Jorge De La Rosa was dreadful in his return from the disabled list. He's hoping to change his fortunes in a home matchup with the San Francisco Giants.
The Colorado Rockies left-hander has usually been on his game when facing the Giants at Coors Field, and he'll try for another sharp outing Saturday night.
De La Rosa gave up nine runs and nine hits while pitching just two innings in his first start back from a strained groin, a 14-3 loss to San Diego on Monday.
"I think I was overthrowing a lot, got too excited," he said. "I was trying to throw as hard as I can, but you can't make outs if you don't have command. It was my first start. I'll go back, be more calm next time and get better."
De La Rosa (0-1, 31.50 ERA) is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last three home starts against the Giants (7-11) and went 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in his final four overall matchups in 2014.
His counterpart for Saturday, Tim Hudson (0-2, 3.93), is 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA in eight career starts in Denver - a far cry from his 5-1 record and 2.15 home mark against Colorado. Coors is one of two ballparks in which the veteran right-hander hasn't won, along with Minnesota's Target Field, where he's made one start.
Hudson gave up three runs in seven innings of a 4-1 home loss to the Rockies (10-7) on April 14. He followed with a rough outing, allowing five runs in five innings of a 5-1 defeat to Arizona on Sunday despite feeling like he was in top form.
"Honestly, this is probably the best I've felt all year so far," Hudson said. "Physically, I felt like things were pretty good for me out there. If we could have had a little bit of luck go our way a time or two, I don't know that they really score."
Hudson will try to snap his team's five-game skid to the Rockies. San Francisco had won three in a row before a 6-4 loss Friday.
The Giants blew a trio of leads and Colorado went ahead for good with three runs in the sixth. Rafael Ynoa had a tiebreaking pinch-hit double and D.J. LeMahieu doubled in another run.
"We try to remind ourselves every day that this is a really good team and we can get the job done," outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "If we stay positive the way we've been doing, a lot of great things are going to happen."
LeMahieu, batting .414, will try to lead the Rockies to a fourth consecutive win. His team has experienced three win streaks of at least three games, the current one following a five-game skid.
LeMahieu is 13 for 24 with seven RBIs in a seven-game hit streak against the Giants and has gone 9 for 14 in the four matchups this season. He's 4 for 11 against Hudson and went 1 for 2 on April 14.