(Sports Network) - Lefty Barry Zito aims to snap a three-month winless drought
on Monday night when the San Francisco Giants head to Coors Field to open a
three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.
The 35-year-old southpaw was 4-3 on the season after a 5-2 defeat of his
former team, Oakland, on May 30, but he's dropped six decisions in 15
He was shelled for six runs on seven hits while retiring just 11 batters in
his most recent outing on Aug. 21 against Boston, when the Giants lost a 12-1
Zito hasn't pitched more than six innings since a no-decision against Miami on
June 22 and hasn't struck out as many as five batters since a July 9 game
against the New York Mets.
He's 8-4 in 22 career meetings with Colorado, with a 2.98 earned run average
in 148 full innings.
Colorado replies with righty Juan Nicasio, who's gone three starts since his
The soon-to-be 27-year-old - his birthday is Aug. 31 - was 6-6 on the season
after a 5-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Aug. 4, but he's since defeated the Pirates
and gotten two no-decisions in three starts.
Nicasio has logged 17 1/3 innings in the subsequent three outings - in which
the Rockies are 2-1 - and allowed 17 hits and seven runs.
He is 1-1 in four career starts against the Giants.
On Sunday in San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong pitched eight shutout innings to
help the Giants take a 4-0 win over the Pirates to wrap up a four-game series.
Vogelsong (3-4) gave up just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts, while
Sandy Rosario left a man on second in the ninth to complete the shutout for
the Giants, who took the final two games of this set after dropping five of
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run triple, while Buster Posey and Joaquin Arias each
drove in a run in the win.
In Miami, Nolan Arenado's tie-breaking RBI double in the top of the sixth
inning proved to be the difference, as the Rockies edged the Marlins, 4-3, in
the rubber match of a three-game set at Marlins Park.
Ryan Wheeler collected two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Michael
Cuddyer scored a pair of runs for the Rockies, who wrapped up a 10-game road
trip at 4-6.
Jorge De La Rosa (14-6) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks over
five frames to earn his fourth consecutive victory. Rex Brothers worked around
a pair of walks in the ninth to secure his 13th save of the season.
The Giants won seven of the first 13 games with the Rockies in 2013, though
Colorado took two of three when they let met, from June 28-30, at Coors Field.
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