San Francisco Giants hitter Evan Longoria swings hard enough to break his bat for a ground out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Mon Apr 5, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Following a much-needed extra-inning victory over San Diego on Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants have an off day on Thursday before starting a weekend homestand hosting the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park.
The Rockies are off to a 2-4 start, while the Giants are 3-3. Colorado is fifth in the National League in runs scored (37), but struggle with an overall team batting average of .228 (16th). In between a season-opening win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and Wednesday’s 8-0 victory over Arizona, the Rockies lost four straight games.
Ryan McMahon leads the Colorado offense with four home runs and a .381 average and seven runs batted in.
Giants hitting leaders in the early going include Donovan Solano (.409 average), Evan Longoria (.318 avg., .773 slugging percentage, three home runs and five RBI), and Darin Ruf (three RBI, .400 OBP).
Kevin Gausman has yet to win a decision for San Francisco, but has an 0.66 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings along with 11 strikeouts and a 1.32 earned run average in two starts. Jake McGee has a win and two saves out of the bullpen with five strikeouts in four innings.
The weekend probable pitchers (Colorado-San Francisco): Friday – Austin Gomber (0-1, 3.00) vs. Johnny Cueto (0-0, 4.76); Saturday – Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0, 5.40) vs. Logan Webb (0-1, 5.06); Sunday – German Marquez (0-0, 3.60) vs. Anthony Desclafani (0-0, 1.80).
Following the series with Colorado, the Giants host Cincinnati Monday through Wednesday before an eastern road trip to Miami and Philadelphia.