While the Colorado Rockies are off to the best road start in club history, the San Francisco Giants are in danger of being swept in their opening home series for the first time in 15 years.
Looking to go 6-0 on the road and sweep a set at AT&T Park for the second time in as many seasons, the Rockies try to hand the Giants a sixth consecutive overall defeat Wednesday night.
After going a franchise-worst 21-60 away from home in 2014, Colorado (6-2) is undefeated after five road games for the first time following Tuesday’s 4-1 win at San Francisco.
"We’re just trying to win games, do what we have to do," said Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who fell into the seats after making a spectacular running catch in foul territory in the eighth inning.
Despite their miserable road performance last season, the Rockies only series sweep away from Coors Field came during a three-game set at San Francisco from June 13-15.
Now, they’ll try to become the first team since the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000 to sweep the Giants’ opening home series.
"We talked about it quite a bit this spring that we’ve got to do a better job on the road," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss, whose team has batted .314 and posted a 1.37 ERA while outscoring opponents 26-7 on the road.
San Francisco (3-6) hit .330 and totaled 16 runs in the first three contests but has batted .174 while scoring eight times in the six games since. The Giants ended an 18-inning scoreless stretch with Matt Duffy’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly Tuesday.
”We have some guys that are really, really pressing right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said. ”It’s pretty obvious looking at the at-bats.”
Nori Aoki, however, is not pressing while batting .405 on the year and .364 during a 17-game hitting streak that dates to last season with Kansas City.
The Giants lost a season-high six in a row twice during their World Series championship season of 2014.
"It’s early," Tuesday’s losing pitcher Tim Hudson said. "We’ll have our time."
Bochy hands the ball to Tim Lincecum, who in 37 April games is 17-8 and dropped his ERA to 3.28 after he allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss at San Diego on Friday.
Though the right-hander has yielded 12 runs over 8 1-3 innings of his last two April starts against the Rockies, he hasn’t faced them in the month since 2013. In his only outing versus Colorado last season, Lincecum gave up two runs in six innings but the Giants’ bullpen allowed five runs in the ninth of a 7-4 defeat June 13.
Arenado is 4 for 9 with a double against Lincecum.
Teammate Corey Dickerson is 0 for 6 versus Lincecum, but had three hits Tuesday and is batting .406 with an NL-leading 10 RBIs this season.
Scheduled Colorado starter Tyler Matzek allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven innings of a 3-2 win at San Francisco on Aug. 25.
The left-hander struggled with his control against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, walking three and hitting two batters while allowing one run and four hits over four-plus innings in a 5-1 win.