The Colorado Rockies (34-55) are on the road to face the San Francisco Giants (47-41) at Oracle Park on Saturday. The Rockies took Friday’s series opener 5-2, their first head-to-head victory in four games this season.
Starter Austin Gomber went six innings to get the win, allowing two runs on five hits, and Daniel Bard earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Randal Grichuk was 2 for 3 with two doubles and one run in the win. Ryan McMahon added a home run and two RBIs. Brandon Crawford went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs for the Giants.
ON THE MOUND
Connor Seabold (1-5, 6.62 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Colorado. The RHP allowed eight runs over five innings in his last start, a 14-9 road defeat against the Tigers on Sunday.
He took the loss, yielding seven hits while striking out four and walking one. Seabold has made one previous start against the Giants this season, a 5-4 home loss on June 7.
He surrendered two runs on two hits over six innings, striking out four and walking two. For San Francisco, RHP Ryan Walker (2-0, 2.57 ERA) will toe the rubber.
He has made one prior appearance against the Rockies this season, holding opposing hitters scoreless over one inning in a 10-4 road win on June 6.
He didn’t give up a hit and struck out two in the win. In his last appearance on Sunday, Walker came on in relief on the road against the Mets. He threw one inning and gave up two runs on three hits in the 8-4 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Colorado has averaged 4.2 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 4.4. Against righties like Walker this season, the Rockies have a .737 OPS.
McMahon is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .871 OPS in 221 at-bats. San Francisco is averaging only 2.6 runs per game in the last five, down from 4.7 for the season, with their slash line falling across the board (.208/.267/.333).
The Giants have a .739 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .886 OPS over 207 at-bats, LaMonte Wade Jr. has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Colorado is 14-31 in road games in 2023, scoring 3.7 runs per game while allowing 5.1 runs. San Francisco has gone 24-22 at Oracle Park this season, averaging 4.1 runs per game while surrendering 4.4. In the last 10 meetings at Oracle Park, San Francisco is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 5.0-3.2.
The Rockies are fifth in the NL West, 17 games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The Giants are third in the NL West, three games behind the Diamondbacks.
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