Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin felt good and had good velocity on Thursday in his second injury rehab start for Double-A Tulsa. Now manager Jim Tracy is hoping to see some better results. "The health part is very important, but we'd like to see some consistency," Tracy said. Chacin, coming back from nerve damage in his chest, went four innings and gave up five hits and four runs -- on former Major Leaguer Kevin Kouzmanoff's grand slam -- in a 6-3 loss to Northwest Arkansas. Chacin was 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts for the Rockies before going to the disabled list and being examined repeatedly until the true nature of the problem was discovered. "My understanding is, physically, he feels fine today, no ramifications from a health standpoint whatsoever," Tracy said. "He's got a couple more starts to go. Hopefully, we'll see him a little bit better numbers wise. Giants: Bochy calls for offensive changes
Concerned with the state of the Giants' offense, manager Bruce Bochy led a 15-minute team meeting before Friday's batting practice in an attempt to stimulate the hitters. During a 3-7 homestand, which included seven losses in eight games, the Giants batted only .220 and averaged 2.9 runs per game. "We have to show some resolve here," Bochy said. Bochy urged the Giants to "compete better" in their plate appearances -- that is, be more aggressive and sustain more intensity throughout the game. "You have to be a little tougher," Bochy said. "When you're not getting results, you compound the problem by taking it into the next at-bat." The chat seemed to work, as the Giants scored a season-high 16 runs in the opener.
The start time for the Rockies at Giants game on Aug. 10 has been changed from 7:15 p.m. PT to 7:35 PT to accommodate pregame festivities to celebrate Matt Cain's perfect game.