San Francisco Giants crushed by the Rockies 11-3, streak rises to six losses in a row
By Toni Cecchetti
Sep 3, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
I forgot the San Francisco Giants game came on at 5:40 p.m. By the time I remembered the game was on it was 6:15. I turned on the TV, waited the three hundred hours it takes for my DVR to come to life and switched the channel to CSN–Bay Area.
I’m kinda sorry I did.
There was a 20 minute rain delay, so it was only the bottom of the first, there were two out, and Ryan Vogelsong was on the mound. But the thing that made me sorry I looked was this: the score said Giants 0, Rockies 4.
Was this some sort of really, really bad joke? Because I wasn’t laughing. I didn’t even crack a smile. Not funny. Not even one little bit. Do I sound upset? Oui, oui mon ami. Pardon my French.
The second inning didn’t look much better.
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Juan Perez was the Giants lead-off hitter in the third, and he gave the Giants their first hit of the game–a double. Ehire Adrianza ground out, which brought Vogelsong to the plate. And then the unthinkable happened. Or maybe the unbelievable.
Vogey knocked the stuffing out of the ball. And it was bye, bye baby–scoring two. Vogey’s first big league home run. I kid you not. 38 years old and 11 years into his career. That woke up the Giants bats. For a few minutes anyway. Angel Pagan and Kelby Tomlinson hit singles but the inning ended when Matt Duffy hit into a double play.
Which brings me to my next thought: what’s going on with Duffy? He has been so amazing, on top of every play, getting hits at the plate‒even when no one else can‒absolute Rookie of the Year material…and suddenly he’s snakebit. He hit into two double plays Thursday night. I know everyone has a bad night, but this is happening more often lately.
The Giants scored another run in the sixth‒Angel Pagan led-off the inning with a walk, advanced to third on Kelby’s base hit, and scored when Duffy ground out into a double play. Again. Seriously, I’m concerned about him. Duffy compounded his problems at the plate with a fielding error in the bottom of the third. Maybe he just needs some rest?
The Giants bullpen got to work early. Vogey was handcuffed and the Rockies were smacking the ball like they were hitting off a tee. Then they hit off George Kontos, who relieved Vogey in the fourth. Kontos allowed a run and two hits.
But the baseball gods are a quirky bunch.
Tim Hudson came in to the game in the fifth, and although he has never had a victorious outing at Coors Field, he pitched a scoreless inning. Hudson gave up a hit to the lead-off batter in the sixth, but struck out the next hitter, and the third one hit into a double play. Inning over.
Cody Hall‒drafted by the Giants in 2011 and one of the September call-ups‒pitched the seventh and part of the eighth. He looked pretty good, getting the first two hitters in the eighth out, but then the Rockies power bats were up. He gave up a single and a home run, and the ball.
Mike Broadway took over and got the last out.
The final score was: Giants 3, Rockies 11
Six in a row, time to snap this streak. If I sound discouraged, you’re wrong. I’m frustrated, but I’m still hopeful. We’re still alive and “for all I know that’s what hope is.” (it’s a line from my favorite movie).
Dust off your rally caps and put on some Ashkon.
But whatever you do…Don’t Stop Believing.