Affeldt familiar with Rockies' surges

Affeldt familiar with Rockies' surges

SAN DIEGO -- Don't look back, Giants. Something might be gaining on you, and it's the Colorado Rockies.

For the third time in four years, the Rockies are staging a September rally to climb back into the postseason picture. They've won a season-high seven consecutive games to put pressure on the Giants, who are immediately ahead of them in both the National League West and Wild Card standings.

Last year, the Rockies fended off the Giants in the Wild Card race by winning 10 of 11 games at one juncture in the final month. In 2007, they won a remarkable 21 of 22 games en route to the World Series.

Having spent part of 2006 and all of 2007 with the Rockies, Giants left-hander Jeremy Affeldt understands the mentality that enables them to win an unusual number of games with late rallies.

"When you're running with that kind of confidence, where you never feel like you're out of a game, that's a really big thing to have," Affeldt said. "They don't shut down when they get behind."

In fact, if the Giants stay in the postseason picture through the next couple of weeks, their next high-profile series after this one could be a Sept. 24-26 set at Denver's Coors Field.

"We'll have to figure out a way to beat them back a little bit," Affeldt said.