The San Francisco Giants (28-18) dropped game one of three to the Colorado Rockies (26-20) Tuesday night with a final score of 5-4, shortening their lead to two games over the NL West.
With a thin bench, Tuesday’s game proved to be a challenge in more ways than one. Catcher, Buster Posey, and Center Fielder, Angel Pagan, two of the Giants’ power hitters and best defensive players, were both sidelined due to injury. Manager, Bruce Bochy, said pregame that both players were available if they were absolutely needed but he was going to try and avoid using both players at all cost.
Pagan missed Sunday’s game after being diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder following an MRI Sunday morning. He’s currently listed as day-to-day and could possibly start Wednesday’s game. Posey has been sitting out after tweaking his back during Sunday’s game against the Marlins and could start in Thursday’s game in Colorado.
Starting pitcher, Madison Bumgarner (5-3, 3.38ERA), went six innings giving up three runs on eight hits with one homerun, one walk, and six strikeouts. Today marked the 18th consecutive game that Bumgarner has pitched with three or less runs. That is the longest streak in franchise history since Ed Whitson from May 11,1980 to May 6, 1981.
The biggest shocker of the night came in the ninth inning when Giants’ closer, Sergio Romo (3-1, 3.00ERA), struggled to close out the game. He began the ninth by walking Rockies’ Justin Marneau setting up Carlos Gonzalez’s two-out single. With runners on the corners, Romo gave up the winning two-out, two-run double to Rockies’ Nolan Arenado. Romo earned his second blown save and loss of the season.
The Giants look to Matt Cain (1-3. 4.33ERA) Wednesday to extend their lead over their division. He’ll be facing Rockies’ righty, Jhoulys Chacin (0-2, 4.76ERA). First pitch is at 5:40pm.