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5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, July 16, 2019
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 47,413

Crawford, Giants aim for more offense vs. Rockies

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San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Giants have won eight of their last 10 games, outscoring their opponents by a total of 32 runs over that time. During this 10-game stretch (since June 30), San Francisco is batting an MLB-high .393 with runners in scoring position.
  2. After losing six straight games entering the All-Star break, the Rockies won their first series of the second half by taking two of three from Cincinnati at Coors Field. Colorado has a 12-6 record at home this season against teams currently below .500.
  3. Through 34 home games this season, Charlie Blackmon has collected 32 extra-base hits. Only two players in the live-ball era (since 1920) have recorded more XBH through their first 34 home games of a season: Chuck Klein in 1932 (35) and David Ortiz in 2016 (33).
  4. In eight games against the Rockies this season, Buster Posey is batting .136 (3-for-22). Entering this season, Posey was a .343 career batter against Colorado with 24 HR and 94 RBI in 131 games.
  5. Despite him sporting a 5.73 ERA at Coors this season, the Rockies are 8-2 in the 10 home starts made by German Marquez this season. Marquez has received, on average, 9.05 runs of support per start at home this season, second highest in the NL among qualifiers to teammate Kyle Freeland (9.27 RSA).
  6. Over his last three starts at Coors Field, Jeff Samardzija is 0-3 with a 12.41 ERA and a .389 opponent batting average. In four career appearances (two starts) against the Rockies, Dereck Rodriguez has a 1.56 ERA and a .246 opponent batting average.
  7. The Giants have a 1972-1621 (.549) record all-time in double-headers. Among teams that have played at least 500 double-header games, that mark ranks second behind the Yankees -- 1990-1452 (.578).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/15/2019 thru 7/17/2019

History-making shortstop Brandon Crawford gets a crack at a struggling rookie pitcher when the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies continue a four-game series on Tuesday night in Denver.

Crawford became the first shortstop in major league history to record five hits and eight RBIs in the same game, accomplishing the feat in the opener of San Francisco's doubleheader sweep on Monday.

The Giants followed the 19-2 shellacking with a 2-1 win in which, fittingly, Crawford produced the difference-making run with his third home run of the day, a solo shot in the fourth inning.

The nightcap was more exciting, but all involved afterward felt compelled to talk about the wild opener, which also featured a tense moment that in the end produced some comic relief to a blowout.

Crawford, whose previous career-high was six RBIs, got a seventh and eighth with a ninth-inning single off Mark Reynolds.

The eight-RBI day earned him a piece of the Giants' San Francisco-era record, which he now shares with Orlando Cepeda and Willie Mays.

"I hit with a lot of guys on base. That was nice. The whole lineup contributed," Crawford said, initially deflecting credit to his teammates.

"I've been feeling good," he continued. "I'm seeing the ball well. You expect to get hits when that happens."

The man assigned to deal initially with Crawford on Tuesday night will be Peter Lambert (2-1, 6.67 ERA), who has never faced the Giants.

The 22-year-old right-hander pitched brilliantly in his first two big-league starts, allowing just two runs and seven hits while striking out 12 in 12 innings.

However, he has since been torched for 20 runs and 30 hits in 17 2/3 innings over four starts, a stretch during which he has allowed eight home runs and fanned just eight.

The Giants will counter with a high-ERA starter of their own, Drew Pomeranz (2-9, 6.42 ERA).

The 30-year-old left-hander has faced the Rockies twice this season, getting a no-decision in a 3-2 win in April and a loss in a 2-0 defeat in June.

Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA against the Rockies in six career games, including four starts.

The setback against Colorado on June 24 began a three-start stretch in which Pomeranz has allowed just six runs in 14 innings while striking out 21.

Chances are Pomeranz will get a chance to face Reynolds, and he probably will do so with Buster Posey behind the plate. It could make for an interesting encounter.

Reynolds hit Posey with a pitch during his ninth-inning stint Monday, after which the former All-Star catcher appeared angry as he took his base.

Posey soon lightened the mood, though, by chuckling after getting Reynolds' attention, and afterward the mild-mannered San Francisco veteran made sure his act wasn't taken the wrong way.

"He just texted that he acted like he was mad at me, but he was messing around," Reynolds told the media afterward. "When I went to hit (in the bottom of the ninth), I told him I was just trying to steal a strike with a little curveball down and away. He just laughed."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 16, 2019

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