Rockies Lose to Giants, Bumgarner; Fall to 2-4 for 2012

Madison Bumgarner no-hit the Colorado Rockies for 5 1/3 innings Thursday afternoon, and Colorado’s Dexter Fowler sabotaged the Rockies with a nonchalant drop of Ryan Theriot’s can-o-corn pop-up leading off the sixth inning, as the San Francisco Giants defeated Colorado 4-2 to take 2 out of 3 games in the teams’ first series of 2012 at Coors Field.  Colorado’s Jamie Moyer, in his second bid to become the oldest pitcher to win a major league game, went 5 2/3, surrendering 4 runs (2 earned), as the Rockies record dropped to 2-4.

 

The Giants opened the scoring in the third on consecutive singles by Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Brett Pill.  San Francisco added a run in the fourth as Brandon Crawford singled leading off, moved-up on a swinging bunt by Angel Pagan, and scored on Melky Cabrera’s ground-single to center field.

 

Theriot lifted a lazy fly to shallow right center leading off the sixth.  Fowler sauntered to his left, and show-boating aggressively, muffed a basket catch as right fielder Michael Cuddyer watched helplessly a dozen feet away.  Theriot coasted into second base.  Moyer retired the next two, getting Crawford on a grounder back to the mound and striking out Bumgarner, but Pagan singled-home Theriot with a liner to left, advancing to second on the throw to the plate.  Melky Cabrera then doubled-home Pagan, ending the day for Jamie Moyer.  Esmil Rogers came-on and struck-out Sandoval to close-out the inning.

 

Colorado got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a Tyler Colvin triple and Fowler’s single to left.  Bumgarner continued into the eighth, relieved by Sergio Romo with one out and Colorado’s Chris Nelson, who singled, on first.  Former Rockie Javier Lopez ended the minor Colorado threat after Romo walked Fowler with two outs, getting Carlos Gonzalez on a grounder to second.

 

The Rockies made it interesting in the ninth.  Troy Tulowitzski doubled, and Cuddyer and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi singled to load the bases.  San Francisco closer Brian Wilson, on to start the inning, walked Tyler Colvin to force-in Colorado’s second run.  Wilson appeared to tweak his ankle on the second pitch to Colvin prompting a visit to the mound from Giants manager Bruce Bochy, but stayed-on to retire Todd Helton on a line drive to second baseman Emmanuel Burris and Marco Scuttaro on a fly to right-fielder Nate Schierholtz, the right-hander notching his first save of 2012.

 

Colorado rested Helton defensively for the day-after-night affair, Jordan Pacheco and Colvin filling-in at first base.  Wilin Rosario caught Moyer and went hitless in four at-bats.

 

The defending National League West champion Arizona Diamondbacks make their first 2012 appearance at Coors Field tonight in the opener of a three-game series, with Daniel Hudson (1-0, 5.40) to face the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio (0-0, 1.29) in his first appearance at Coors since the August 5, 2011 line-shot off the bat of Washington’s Ian Desmond nearly ended Nicasio’s life.  First pitch is at 6:40 pm, with television coverage on Root Sports and radio on KOA.

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Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

There was little doubt who JT blamed for that loss. I will still wait until this 9 game home stand is done and see how things shake out. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 6-1.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

I don’t understand playing Pacheco for Helton yesterday. I think it should be pretty much automatic that Giambi plays when Helton rests. If Giambi does not start then I would rather see Cuddyer on 1st with EYJ or Colvin in the outfield. I would never have Pacheco and Nelson in the same lineup!

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Because Bumgarner vs Giambi is not the right matchup

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I thouht I found the answer for 1B on days Helton rest: Tyler Colvin. He had a left-on-left triple off Bumgarner and had a 13-pitch AB in the next AB against Bumgarner.

I certainly would feel a lot better with Colvin at 1B on the days Helton rest, even ahead of Giambi as he would clog the base paths when on base.

Timo
Timo
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I personally don’t think Helton should ever rest when Moyer is on the mound. We need our best defenders out there because nearly all of his outs are on balls put in play.

egossage
egossage
8 years ago

I’m really starting to miss Ian Stewart at third

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  egossage

You mean the guy hitting over .300 ??? The guy that just hit a 3 run homer? Why would the Rockies want someone like that? Someone that can actually play 3rd base.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Right, because he’d surely be doing that for the Rockies…hahaha.

pooter
pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

I would rather have Terry shumpert playong third than Stewart glad he is doing well though

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Of topic, but another good start by Cabrera in Tulsa last night. Is someone going to do a daily minor league post?

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Julian, I’ll take that on whenever I can and sneak it in wherever. Here it goes: Col. Springs (W 9-3) DJ Lemahieu- 1-4, double & RBI (.303 BA) Matt McBride (remember him, throw-in in the Ubaldo trade) 1-5, 3 RBI, .400 BA Zach Putnam (W 1-0)- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 Ks (0.00 ERA) Tulsa (L 2-1) Edwar Cabrera (L 1-1) 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K (2.25 ERA) Josh Rutledge- 2-3, Double (.233 BA) N.… Read more »

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Sorry, make that “Off topic”.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Cabrera is off to a fine start at Tulsa, but we should keep an eye on those strikeout totals to see if he can avoid a major dropoff in his K rate as he goes from Hi A to AA. Remember, last year he led all the minors in strikeouts. A normal drop would be nothing to worry about, but if his K rate craters then I’ve got to wonder whether he has a big league future. Giambi vs. Bumgarner… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I saw the replay of Fowler’s error and agree he went after the ball in a nonchalant manner although it didn’t look like he tried to basket catch it. Frankly he, Cargo and Tulo are nonchalant more than occasionally. Usually they make the play but it looks bad when they don’t. Tulo did it on a force play on Wednesday night and just got the runner at 2nd. Although we won by 9 runs at the time I think it… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Jeem, I remember listening to the game and hearing about Pacheco’s basket catch and Jack or Jerry mentioned that the wind caused a problem for him. I don’t think that was the case for Fowler but I must have been on the phone when that happened.. Tres Casual is a good definition of what Dexter did.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Cisco, thanks for doing this.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Jeem, Check out denverpost.com, the lineup is already posted. It’s the opening day lineup with the exception of Nicasio.

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

“Wilson appeared to tweak his ankle on the second pitch to Colvin prompting a visit to the mound from Giants manager Bruce Bochy.”

I wonder if he tweaked his elbow not his ankle. It says in the news today he is likely heading for Tommy John surgery.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

Mike, Root showed the replay of the pitch to Colvin on last night’s telecast when announcing the injury. In hindsight it totally looks like it’s his arm that’s bothering him. He’s dancing on his toes off to the left of mound with his right arm hanging there like a chicken wing. I think Wilson was giving Bochy + Righetti + the rest of us the old phonus bolonus with that ankle act.

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