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The San Francisco Giants Lose, Again: Recap And Reaction

Apr 22, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 12-3. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 12-3. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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When Madison Bumgarner smashed his second home-run on opening day, everything seemed fine. And from that next inning on, the San Francisco Giants have just never really looked themselves.

Now, the San Francisco Giants have to embark on at least a third of the season without their ace, and postseason king. Tonight, they set out in search of some glimmer of hope. Trevor Story, and the Colorado Rockies promptly denied they see any sort of joy.

Matt Moore didn’t have it today, and hasn’t had it except for the home opener this season. His velocity is way down, and he’s getting crushed. This time, for six runs.

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Of course, Denard Span got hurt. So for the remainder of the game, the Giants outfield read this from left to right: Marrero, Gorkys, Nuñez. Yikes. I would love to tell you that Joe Panik‘s solo shot spurred the Giants to a comeback from down 6-0. I even thought there was a solid chance of writing that heading into the eighth. They got another two runs, and were down 6-3.

Then, of course the Rockies doubled their run total and made me turn over to the Sharks game. Definitely wasn’t planning on writing a comeback story from down 12-3, and of course I don’t have to because nobody scores nine runs in the top of the ninth, and nobody scores nine runs period with Gorkys Hernandez and Chris Marrero in the lineup.

Here are three quick take-aways from today’s….thingy. I’m not sure what to call it. It wasn’t a game, because a game usually means two teams are actually into it. Anyways, here is what I saw:

  • Chris Stratton is nice. The new lefty long reliever came out and threw three no-hit innings against the colorado Rockies, at Coors Field. Impressive. He only walked one and struck out three. However, I’m not gonna get too optimistic. The Giants can’t have nice things so he’ll probably blow out his elbow the next time he comes to the mound (hopefully not).
  • Matt Moore can’t pitch at Coors. I’m not sure what the Giants should try and do about it. Maybe skip him every time he comes to Coors? Kidding. Everyone is in a slump right now, and so is he. What’s more concerning is how down his four seam fastball velocity is down this season. Like, not good folks. The difference on that Trevor Story home-run might have been that difference in his velocity. A few MPH’s tacked on, and maybe it jams Story. Who knows. It doesn’t look good though.
  • Panik needs to lead-off if Span can’t go for a while. I’m going to assume he can’t, since he apparently needed an off day after going eleven innings in a game that was preceded by, yep you guessed it, another off day! So assuming he’s any sort of hurt, he’ll be out. No, Aaron Hill shouldn’t be hitting leadoff, and definitely not “batting .088” Gorkys. Panik is hitting .333 with an .891 OPS. Ladies and gentleman, your leadoff hitter (if the decision makers have half a brain).

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