SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 05: Emmanuel Burriss #2 of the San Francisco Giants scores on a hit by Andres Torres #56 of the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning to give the Giants a 2-1 lead over the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on June 5, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Rockies Vs. Giants: Colorado Drops 2-1 Decision To San Francisco

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Colorado's Offense Helpless Again In 2-1 Loss To San Francisco

Through 5.2 innings, Colorado Rockies starter Jason Hammel was pitching a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants and held a 1-0 lead. A walk followed by back-to-back singles would plate the Giants their first run. Hammel would leave the game after the seventh inning and watch Matt Lindstrom give up the go-ahead run in the seventh, putting the game at its final score, 2-1, in favor of the Giants.

Lindstrom started the eighth with a walk to Pat Burrell, who was replaced by Emmanuel Burriss as a pinch-runner. Burriss advanced to second on a sacrifice by Ryan Vogelsong and then moved to third on a passed ball by Chris Iannetta. Andres Torres then singled in Burriss for the team's second run of the game.

It would be true to say of Chris Iannetta, "He giveth a run, he taketh a run away." Iannetta hit his eighth home run of the season with a two-out solo shot in the fifth inning. But that was only one of four Rockies hits on the day. Ty Wigginton had the other two, while Seth Smith had the other one. However, Smith also struck out three times. Not to be outdone, Carlos Gonzalez struck out in all four of his at-bats.

The Rockies (27-31, 14-16 away) head to San Diego for a three-game series with the Padres, closing out a nine-game road trip.

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Colorado Goes For Series Victory With Jason Hammel On Mound

After they picked up a hard-to-come-by one-run victory, 2-1, over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, the Colorado Rockies could take their second consecutive series against them. They swept a mini two-game series at Coors Field in May.

Jason Hammel will look to rebound from his Memorial Day start when the Dodgers tagged seven runs on him in 4.2 innings. Of course, it didn't help that his offense put one run on the boards with 14 hits to go along with it. His ERA went from 3.20 to 3.89 after that start. That was his first start since April 6 that he didn't pitch at least six innings (he went five in his first start of the season).

Hammel hasn't started previously against the Giants in 2011, but his opponent, Ryan Vogelsong, will make his third appearance, second start, of the season against the Rockies. His May 6 start was a dominant one against the Rockies. He went 6.1 innings and held the Rockies to zero run on one hit. The Giants won that game, 3-0.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. MT. Tune into ROOT Sports for live coverage.

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Chacin, Tulowitzki Deliver Colorado 2-1 Victory

Despite a 32-minute rain delay, the Colorado Rockies pulled out a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday afternoon, improving to 7-12 in one-run games. This was the Rockies' fourth win in 10 games against the Giants this season, and they moved back to 4.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West standings.

Through four innings the Rockies allowed Madison Bumgarner to pitch to the minimum number of batters because of a Jose Morales double play in the third inning and a Carlos Gonzalez caught stealing in the fourth inning. However, the fifth inning turned things in favor of the Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Spilborghs both singled, though Ty Wigginton recorded the first out in between those two. Then Chris Nelson grounded into a fielder's choice, which started with Ryan Spilborghs out at second, but Troy Tulowitzki moved to third and then to home on an error by shortstop Brandon Crawford. In the sixth inning, Tulowitzki singled in Eric Young Jr., who started the inning off with a single.

Jhoulys Chacin allowed one run on four hits and three walks in six innings. That one run came on a Cody Ross home run in the sixth inning. Huston Street picked up his first save since May 17, his 15th of the season. Street was saved by a Ryan Spilborghs catch on the final out, coming up with the ball on a shot by Brandon Crawford.

The Rockies (27-30, 14-15 away) finish this series on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Jason Hammel and Ryan Vogelsong are scheduled to start.

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Rockies Call Up LHP Rex Brothers For MLB Debut, Matt Daley Demoted

The Colorado Rockies have called up top relief prospect Rex Brothers, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Brothers, a left handed pitcher, has enjoyed a spectacular season in AAA Colorado Springs and will finally make his major league debut.

