Rockies at Giants
The Colorado Rockies had a day off Wednesday, allowing right-hander Chad Bettis to celebrate a special anniversary -- the one year mark since he underwent his final chemotherapy treatment following testicular surgery. Bettis will be on the mound Thursday when the Rockies resume their nine-game road trip with the first of four at the San Francisco Giants.
A 14-game winner in 2016, Bettis did not pitch until mid-August last year and finished 2-4 in nine starts, but he already has won four times in eight outings this season. Third baseman Nolan Arenado had a four-game hitting streak snapped in Wednesday's 4-0 loss at San Diego but is a career .311 hitter with 21 homers in 88 games versus San Francisco. The Giants had a three-game hitting streak halted and were denied a sweep in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to visiting Cincinnati despite Brandon Belt's solo home run that gave him the team lead with nine. Belt has gone deep in each of the last three games and is 10-for-23 during a five-game hitting streak.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco), AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. Giants RH Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 6.94)
Bettis was knocked around last time out, matching his shortest outing of the season when he was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits over five innings in a no-decision versus Milwaukee. Not surprisingly, Bettis has been much better away from Coors Field, compiling a 4-1 record and 1.35 ERA in five road starts as opposed to a 6.89 ERA at home. Belt (7-for-16) and outfielder Andrew McCutchen (4-for-8) have worn out Bettis.
Samardzija was one out from getting through six innings for the first time this season when he surrendered a two-run blast and wound up charged with five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision at Pittsburgh. He lasted four innings in his previous turn, giving up five runs in a loss at Philadelphia. Ian Desmond (10-for-24), Arenado (12-for-29) and Gerardo Parra (12-for-30) are batting .400 or above against Samardzija.
1. Giants SS Brandon Crawford is 10-for-13 over the last four games.
2. Desmond is 3-for-29 over the past eight games.
3. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (finger) threw a 30-pitch bullpen Wednesday and will toss another one Friday or Saturday.