Baker gave Jay Bruce a day to clear his head Friday, as he tries to work his way out of an offensive slump. Bruce hasn't registered a hit since Sunday, going 0-for-14 in that stretch, and is 1-for-his-last-31. Baker said he wanted Bruce to relax on Friday but still get loose in case he was needed. Bruce did not get in the game. He hopes the day off will pay dividends in Saturday's game against the Rockies. "I want him to have fun [Friday]," Baker said. "Just go and play some first base [during BP]. Don't hit in the cage, don't do anything except clear your mind. Then he'll be back in there [Saturday]. Sometimes you need to clear your head. It's time." Rockies: Guthrie looks to remain perfect on the road
Guthrie has struggled at home this season, while finding success on the road. The right-hander is 0-2 in three home starts, giving up six earned runs in every appearance. Away from home, Guthrie is 2-0 while also surrendering no earned runs in a no-decision on May 15 in San Francisco. He'll look to continue that road success Saturday. "I haven't executed nearly enough pitches when I've pitched here, both falling behind guys and making poor pitches ahead in the count," Guthrie said of pitching at Coors Field. Worth noting
With his home run in the second inning Friday, Todd Helton passed Bernie Williams to take sole possession of 48th on the all-time extra-base-hit list. Sitting at 949 extra-baggers heading into Saturday, Helton needs three more to tie Mickey Mantle. Joey Votto recorded his first multihit game since May 17 on Friday, going 4-for-4 with a run scored.