Brothers was the 34th overall selection in the 2009 MLB Draft, selected as compensation for the loss of LHP Brian Fuentes via free agency. He has widely been considered a future closer for Colorado and their best lefty relief pitcher in the farm system. Over his minor league career, Brothers has a spectacular 11.8 K/9 rate paired with a very good 2.38 BB/9 rate. This season in AAA, he has struck out 45 batters in only 28 innings, completely dominating his league and demanding a callup to the majors with his performance.

Though he has a very bright future ahead of him, Brothers is likely to be used in lower leverage situations for now due to his lack of experience, and especially with current lefty reliever Matt Reynolds enjoying a very successful season in the Rockies' bullpen.

Matt Daley appears to be the corresponding roster move, as the reliever has struggled since his initial callup last month. Daley has allowed seven earned runs in only six innings this season, though he has performed well in AAA Colorado Springs this year and represents good bullpen depth. According to Renck, Daley has been suffering from shoulder stiffness and will be checked out by a doctor next week

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Jhoulys Chacin Ready For San Francisco

The Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants are at it again after Friday night's game. This is a Saturday afternoon game, so it's shown regionally on FOX. Tune in to KDVR-31 in Colorado at 2:10 p.m.

Jhoulys Chacin makes his first start against the Giants this season, but his one career start at AT&T Park was strong. He threw seven shutout innings and allowed just one hit. He struck out seven and walked none. After his last two starts, both losses, Chacin could use a start like that. He did have one like that three starts ago against the Phillies, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings and striking out nine. In his last two starts combined, Chacin allowed nine runs in 13 innings but did strike out 11.

For the Giants, Madison Bumgarner will make his second start against the Rockies and at AT&T Park again. In that start, Bumgarner pitched into the seventh inning before his costly throwing error eventually led to two runs scoring. He left with the game tied at two. But the Giants went on to win the game, 3-2, on a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

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Giants Big Inning Defeat Rockies, 3-1, As Nicasio Tagged With Loss

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Cody Ross doubled in two runs and scored another in the fourth inning to provide enough offense behind Matt Cain in the Giants’ 3-1 victory over the Rockies.

Cain (4-4) twirled seven innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits and four walks while striking out seven for San Francisco, which opened this three-game National League West series with its third straight win.

Juan Nicasio (1-1), in his second career start, gave up three runs on nine hits over six innings, though he did record two of Colorado’s five hits.

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Rockies Vs. Giants: Colorado Continues West Coast Swing In San Francisco

Not much has changed for the Colorado Rockies after their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers to start this week. They're still 4.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants, whom they play this weekend. While the Rockies' offense did just enough to pick up the win on Wednesday, that victory was due more to Ubaldo Jimenez. He found a 96 mph fastball in that start and pitched a complete game shutout, allowing seven hits, striking out seven and walking zero. Unfortunately, the Rockies won't see if Jimenez can replicate those results (even to a lesser degree in this series.

Instead, Colorado will turn to rookie starter Juan Nicasio. The last time we saw Nicasio on the mound he picked up his first major league victory in his first major league start. The Rockies offense went hit-happy against the St. Louis and scored 15 runs last Saturday. Nicasio allowed just one run (unearned at that) in seven innings and scattered six hits. He is pitching to keep a spot in the rotation as Aaron Cook is only a few days away from coming off the 60-day disabled list. His competition, Clayton Mortensen, was tagged for five runs in his last start. Greg Reynolds is also a candidate to be sent back to the minors when Cook is ready.

Meanwhile, the Giants regained the NL West lead by half of one game on Thursday when they took their third win in a four-game series with the Cardinals and the Diamondbacks lost to the Washington Nationals. They will have Matt Cain on the mound. He's lost his last two starts, allowing four runs and five runs, respectively. In his two starts against the Rockies, Cain was touched up for six runs over 4.2 innings in Coors Field. But back in the Bay Area, Cain went seven innings and allowed three runs for the no-decision (the Giants won, 4-3).

Expected Starters

Friday, June 3
Juan Nicasio vs. Matt Cain, 8:10 p.m. MT, ROOT

Saturday, June 4
Jhoulys Chacin vs. Madison Bumgarner, 2:10 p.m. MT, KDVR-31

Sunday, June 5
Jason Hammel vs. Ryan Vogelsong, 2:05 p.m. MT, ROOT

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