The San Francisco Giants continue to struggle as they play through the rest of the road trip. An 11-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies makes it 3 straight losses and officially puts them 5 games back of the division lead.
Takeaway #1: Giants pitchers aren’t locating
The biggest takeaway of the losing streak is given to us by the Giants pitching staff. As has been evident over the past 2-3 weeks, the entire pitching staff is having consistent problems locating their pitches. When fastballs are left above the belt to major league hitters, bad things happen. This is especially the case at Coors Field. The Rockies jumped all over multiple location mistakes made by the San Francisco Giants pitching staff. As was seen, the Giants were unable to stop the onslaught of runs, leading to a big loss.
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Takeaway #2: The Giants need to improve defensively
The Giants made four errors Tuesday night and lead the MLB in errors committed. Plain and simply said, that is horrific. Kelby Tomlinson made three of the four errors on Tuesday, which is out of character, but hurt the Giants immensely. Shooting yourself in the foot with errors leads to blowouts like Tuesday. With the Giants trotting out four previous Gold Glove winners each night, they should not be leading the league in errors made.
Takeaway #3: Dereck Rodriguez has potential
Although the San Francisco Giants were unable to come away with a win, not every part of this game was bad. Dereck Rodriguez came on in relief of Jeff Samardzija, who left in the first inning with right shoulder tightness, and looked as good as advertised in his MLB debut. He pounded the zone with a mid-90’s fastball and showed an ability to command a nice slider. It was noticeable that there is still room for growth, but such is expected out of a young arm. One thing is for certain, once the starting rotation reaches full health status, the San Francisco Giants have some tough decisions to make on who stays and who goes.
The Giants have one more chance at redemption against Colorado before moving on to Philidelphia. We’ll see if they are able to take advantage of a hitters’ friendly Coors Field in the series finale.