Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Giants, Rockies set to open series after off-days

The Giants and Rockies square off for the first time in 2016 for a three-game National League West showdown at Coors Field starting Tuesday night. Coming off an intense four-game set with the rival Dodgers, the Giants will come in a little refreshed from a day off.
The Rockies got a day off as well heading into their third consecutive series against a division club to start the season (they've faced the D-backs and Padres). Two right-handers square off in their second starts this year: Giants key free-agent pickup Jeff Samardzija and the Rockies' Tyler Chatwood. Samardzija will face a powerful Colorado lineup that includes rookie Trevor Story, who hit his seventh homer of the season on Sunday.
Things to know about this game
• The Rockies edged the season series, 11-8, in 2015. The teams split 10 games at Coors Field, and Colorado was 6-3 at AT&T Park. San Francisco is 210-166 in the all-time series.
• Chatwood won after allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in Arizona. It was his first appearance since April 29, 2014, after missing most of that season and all of '15 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
• Samardzija allowed three runs on eight hits (one homer) and three walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his Giants debut for a no-decision against the Brewers.

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