It looked ugly in the 2nd inning - like Coors Field ugly, like last night's ugly. The Giants bumbled their way to giving the Roxies 4 runs. A double, a single, a couple of errors by Joe Panik (only one of them was charged), a sac fly, and what do you know - the Giants are looking like crap again. I will say that I have come to believe that Colorado is a much better team than the preseason hype would have led you to think. It is always a question as to how their pitching can hold up, but their defense is good, and their hitting is superb. They were pretty much universally picked to finish last in the division, but have showed no inclination to do so thus far. They won the season against the Giants last year and were looking like they fully intended to do so again this year. But Madbum was having none of it. He got LeMaheiu to line out, then struck out Trevor Story to get us out of that mess. In the bottom of the 2nd, Belt walked, Pence singled and then Brandon Crawford homered to make it 4 - 3 Rockies. You had to have some hope at this point - and Madbum delivered.
Madison picked away at the Rockies for 7 1/3 innings, striking out 10 in 108 pitches, giving up 7 hits and leaving them with those 4 runs (3 credited to his era). Cory Gearrin took over at Bochy's insistence, finished the frame and Santiago Casilla struck out 2 in his save. Much needed. We cannot be in contention at the end of the season by losing to the Rockies. It has a peculiar kind of adverse impact that another club just might not have. This is the team that couldn't be bothered to beat Atlanta ONCE all season, and the Giants with 103 wins were denied a playoff spot, and no, I have not forgiven them for it. We need to beat them in our park.