May 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti (33) talks to starting pitcher Barry Zito (75) during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Giants Look to Tie For First in NL West Against Rockies

The San Francisco Giants have run mostly on offense this year, but the offense has struggled lately.

Last night, Tim Lincecum threw the ball well, but the Giants lost to the Rockies 5-0. Tyler Chatwood carved up the Giants’ offense, which is what Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez did against the Giants on Wednesday. San Francisco has scored one run in its last 19 innings, and the pitching staff’s ERA is still fairly close to 5.00 (4.65). However, the Giants are still just one game behind the Rockies.

Colorado’s offense scored five runs last night, and its offense is fifth in the league in runs scored and batting average. The Giants’ offense has done well this year as well, as the Giants are 12th in runs scored and fourth in batting average. However, the team is going to have to be more consistent on offense and on the mound to stay in the NL West race.

The Rockies have been better this year, and they’re looking to stay hot with Juan Nicasio on the mound. Nicasio, who twirled a six-inning gem against the Giants on Sunday, will face Barry Zito, who is 3-2 with a 3.91 ERA. Zito has thrown the ball well this year, but he allowed five runs in 5.2 innings in his last start against Colorado.

Can the Giants keep it going against Colorado? Find out when first pitch is thrown at 1:05 PM PST, and check back on Golden Gate Sports for complete postgame coverage.

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