Coming off a solid start last week, Ryan Vogelsong went the opposite direction with one and a third innings pitched, 59 pitches, six hits, five earned runs, three walks, and zero strike outs as the Giants fell to the Rockies 8-2.
Vogelsong, who was sporting his trademark snarl at the start of the game, tossed the shortest game of his career. While looking undoubtedly focused against the Dodgers last Wednesday, he looked lost against the Rockies, allowing home runs to Nolan Arenado and Willin Rosario in the first and the red-hot Charlie Blackmon (.406, 11 RBI, 1.034 OPS) in the second.
David Huff relieved Vogelsong in the second, shutting down the rally by coaxing a double play from Justin Morneau to end the inning. Huff further helped his cause by legging out a single for his first career hit and eventually scored one of two runs by the Giants that evening. Unfortunately, the hustle resulted in an early exit from Huff, who left the game with a quad strain.
Long-man Yusmeiro Petit was able to pick up the slack, picking up four innings, four hits, two earned runs, one walk, and six strike outs. The only blip on his record was a home run given up to Corey Dickerson in the third inning, scoring Wilin Rosario.
Jean Machi continued to impress and was able to avoid the curse of the Rockies’ home runs by putting a clean 1-2-3 inning in the seventh.
Juan Gutierrez tapped in for the eighth but, despite a quick inning, was unable to retire Blackmon who continued his tear by knocking in his 2nd home run of the game to add to the Rockies’ tally.
The Giants added a run in the ninth when Brandon Belt (2-for-4) singled to center field, then advanced on a wild pitch and passed ball courtesy of the Rox. He eventually scored on a throwing error by reliever Chad Bettis.
While it’s easy to blame the myriad of Rockies’ home runs on the Colorado climate, this loss can’t be singlehandedly filed under “Blame it on Coors Field”. The Giants lack of offense in a hitter-friendly park is a far-cry from the start of the season that earned them a 5-2 record and 40 runs in the first seven games on the road. To pile on to the Giants woes, home plate umpire John Trumpane had an inconsistent strike zone which frustrated both pitchers and hitters alike. Just ask Angel Pagan, who got tossed in the seventh inning for arguing a called third strike:
The Giants look to answer back tomorrow at 5:40 PM PST when they send ace Madison Bumgarner to face lefty Franklin Morales.