Tyler Chatwood was a bit wild. He threw only half of his 76 pitches for strikes, walked four, and lasted only 3 1/3 innings of an 8-3 Colorado Rockies loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Giants swept the Rockies out of Coors Field, where they managed only one win, over St Louis on Thursday, in a nine game homestand that also featured a sweep by the Cincinnati Reds last weekend.
Chatwood allowed 3 runs, only one earned, in a game that started in typical Colorado fashion. Chatwood walked Angel Pagan on five fastballs, then Ryan Theriot grounded a high-bouncer to Jordan Pacheco at third and reached as the ball slipped-out of Pacheco’s hand on the exchange out of his glove for an error. The runners moved up on Melky Cabrera’s grounder, Pacheco to first-baseman Todd Helton, then Chatwood walked Buster Posey, bring pitching coach Bo McLaughlin from the dugout and Hunter Pence to the plate. Rockies “catcher” Wilin Rosario got into the act, logging his league leading 13th passed-ball, Pagan scoring, then Pence rapped what should have been an inning-ending double-play ground-out to Colorado second-baseman Jonathan Herrera, Theriot scoring. Marco Scutaro grounded to Pacheco to close-out the inning, but San Francisco led 2-0, without the benefit of a hit. The Giants came after it again in the fourth, turning two walks from Chatwood, a fly ball, and a Tim Lincecum ground-out into another hitless run, moving out to 3-1.
Lincecum labored through 6 innings, covering the distance in 104 pitches (63 strikes), but limiting the Rockies to one run on 5 hits and 5 walks. Colorado scored one with two out in the first when Todd Helton doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch, coming home on a soft liner to center by Pacheco. The Rockies loaded the bases when Lincecum walked Tyler Colvin, but Rosario was unable to cash anyone-in.
The Colorado bullpen was unable to hold San Francisco in-check. Carlos Torres allowed a run in 2 2/3, and Matt Belisle surrendered 3 in the seventh on singles by Theriot and Posey, and doubles by Pence and Scutaro. The Rockies got one back in the bottom of the inning on a pair of walks from reliever George Kontos, and a one-out single by Carlos Gonzalez off former Rockie Javier Lopez. The teams exchanged runs in the ninth, but the Giants secured the win, and remain 1/2 game up on Los Angeles, which defeated the Cubs on a walk-off single by recent acquisition Hanley Ramirez. San Francisco moves ahead of Arizona, which stumbled on the road in Philadelphia, by 4 games.
Colorado heads-out on a six game California road trip, with three against the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles, then it’s up the PCH to AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Rocky Mountain Death March traverses treacherous ground as Los Angeles and San Francisco revive the dispute that dates back to the streets of New York in 1883. The Rockies will send Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 5.13) up against the Dodgers’ Chris Capuano (10-7, 3.33), as the two left-handers face-off at 8:10 pm MDT at Dodger Stadium. Root Sports will handle the Colorado television coverage, with radio on KOA 850 am.