National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 15th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (13-21) at San Francisco Giants (18-17), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 5.92)
San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (2-3, 5.89)
(Sports Network) - Tim Lincecum has allowed at least three runs every time he
fails to pitch the San Francisco Giants into the win column.
Lincecum has permitted only one earned run in his two wins this season and
will make his eighth start tonight in the conclusion of a two-game series
versus the NL West-rival Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. Lincecum, a two-time
NL Cy Young Award winner, lost at Los Angeles in Wednesday's 6-2 decision and
was reached for four runs and eight hits in five innings of work.
The right-hander, who possesses great velocity for a man his size at 5-11, 170
pounds, fell to 2-3 on the season and saw his earned run average balloon to
5.89. Lincecum is 1-1 in three home starts in 2012 and will face Colorado for
the second time this season after he lasted just 2 1/3 innings in a 17-8 loss
at Coors Field on April 11. Lincecum avoided a losing decision that day and
allowed six runs on eight hits. He is 8-6 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 career starts
in this series.
San Francisco is counting on Lincecum to keep its winning streak alive and
posted a third straight win with last night's 3-2 victory in the series
opener. Ryan Vogelsong threw seven innings of one-run ball in the no-decision
and Sergio Romo was credited with the win by getting the final out of the
eighth inning. Santiago Casilla tossed the ninth for his eighth save.
Gregor Blanco ended 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored, while Buster
Posey and Brett Pill had two hits and an RBI apiece for the Giants, who opened
a seven-game homestand on a positive note and won for the sixth time in nine
"It's great to see the club playing a lot better here the last three days,"
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera went 0-for-4 and had his 11-game hitting
Colorado will close out an unsuccessful eight-game road trip tonight and
wasted a solid effort from starter Christian Friedrich in Monday's loss.
Friedrich was reached for only one run and six hits in six seven innings and
struck out 10 batters with just one walk.
Rex Brothers took the loss for allowing the decisive run in the eighth.
"You can't be disappointed with this effort. You're disappointed with the
outcome because we played a good ball game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Wilin Rosario had an RBI and scored a run, and Jonathan Herrera ended with two
hits for the Rockies, who have dropped four in a row and nine of 10 games. The
Rockies are 1-6 so far on the road swing and will begin a five-game homestand
tomorrow versus Arizona.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-2 with two walks and was also hit
in the left leg by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Dexter Fowler. X-rays
taken after the game revealed no major damage and he is day-to-day.
Taking the mound for the Rockies tonight will be Jeremy Guthrie, who is in his
first season with the ballclub. Guthrie has not pitched since April 22 because
of a right shoulder sprain and was last in action in a 4-1 win at Milwaukee,
as he fired seven innings of one-run ball and scattered three hits.
Guthrie faced San Francisco and opposed Lincecum in the aforementioned 17-8
Rockies win, but did not figure into the decision when he was battered for six
runs and nine hits in only 3 1/3 innings. Guthrie is 0-1 with a lofty 9.64
earned run average in two career starts against the Giants and 2-1 in four
starts overall this season (5.92 ERA).
San Francisco won two of three meetings with the Rockies from April 9-12 this
season at Coors Field. The Giants have won 10 of the previous 12 matchups
between the two NL West inhabitants.
05/15 10:49:32 ET