This six game road trip could not have ended sooner for the Giants.
The Colorado Rockies (24-20) managed to win their first series over the San Francisco Giants (24-20) in two years with a 5-0 win yesterday. The Rockies take the series 3-1 as the Giants wrap up a six game road trip with only one win to show for it.
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio, who had given up 4 runs in his last start vs. the Giants, pitched 6 shutout innings on route to the win. Nicasio (W, 4-1) only allowed 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 Giants’ batters.
Meanwhile, the Rockies lineup managed 11 hits and 5 earned runs off of Barry Zito (L, 3-3).
Carlos Gonzalez was responsible for hitting in two of those runs during his 2-3 performance. Gonzalez hit an RBI single in the 1st scoring in Eric Young Jr. to make 1-0. Then in the 5th, he would double in Dexter Fowler all the way from 1st base to make it 2-0. Jordan Pancheco would single in Gonzalez from 2nd later in that inning to make it 3-0.
Then in 6th inning, the Rockies managed to get two men on base with 2 outs forcing Zito to leave the game. Giants Reliever Jose Mijares would end up walking Carlos Gonzalez to load them up. Mijares was then left on the mound to pitch to Troy Tulowitzki who hit a 2-run single to left center to make it a five run ballgame.
The Giants did commit an error after the 5th run scored for the Rockies with a throwing error by SS Brandon Crawford. That marks the 9th error committed by the Giants in this four game series in Colorado, 13th on this six game road trip.
The Giants offense was almost non existent. Only 5 hits total in the game with 2 apiece coming from Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco. Crawford actually went 7-16 in the series with 5 RBI’s.
San Francisco’s best chance to get back in this game was in the 6th inning when it was still 3-0. The Giants had two runners in scoring position with 2 outs and Nicasio managed to get Brandon Belt to strike out swinging.
Game 1 of this series was the only thing to go right for San Francisco on this road trip and even that looked like a loss early on. The Giants were down 6-0 after 3 innings but managed to come back to win 8-6 after a 5 run 4th and a 3 run 6th inning. Angel Pagan hit the go ahead runs in 6th with a 2-run single to score in Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford.
The 2nd game had the Rockies and Giants combining for 19 runs and 26 hits as Colorado won 10-9. Four errors committed by the Giants let the Rockies keep it close until Jordan Pancheco hit a grand slam in the 5th to give the Colorado a 4-run lead.
After a solo home run by Carlos Gonzalez in the 6th, the Giants managed 4 runs in the 7th and 8th innings but failed to produce in the 9th as Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt came out for his 10th save of the season striking out the side in order.
The Giants were blown out in game three 10-2 as Tim Lincecum (L, 3-3) gave up 7 runs (6 earned) in 5 innings of works. Lincecum also committed a throwing error in the 3rd which aided the Rockies in getting their 3rd run of the inning.
Tyler Chatwood (W, 2-0) of the Rockies went 5 2/3 innings allowing just 1 run on 7 hits and 4 walks. Giants’ hitters went 2-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men on base.
All in all, it was poor fielding and bad pitching that plagued the Giants on the road. During this 6 game road trip, San Francisco’s starting rotation had an ERA of 9.82. That pushes the Giants rotation ERA to 4.87 on the season, 23rd in the majors.
“We’re going to have our off days and we’re going to be bad,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after yesterday’s loss. “It’s a temporary thing. You don’t have the success we’ve had and not be good, these pitchers. Have to remind themselves how good they are.”
The Giants starters better remember quickly as they now start a six game home stand today with the first three games against the Washington Nationals (23-21). San Francisco’s probables are Ryan Vogelsong (1-4), Matt Cain (3-2), and Madison Bumgarner (4-2). Washington’s probables are Zach Duke (0-0), Stephen Strasburg (2-5), and Gio Gonzalez (3-2).
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Written by Daniel Trucios