Farewell and good riddance. No, that wasn’t intended for Casey McGehee who was optioned for assignment by the Giants’ front office before yesterday’s game. We wish Casey and his family all the best. That was for Coors Field, a launching pad that also doubles as a baseball stadium.
After another rain delay, this one lasting two hours and ten minutes before the start of the game, the Giants lost their second consecutive game to Colorado, and in doing so ended up with a split for the four game series. In total, the G-men endured over seven hours of rain delays in the series. “It was a long three days,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Giants’ pitchers allowed 32 runs in the series, an average of eight runs per game. Since the Giants scored 26 runs offensively over the four games, they’re feeling pretty good about getting out of Denver with a split.
The Giants gave up eight runs and fell behind 9-0 in the disastrous fourth inning, and this one was effectively over. Giants starter Tim Hudson entered the game with a 2-3 record and respectable 4.01 ERA. After the beating and loss, his ERA rose more than a full point, to 5.04. Huddy took most of the damage in this one, allowing eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings. This park has not been kind to Huddy as he’s now 0-3 with a 7.69 ERA in 10 Coors Field starts. The eight runs scored off Hudson were the most he’s allowed in a game in four years. “I just wasn’t very good today,” Hudson said. “They capitalized on some mistake pitches on my part…I have to put it behind me. This never is an easy place to pitch, and today was more challenging than most.”
Jean Machi followed Huddy, pitching in parts of innings 4-7, and didn’t fare too well either. Machi allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in 2 ⅔ innings. His ERA now stands at 4.63 on the year. Machi has not pitched up to expectations this season, compared to the past two seasons (10-2, 2.50 combined). Javier Lopez and George Kontos combined for 1 ⅔ innings of shutout, hitless ball.
Offensively, the Giants were no match for Rockies’ starter Chad Bettis (1-5, 6.72 lifetime), and were unable to generate anything until the ninth inning. Bettis surrendered just six hits and two runs over 8 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed just four baserunners until the Giants’ four-hit, two-run ninth. The win was Bettis’ first as a starter and just second overall for his career.
Nori Aoki was the only Giant to accumulate two hits on the day, with a double and run scored. Brandon Belt also doubled and knocked in a run for his 19th RBI on the year. The Giants’ 3-6 hitters went just 2 for 14 in this one, with only Belt’s RBI.
The Giants are in Milwaukee today, to start a three game series at Miller Park, with today’s game time at 11:10 AM PT. Tim Lincecum (4-2, 2.08) will take the mound against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse (3-4, 5.53). Lohse is 3-3 with a 4.70 ERA in his career against the Giants. Timmy looks to continue his success at Miller Park, where he’s 3-1 lifetime with a 3.66 ERA, including 36 strikeouts in 32 innings. Lincecum has had a tremendous, bounce back year thus far, and particularly this month where he’s gone 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA. He hasn’t allowed a run in three of four starts this month, with batters hitting .157 against him.
- The Dodgers also lost yesterday, so the G-men remain two games back at 25-20, in second place in the NL West
- Angel Pagan has hit Lohse particularly well, batting .429 (6-for-14) with five RBIs