Coming off a stellar homestand, the surging San Francisco Giants look to carry over that success to the road and possibly earn a bonus victory at Colorado this week.
The Giants try for a season-high seventh straight victory when they resume a previously suspended game prior to Monday's originally scheduled contest with the Rockies.San Francisco (74-62) outscored Colorado and Milwaukee 42-11 while winning the final six on a seven-game homestand. Pablo Sandoval homered and had three RBIs while Hunter Pence added four hits as the NL wild card-leading Giants moved within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the West with a 15-5 rout of the reeling Brewers on Sunday."We've turned it on at the best time of the year," said Madison Bumgarner, who earned his 16th win Sunday. "We're getting hot and everybody's doing their part."Looking to win seven straight for the first time since an eight-game run Sept. 11-18, 2011, the Giants can match that streak by going undefeated Monday.The first game will pick up with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning from a game tied 2-2 that was suspended by rain on May 22. Each team will use a new pitcher and lineup since the rosters have changed, and could benefit from the expanded rosters."That first game is going to get intriguing," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, whose team is 2/3 at Coors Field this season.Colorado's Michael Cuddyer was at first base and Troy Tulowitzki was scheduled to hit when play stopped, but both are currently on the disabled list."We're going to be able to use the September callups because if we didn't I don't think we'd have a bench for the game because of all the substitutions we have to make," Rockies manager Walt Weiss told MLB's official website.San Francisco's Buster Posey is 1 for 3 in this contest, and batting .379 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight against Colorado (54-82). Though Posey is hitless in two of three overall, he's batting .455 with 13 RBIs in his last 10 contests.Teammate Tim Hudson (9-9, 2.90 ERA), who allowed a run and five hits in three innings before an 82-minute rain delay ended his day in the May 22 contest, takes the mound in Monday's scheduled game.Though Hudson does not have a decision in three starts versus Colorado this season, he dropped his ERA in those games to 2.95 after yielding a solo homer to Corey Dickerson, three other hits and striking out eight in eight innings of a 4-2 victory Wednesday.Charlie Blackmon is 5 for 13 against Hudson, who is 0-2 with a 7.05 ERA in seven starts at Coors.Blackmon has homered in two consecutive games and has an RBI in four straight for the Rockies, who fell 6-2 at Arizona on Sunday for their fifth loss in six contests.Making his third straight start, Franklin Morales (5-7, 5.14) is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season. He gave up a run and struck out six in six innings while opposing Hudson on Wednesday.While Sandoval is 3 for 16 with a homer and five strikeouts against the left-hander, Pence is 6 for 14 and also homered versus Morales.Pence is batting .404 with 11 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak, and .457 while hitting safely in 13 straight against the Rockies.