The bench has also given the Giants a lift, as Pedro Feliz has filled in roles nicely with offensive production and solid fielding. Damon Minor had a great series finale against the Diamondbacks, and look for Brian Dallimore, called up to replace Durham, to get some playing time and at-bats.
To open the series against Colorado, the Giants will have Bretto Tomko (1-3, 5.51) against former Giant, Shawn Estes (6-3, 6.32). The Giant that has had the most at-bats against Estes is Neifi Perez, who has 11 hit in 40 at-bats against Estes with two doubles. Jeffrey Hammonds and Alfonzo follow that with twenty-five and twenty-one at-bats against Estes each. Hammonds has eight hits and Alfonzo has ten. On the other side, Larry Walker has eight hits in twenty at-bats against Tomko, but other than Walker, the rest of the Rockies have not had a good history against Tomko, including Royce Clayton's 4-19 and Jeromy Burnitz's 3-17.
Following that game will be Jerome Williams (3-3, 4.25) on the mound against Jeff Fassero (0-3, 5.55). The Giants who have faced him have hit him well, with Bonds leading the way with nine hits, including a homerun, in twenty-eight at-bats. Marquis Grissom has eight hits in twenty-three at-bats also with a homerun. Williams has only faced two Rockies, Vinny Castilla and Jeromy Burnitz. Castilla has one double in three at-bats, and Burnitz is hitless in two at-bats.
The series finale will have Giant ace, Jason Schmidt (5-2, 2.78) against the Rockies' Joe Kennedy (4-2, 3.49). Kennedy has had limited experience against the Giants, with Deivi Cruz having had the most at- bats against him with eight. Dustan Mohr is 6-7 against Kennedy, and Pierzynski is 4-6. The Rockies have had plenty of experience with Schmidt, but, like most teams, have not been successful. Castilla has eight hits in thirty-four at-bats, and Walker has ten hit and Charles Johnson has six hits in twenty-nine at-bats.
The Giants' bullpen has been solid recently, with their closer, Matt Herges (1-2, 5.70) leading the way with fourteen saves and four blown saves. Herges has done well against the Rockies, including Todd Helton's 4-15 and Castilla's 1-10. Colorado's Shawn Chacon (0-1, 5.95) has had decent success against the Giants, but Bonds does have two homeruns off him.
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