Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Rockies were shut out in their last road game. Trying to avoid a similar fate, they’ll attempt to invigorate their offense against the Giants in game two of their series on Friday.
Colorado managed just four hits - all singles - in their 7-0 loss in the first game of the four-game set versus San Francisco. They’ll try to back up Austin Gomber (9-6, 3.79 ERA) with some more support in game two. The right-hander has had a pretty solid season thus far, bringing what was a high walk rate at the start of the season down to 2.6 BB/9 and posting a 9.1 K/9.
Recording a win on Friday would tie him with Germán Márquez for the team lead. Gomber has not had great success in his two outings versus the Giants, however. With two starts in April, he posted a 12.38 ERA and allowed eight hits and eight walks in as many innings. The native Floridian will try to improve his fortunes on Friday.
The Giants counter with Anthony DeScalfini (10-5, 3.28 ERA). On the injured list since August 4th with fatigue in his right shoulder, DeScalfini has struggled since the All-Star Break, posting a 6.63 ERA in his four starts since. His last win was July 10th versus the Nationals.
DeScalfini, in his seventh year in MLB but first with the Giants, has pitched well against the Rockies in the past. Over five starts, he owns a 2.25 ERA and has struck out 32 in 32 innings.
No Giant has more than five at-bats against Gomber. Wilmer Flores and Buster Posey are both 2-for-4, and Darin Ruf and Kris Bryant each have a hit in their two and three at-bats, respectively. Austin Slater, the lone Giant with five at-bats versus the lefty, is 1-for-5.
The Rockies have a bit more history with DeScalfani. Charlie Blackmon is 2-for-10, Ryan McMahon is 2-for-8, Trevor Story is 3-for-10, and Elías Díaz is 3-for-7, as well as a homer (the only one DeScalfani has allowed to this Rockies squad).
First Pitch: 7:45 p.m. MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain (COL), NBC Sports Bay Area (SF), MLB.TV
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
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