Not much has gone right for the San Francisco Giants, either.Cuddyer tries to extend the longest hitting streak in franchise history Friday night as the slumping Rockies open a three-game set against the visiting Giants, who hope to avoid a season worst-tying fifth consecutive loss.One day after hitting a pair of homers in a 5-3 defeat at Boston, Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 24 games Thursday, going 3 for 4 in a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets."Anytime you can put your name in any type of record book for a good thing is a good thing," said Cuddyer, batting .390 with five homers and 16 RBIs during his run. "I'd trade it for a win, though."The Rockies have dropped 11 of 15, including their last three by a 19-9 margin.San Francisco (38-40), meanwhile, has lost nine of 12 to fall a season-worst two games under .500. The Giants, who have gone 4 for 25 with runners in scoring position during their four-game skid, suffered five straight defeats April 23-28."It's always tough when you're going through a stretch like we're going through," manager Bruce Bochy said following Wednesday's 4-2 road loss to the Dodgers. "The only thing you can do is keep grinding and believe it's going to turn around, which we do."All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval, hitless in his last nine at-bats, is batting .216 with just one homer -- his only extra-base hit -- and five RBIs during a 19-game stretch.Sandoval, though, is 7 for his last 14 with two homers, a triple and a double against scheduled starter Jhoulys Chacin (6-3, 3.92 ERA), who's recently struggled in the series. The right-hander yielded a career-high eight runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings in an 8-6 loss May 16, dropping to 0-4 with a 6.68 ERA in his last six starts versus San Francisco.Chacin, however, has won his last three outings overall while posting a 1.74 ERA. He allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings Saturday in a 7-1 victory at Washington."He just made a lot of good pitches, with both his fastball and his breaking stuff," Nationals manager Davey Johnson told MLB's official website.The Giants counter with Barry Zito (4-5, 4.40), who gave up one run and six hits in seven innings Saturday in a 2-1, 11-inning victory over Miami. The left-hander, though, can't be looking forward to hitting the road, where he's 0-4 with an 11.28 ERA -- more than nine runs higher than his home mark of 1.98."At home, I've caught some breaks and kept stuff done in the zone and I haven't on the road," he said after surrendering eight runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings during a 12-8 loss at Pittsburgh in his last road outing June 12. "I've felt pretty good in some of these starts out on the road, but I just haven't been able to get people out."Zito went 8-2 with a 2.51 ERA in his first 19 starts against the Rockies before going 0-1 with a 6.94 mark in his last two. He was tagged for five runs and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-0 defeat May 19 in his most recent visit to Coors Field.Carlos Gonzalez is 12 for 34 with two homers against Zito, and Dexter Fowler is 9 for his last 28 with three doubles. Fowler, though, could miss a third straight game with a sore right wrist.
Gregor Blanco is one of 13 players in the National League to have a line drive on at least 30 percent of fastballs he has put in play in June. Jhoulys Chacin throws his fastball 63 percent of the time, 18th-highest among NL pitchers with at least 14 starts.