SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies left-hander Brett Anderson is quick with the self-depreciating quip, even when it has to do with one of the lowest moments of his career.
It was the last time he faced the Giants at AT&T Park, as a member of the Athletics. He left with a 1-0 deficit after five innings, but he remembers the game most for what went wrong on one pitch.
"I think I started to blow out my elbow throwing a slider, trying to get Tim Lincecum out," said Anderson, who made two more starts before finishing his year and eventually undergoing Tommy John surgery. "I guess it was going to happen either way, but I guess I was trying too hard to get Tim Lincecum out."
So Anderson can laugh about his worst moment in the park, which is good. Anderson will start for the Rockies on Saturday afternoon, against the Giants and righty Matt Cain, in the middle game of a three-game set.
While Anderson is laughing off a bad memory, Giants manager Bruce Bochy realizes he'll need to make new memories of the Rockies. Bochy has had a long career managing in the National League West, which meant dealing with Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who retired at the end of last season.
"Sure, it's going to be strange not seeing him over there," Bochy said. "By the second or third day, you'll go, 'Where's Helton?'
"They're a good offensive club. They have some good bats in there. Their young kids are playing well. In the heart of their order you have Tulo [Troy Tulowitzki], [Michael] Cuddyer and [Carlos] Gonzalez. [Wilin] Rosario, he's really coming into his own. [Nolan] Arenado, those are the young guys I was talking about. It's a good lineup."
In addition to wiping out the memory of pain, Anderson has to reverse some dicey numbers at AT&T Park -- 0-2, 7.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts and two walks during his days with the Athletics. Those two starts, however, were practically no-win situations. He received a total of two runs of support.
Anderson said he liked the atmosphere at AT&T Park when he visited while with the Athletics.
"You could definitely tell it from the crowds, the animosity toward each other," Anderson said. "There always seemed to be a scuffle in the stands or something. But you'd try to treat it like the same game.
"I like the park. It's pretty similar to pitching in Oakland with the weather and the general atmosphere, although obviously it's a little bit nicer stadium over here."
Anderson has made two quality starts but lost both. He says pitches are going to the right places, but the action isn't as extreme as he would like.
"My stuff hasn't been quite up to what I'm used to," Anderson said. "I'm still getting used to pitching every five days. It's still early. It's not where I want to be. My location has been pretty decent, but if I sharpen my stuff up and build up my arm strength, I should be all right."
Rockies: Good night for bullpen in loss
After starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday night, the Rockies' bullpen pitched scoreless ball for the rest of the night. Down, 6-3, after De La Rosa left, the Rockies pressed but fell, 6-5.
Righty Tommy Kahnle entered with one out and a runner at second in the fifth and escaped. Chad Bettis yielded Brandon Belt's leadoff double in the sixth, but retired the next six hitters, with two strikeouts. Matt Belisle gave up a single and hit a batter in the eighth, but Boone Logan, in his second appearance with the Rockies, struck out three batters.
"The bullpen did a good job," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Logan was huge at that point in the game.
"That was a tough game. That was what all of them look like here. It usually comes down to that last inning."
Giants: A major power display
With a grand slam from pitcher Madison Bumgarner on Friday, the Giants extended their National League lead in the home run category to 15 in 11 games.
San Francisco was able to knock around Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa on Friday in a continuing trend of Giants dominance against the Rockies at AT&T Park. With the victory, the Giants have now won 14 of their past 16 home contests against their NL West counterpart.
• Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is slated to throw 35 pitches for Class A Advanced San Jose on Saturday before the team decides the next move. Bochy said he would consider keeping a 13-man pitching staff when Affeldt returns.
• The Rockies intend to play Tulowotzki, who did not start the last two games because of right quadriceps tightness, on Saturday. They need him against Cain. Tulowitzki has a .328 career batting average with four home runs and six RBIs in 58 at-bats against Cain.
• Bumgarner's grand slam against De La Rosa on Friday night was the first by a Giants pitcher since Shawn Estes belted one in 2000. Cain has six career homers and is 1-for-2 with a double against Anderson.
• At the other end of the spectrum is Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who is 4-for-41 with 16 strikeouts career against Cain.
• Rockies right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin stepped up his comeback from a right shoulder strain he incurred at the start of Spring Training. On Friday, he threw three scoreless innings at the team's complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., in an extended spring training game and needed just 31 pitches to do it. Chacin's next action is expected to be an injury rehab start for Class A Advanced Modesto.
• San Francisco starting center fielder and leadoff man Angel Pagan received a day off Friday, but he enters Saturday's contest with a 10-game hitting streak. For the year, he's batting .442/.489/.605 with a homer, five extra-base hits and eight RBIs.