MLB

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Francisco0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 7110
Colorado0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 4100
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  W: T. Rogers (6-1)   L: C. Estévez (2-4)   S: J. McGee (30)
12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, September 8, 2021
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 20,358

Jon Gray, Rockies try to avoid sweep by Giants

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Giants are 9-4 against the Rockies this season, but Colorado won two of the three games played at Coors Field. Three of the nine Giants' wins this season have been shutouts. Last season, it was the Rockies that won the season series six games to four.
  2. The Giants won two of three at home against the Dodgers and have a one-game lead in the division. They are batting just .232 in away games this season compared to .255 at Oracle Park, but they have hit 30 more home runs on the road (116 to 86).
  3. The Rockies split a four-game series with Atlanta and have won six of their last 11 games overall. Five of their last seven games have been decided by one run with the Rockies winning just two of them. Overall, Colorado is 19-22 on the season in one-run games.
  4. Brandon Crawford went 5-for-8 in the two games he played in the series against the Dodgers. He scored two runs yesterday, his first runs scored since August 12 versus Colorado. Crawford is currently one home run shy of his 20th of the season which would be the second time he has reached 20 in his career (21 in 2015).
  5. Charlie Blackmon did not play yesterday, but he has hit a home run in three consecutive games. This is his sixth career time with a three-game home run streak. He has never had a four-game streak.
  6. Kevin Gausman leads the majors with a 1.79 ERA road starts this season (minimum 50.0 innings pitched). He has a 3.39 ERA at home this season. Kyle Freeland has seven career wins against the Giants which is his most against any single team.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2021 thru 9/8/2021

The Colorado Rockies had a chance to be major spoilers on their seven-game homestand, but the only thing that's been spoiled is their home record.

After splitting a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves over the weekend, Colorado has dropped two straight to the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants.

The Rockies, outscored 22-8 the past two days, have a chance to salvage the last game when the teams meet Wednesday afternoon.

The Giants (89-50) won 12-3 on Tuesday, their third straight victory.

San Francisco will send right-hander Anthon DeSclafani (11-6, 3.24 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday. Colorado right-hander Jon Gray (7-10, 4.13) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list to make the start.

DeSclafani has started 26 games this season, and nearly a third of his victories have come against the Rockies. All three of his starts vs. Colorado in 2021 have been at home. Wednesday will be his second career start at Coors Field.

He has two shutouts this season, one coming against the Rockies on April 11. In the three outings against Colorado, DeSclafani has allowed just two runs and has a microscopic 0.90 ERA.

DeSclafani is 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six career starts vs. Colorado. In his one game at Coors Field, he allowed three runs over seven innings but came away with a no-decision in 2015.

The Giants' pitchers have done well in Denver this series because they have remained aggressive. Tuesday's starter, Logan Webb, didn't shy away from throwing strikes, and his pitch total was 60 through six innings. He wound up at 85 in his seven-inning outing.

"This is a very difficult environment to pitch," San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. "When you're on the mound at Coors Field, you have to attack the strike zone and understand there's going to be some hard contact."

Colorado has lost three straight overall, and its dominance at home has gone away. The Rockies had won nine straight at Coors Field to start an 11-2 home stretch prior to their Sunday defeat to Atlanta.

Gray went on the 10-day injured list on Sept. 1, retroactive to Aug. 29, due to right forearm tightness that cropped up in his Aug. 28 start at Dodger Stadium. It was a worrisome injury, but he made quick progress.

Gray is looking to turn things around. He has been the losing pitcher in four of his past five starts, and he hasn't won since July 30 at San Diego.

The surging Giants might not provide a way out of the slump. In 14 career starts against them, he is 2-7 with a 5.88 ERA. In his last appearance against the Giants, Aug. 15 at San Francisco, he allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings as Colorado lost 5-2.

While Gray is set to return, the Rockies hope Connor Joe can get back before the end of the season. The rookie outfielder, who is in the injured list due to a right hamstring strain, has made an impression on his coaches with a strong season.

"What we saw in spring training, what we saw throughout this year, what he did in the minor leagues leads us to believe that that can continue now," Colorado manager Bud Black said.

Joe, 29, began his major league career with the Giants, appearing in eight games and going 1-for-15 in 2019. This year, he is batting .285 with eight homers and 35 RBIs in 63 games.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 8, 2021


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