The Giants and Rockies try keep pace in the West in a battle by the bay.
Colorado was playing well earlier in the year and looked to be battling for first place in the turbulent NL West, but have slipped slowly back to the pack. Here, they find the Giants, who have shown signs of competing but can’t keep momentum going.
San Francisco will send prolific lefty Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 3.20 ERA) to the hill to defend home turf. It’s been a mixed back since MadBum returned to the rotation, but his last outing was his best. Hosting San Diego back on June 21, Madison threw eight shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight. The Giants prevailed 3-0, giving Bumgarner his first win of the year.
Colorado will counter with their own left, young Kyle Freeland (7-6, 3.55 ERA). Freeland has been solid this season, delivering quality starts in 10 of his 15 turns. He scored a win at home against the Mets last Wednesday, going six innings, allowing 2 ER an striking out four.
Both teams are looking up at the Diamondbacks and surging Dodgers. The Giants took game one of the three game set on Tuesday night, 3-2. Perennial MVP candidate Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies with a .318 average and 18 homers, while the Giants are paced by Brandon Crawford (.308) and Brandon Belt (12 HR) respectively.
The action starts at 7:15pm in San Francisco.