The Colorado Rockies (23-20, 2nd NL West) open a four-game series on the road Thursday against the San Francisco Giants (22-21, 3rd NL West).
The Rockies ran into a buzz saw on Tuesday as Padres pitcher Jordan Lyles was within five outs of tossing a perfect game before Trevor Story was able to single off him in the eighth, nevertheless the Rockies lost 4-0. German Marquez took the loss to fall to 2-5. Four hits by Brandon Crawford helped lead the Giants over the Reds on Tuesday 5-3. Brandon Belt added a home run and the Giants have now won three straight. The Giants conclude their series with the Reds on Wednesday prior to hosting the Rockies.
Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies with a .317 batting average and team high 44 hits. Charlie Blackmon has a team high 11 home runs, and Trevor Story a team high 32 RBIs. Colorado has a team batting average of .229 while opposing hitters are averaging .246 at the plate against Rockies pitching. On Thursday, the Rockies will send Chad Bettis to the mound. The right-hander this season is 4-1 with an ERA of 3.12, 30 Ks and 17 BBs.
Buster Posey leads the Giants with a .310 batting average. Brandon Belt has a team high 42 hits, eight home runs and 22 RBIs. San Francisco has a team batting average of .256, while opposing hitters are averaging .252 at the plate against Giants pitching. San Francisco will send Jeff Samardzija to the mound on Saturday. The right-hander this season is 1-2 with an ERA of 6.94, 20 Ks and 15 BBs.