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  • Rockies/Giants Wed May 21st

    Wed May 21st 1:05 MT-TV: FSN-HD | Radio: KOA 850
    TV: CSN-BA | Radio: KNBR 680

    _______Rockies vs Giants_______

    _______Ubaldo Jimenez 1-4 5.29era vs Jonathan Sanchez 2-3 4.59era_______

    Rockies: Jimenez pitched one of his best efforts of the season on Friday, holding the Twins to two runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings, his longest stint of the season. He used his two-seam fastball to good effect low in the zone, striking out five and throwing 67 strikes against 27 balls. Jimenez showed an ability to avoid the big innings that had plagued him in earlier starts. He has lost his last three decisions, despite posting back-to-back quality starts and posting a 3.95 ERA over the course of his last two trips to the hill.

    Giants: Sanchez pitched well enough to win in his most recent outing, Friday against the Chicago White Sox. He blanked Chicago on three hits through six innings and had two outs in the seventh before Nick Swisher's broken-bat single prolonged the inning. Up came .136-hitting Alexei Ramirez, who homered for the game's only runs. Ramirez homered on a changeup, the pitch that actually worked well for Sanchez much of the night. Sanchez received no decision April 30 against Colorado at AT&T Park and fell just short of a quality start, allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He also walked five, which prevented him from pitching deeper into the game.

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    Right-handed reliever Alberto Arias, called up on May 6, had not given up a hit to a left-handed hitter until Fred Lewis launched a key solo shot with one out in the ninth inning on Tuesday night. The Giants scored an additional run off Arias, and had a three-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. The Giants held on to win, 6-5. ... In an interesting twist, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided not to face Todd Helton with a man on base and two outs in the ninth inning. He preferred that closer Brian Wilson face Garrett Atkins with two on base in a one-run game. Atkins has a much higher average and seven home runs to Helton's four. Atkins struck out. "Bochy's seen as many swings [of Helton's] as any opposing manager, so he picked his poison and it turned out working their way," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. Bochy was the longtime manager of the Padres before taking over the Giants last year.

    Sanchez ranks among the National League leaders with 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He has no record with a 6.89 ERA in nine career outings, including one start, against Colorado. ... Manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Jose Castillo would return to third base in Wednesday's series finale. Castillo is hitting .364 (20-for-55) with five doubles, three triples, two home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 18 games. ... The traditional lefty-righty percentages don't lie when left-hander Barry Zito is on the mound. Right-handed batters are hitting .349 off Zito, compared to .276 for left-handed batters

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