San Francisco, CA – Its wasn’t the start the Giants wanted, after the Silver Slugger Awards were given to both Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner who also received the AP Athlete of the Year Award prior to the game. Tim Hudson took the mound and gave up two runs in the second.
The Rockies offensive outburst was the result of their 4-1 victory over San Francisco. Hudson got off to rocky start after allowing four leadoff hits through four innings. He gave up a leadoff single to Charlie Blackmon in the first but Carlos Gonzalez followed by grounding into a double play to clear the bases.
“It took a little bit to get into the rhythm of the game,” said Hudson. “Unfortunately we were three runs down by the time I started figuring some stuff out. It was a bit of a grind out there but I was able to keep us in the ball game. But they did a good job over there with some pitches and keep us off the board.”
Hudson escaped the first without any damage but the second was a different beast. Nolan Arenado led off the frame with a double. Corey Dickerson knocked a single up the middle to center fielder Angel Pagan, who threw past second to first baseman Brandon Belt. By the time shortstop Brandon Crawford covered second it was too late as Dickerson advanced on the play.
A wild pitch scored in Colorado’s second run making it a 2-0 game. The Rockies added another run in the fourth after Hudson gave up back-to-back singles. The Giants tried to rally bottom of the lining, Gregor Blanco led off with a single and Matt Duffy reached first safely. Two on with one out, Crawford flew out and Hudson struck out leaving runners stranded.
San Francisco has left runners stranded in seven of nine innings over the last two games. They have also lost five consecutive games and are now 3-6 on the season. The Giants have scored a total of eight runs (1.3 runs over game) in their last six contests. Had it not been for the run scored by San Francisco in the eighth, they would’ve been shutout.
“We have some guys who are really pressing now,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s pretty obvious. You go through it, and we have some guys going through it right now.”
Despite the numerous injuries, the remaining players are in a hitting slump. Bochy thinks resting a few players tomorrow might be good for turning things around. Hudson who had a quality start, received no run support for his second start this season. Last season, he averaged just 3.61 runs of support per game, the lowest among the starters.
Both Nori Aoki and Angel Pagan were the only players to successfully get on base three times. Pagan led off the eighth with a single and Belt followed with a free pass. Gregor Blanco popped out to third baseman Arenado who made a spectacular catch in foul territory, leaving him straddled on the tarpaulin roll behind the San Francisco’s bench. Pagan advanced to third on that play and scored on Duffy’s sacrifice fly.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a better play than that,” said Rockies manager Walt Weiss.
Colorado’s starting pitcher Christian Bergman last only four frames after his pitch count got up 85. He allowed no runs, gave up two walks and struck out four. Bergman is the Rockies No. 5 starter, they use him when needed. Colorado improved to 5-0 on the road this season and have won their first five road games in a season for the first time in franchise history.