11-6 loss in Denver
Matt Cain looked like the stud of yore in the first four innings, allowing only one hit (to the pitcher) and whiffing five. But in the 5th the wheels came off and he could only get two outs with forty pitches and had to be relieved trailing 3-1. The pitcher, Jorge de la Rosa, plated two with another hit. With the bases loaded Chris Heston came in and allowed two doubles and a single and by the time the inning was over it was 9-1 Colorado. Nine is the most runs ever scored in one inning by a Rockies team against the Giants. This history-making event comes on the heels of Jake Peavy allowing an historic 10 extra base hits yesterday. I like history, but not that kind. Just before the fateful 5th the Giants had a chance for a big inning in the 4th but could not get the clutch hit. You know how it goes with missed opportunities, it seems that just gives the other guys a big lift.
The Giants battled back gamely to make it close (9-6), capped in the 8th by a two-run homer from Brandon Belt. He smoked four line drives today, two were hit right to infielders (one a double play) and two went for hits. Just keep that up, BB, and the results will come. His line is a sweet .333/.429/.667 in 42 PA.
It was a great first act at Coors Field with Jeff Samardzija and Trevor Brown leading the team to a win. The second act was ugly, with Peavy getting clobbered, but we know that sort of thing happens at that effing park. The third act was a tragedy. Matt Cain fell off a cliff after a scintillating start. Heston got hammered, and Hunter Strickland gave up a two-out two-run double to make the deficit five and that's how it finished. The Giants scored twelve runs in the final two games but were soundly beaten as their starters could not get it done.
It's Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
p.s. In the "there's more bad news" department, Sergio Romo was sent back to SF to have his elbow looked at so he's not available this weekend.
p.p.s. Nolan Arenado is once again torching Giants pitching and making ridiculous plays in the field to turn hits into outs. Man, that guy is good!