MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Colorado0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 381
San Francisco1 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 x 8121
  W: S. Coonrod (5-1)   L: J. Tinoco (0-3)
12:45 PM PT1:45 PM MT2:45 PM CT3:45 PM ET15:45 ET19:45 GMT3:45 12:45 PM MST2:45 PM EST3:15 PM VEN23:45 UAE2:45 PM CT, September 26, 2019
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 30,350

Giants, Rockies conclude tightly contested series

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According to STATS

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants

  1. San Francisco leads the season series between these clubs 10-6 and has won four of seven at home. The Rockies and Giants have scored a combined 4.86 runs per game this season in San Francisco and a combined 13.78 runs per game in Colorado.
  2. The Giants dropped two of three against the Braves over the weekend with every game decided by at least three runs. The Giants lead MLB with a 37-16 record (.698 win pct.) in one-run games but are 38-65 (.369) in all others. Their 37 wins in one-run games are the most since the 1993 Royals went 38-32.
  3. The Rockies lost two of three against the Dodgers despite hitting eight home runs in the series. Colorado is 35-33 this season when hitting multiple home runs in a game, the worst record in the National League, after going 89-26 in multi-homer games over the previous two seasons, third best in the NL.
  4. Mike Yastrzemski has a .313 batting average and .395 on-base percentage in September despite a slash line of .182/.280/.182 at home this month. On the season, Yastrzemski is hitting .240 at Oracle Park and .300 on the road.
  5. Sam Hilliard is hitting .600 in his last five games (9-for-15) with four home runs and a 2.067 OPS. He is the only Colorado rookie to ever have an OPS over 2.000 for any five-game stretch (min. 12 plate appearances).
  6. Charlie Blackmon is batting .161 at Oracle Park this season with a .381 OPS while Nolan Arenado is hitting .154 with a .582 OPS. Since 2017, the duo has combined for a slash line of .201/.275/.308 when playing in San Francisco.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2019 thru 9/26/2019

A pair of struggling 26-year-old pitchers get the spotlight Thursday afternoon when the Colorado Rockies and host San Francisco Giants meet for the last time in 2019 in the finale of a three-game series that's been dominated by youngsters.

Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland (3-11, 6.84 ERA) and San Francisco righty Tyler Beede (5-10, 5.23) each looks to cap a disappointing season on a positive note. The Rockies (68-90) will be concluding their season road campaign while the Giants (76-82) continue Bruce Bochy Appreciation Week.

It's been a high-stress series for both Bochy and Rockies manager Bud Black, with each having had to endure a 16-inning marathon on Tuesday before another tightly contested, 2-1 contest on Wednesday that ended on a walk-off home run.

Second-year right-hander DJ Johnson, the fifth Rockies pitcher, served up the game-ending blast to rookie Jaylin Davis in the rematch after Bochy and Black had combined to use 57 players -- the second most in major league history -- in a 5-hour, 31-minute affair on Tuesday.

Bochy found a use for 29 of his guys in the game, setting a Giants franchise record on his way out the door this weekend.

Interestingly, if the record survives the rest of the week, new rules will assure the mark won't be broken again anytime soon. That's because starting next season, rosters will be capped at 28 in September, 12 fewer than what's allowed under current regulations.

Bochy assured reporters in the aftermath of Tuesday's game that he isn't necessarily a fan of the dramatic change.

"From a personal standpoint, I actually like seeing these young players get a chance to experience time in the major leagues," he said. "Maybe cut (the rosters) back a little, whether it's five or six (players), but still, don't cut it back to the point that some of these young guys who grind the whole year don't get time. Even if they get a cup of coffee, they can say, 'I made it to the big leagues.' I'm good with that."

One player whose career appeared to be in jeopardy on Tuesday night produced good news even before the start of Wednesday's contest when Rockies pitcher Jeff Hoffman, who had been carted off the mound the night before, was back on his feet and gushing over a positive medical report.

Hit on the knee with a line drive off the bat of Alex Dickerson, Hoffman reported a day later he'd received nothing more than a bruise, and he still considers himself available to make the season-ending start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

"The last thing I wanted to do was end my season like that -- not on my own terms," Hoffman noted to reporters before Wednesday's game. "But to have pain like that and 20 to 30 minutes later get the good news, it was a big relief. I'm just happy that nothing crazy happened."

Given the 2019 track records of Thursday's starters, Bochy and Black could have another busy afternoon.

Freeland worked just two innings on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first game back following a groin injury. He is 1-1 against the Giants this season in three starts, and 6-3 against them in his career with a 3.13 ERA in 11 starts.

Beede, meanwhile, has faced the Rockies just twice in his career -- both times this season -- and gotten roughed up on each occasion. He's allowed seven runs and 11 hits in just 5 2/3 innings, going 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA.

In his latest outing, Beede gave up six runs on seven hits in six innings during a 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2019

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