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In the first of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (54-78) and the San Francisco Giants (69-64) at Coors Field, Chris Rusin (4-7, 4.94 ERA) and Ryan Vogelsong (9-10, 4.19 ERA) take the mound. The Giants go into this series looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 3
The Colorado Rockies are in the middle of a tough stretch of games without a day off, made tougher by a doubleheader earlier this week with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants really need these games after suffering through a brutal series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, where they lost considerable ground in their chase for an NL West title.
San Francisco lost Wednesday to suffer a three-game sweep at the hands of Los Angeles and finds itself 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West and 5 1/2 in back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card spot.The Giants dropped three one-run games in the Los Angeles series as Buster Posey didn’t score or drive in a run while going 8-for-14.
San Francisco, which has lost 11 of its last 16 overall contests, is just 5-7 against the last-place Rockies this season. Colorado racked up 18 hits while recording a 9-4 victory over Arizona on Wednesday as Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and drove in a career-best seven runs. Gonzalez is just 1-for-17 against scheduled Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, but Wilin Rosario has fared much better by going 5-for-14 with three homers.
The Rockies have mostly come out on top against the Giants in their previous 12 games this season, earning a 7-5 record. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Vogelsong) in this game and have a 49-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Rusin will take the mound against the Giants, who have a 17-15 record against lefty starters this season.