The San Francisco Giants finish a rough seven-game homestand with 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Next stop, Kansas City.
Following a rough pair of series in Arizona and San Diego to begin the season, the San Francisco Giants most likely couldn’t wait to return to China Basin and once again play in front of thousands of San Francisco faithful in the beauty that is AT&T Park.
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Unfortunately, what had the potential to be an uplifting week looked more reminiscent to the overcast skies which hovered over the Bay Area as the Giant organization endured an early candidate for their worst week of the season, both on and off the field.
This past week saw Buster Posey and Jarrett Parker fall victim to injuries, the former receiving a fastball to the head, and the latter crashing into the left field wall after making an amazing catch.
More tragically, Wednesday brought the tragic deaths of Mirian Cepeda, wife of Orlando Cepeda, and Jennifer Pippin, Brandon Crawford’s sister-in-law.
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The beautiful springtime weather from earlier in the week gave way to Sunday’s gloomy weather, a fair representation of the Giants’ past several days and their 4-3 loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
With the loss, San Francisco dropped three-of-four to Colorado, as well as four of their seven games on this homestand.
San Francisco and Colorado looked primed for a Sunday slugfest as both teams put up three runs in the first, but the bats on both sides fell silent after the Rockies scored one in the second.
Jeff Samardzija pitched well after his first two frames on the mound and exited the game having allowed four runs over seven innings, while striking out eight.
But Antonio Senzatela, another young Rockie starting pitcher, churned out seven innings of his own, while giving up only the three in the first.
The Giants had opportunities to score in the sixth, seventh, and eighth after putting men on base with less than one out, but squandered all their chances.
Most notably, Eduardo Núñez grounded out on a comebacker to Senzatela following a Nick Hundley leadoff double in the seventh, forcing the former Rockie to halt in his tracks. Núñez had the opportunity to bunt, but elected to swing away.
Parker’s catch will cost him 8-10 weeks as he attempts to recover. The Giants brought up Steven Okert to fill a spot on the 25-man roster. He faced only one batter, inducing a groundout off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez.
Prior to Sunday’s game, the Giants traded former top prospect Clayton Blackburn to the Texas Rangers for infielder Frandy De La Rosa and cash considerations.
In eight games with Texas’ High-A team the Down East Wood Ducks, De La Rosa has hit .107/.242/.179 with a wOBA of .220 and wRC+ of 35 in 33 plate appearances.