Rockies Lose Ugly Game to Giants 9-6

The game started innocently as the Rockies raced to a 6-2 lead after five innings. But there were signs of trouble in the late evening forecast. Juan Nicasio had been throwing a lot of deep counts, tossing 95 pitches over five innings plus two batters in sixth inning. The hitters managed only two hits in the Rockies five-run second inning, taking advantage of walks issued by Timmy Lincecum. The sixth run was on a solo home run by Troy Tulowitzki. At that point the Rockies’ lead stood at 6-2.

The game began to unravel in the sixth inning when Nicasio issued free passes to the first two batters. Adam Ottavino came in at a critical juncture and failed to put out the fire. He have up three hits, one of them a 3-run homer by Brandon Crawford to opposite field, and two earned runs. After the home run he gave up hits to a pinch hitter and Angel Pagan, a sacrifice bunt to Marco Scutaro, and an intentional walk to Kung Fu Panda. In came Matt Belisle and Hunter Pence tied the game at 7-7 with a run scoring single on the first offering from Belisle.

The Rockies’ bullpen seams burst when the Giants scored three runs to put the game away eventually making the 9-6 score final. On the other side, four relievers combined to pitch the final three innings in relief of Lincecum giving up zero hits and one walk.

The Rockies dropped to 5-3 record with their second straight loss. They lose their first series of the season. They have a lot of work left to improve on the 2-7 record in 2012 at AT&T Park after dropping the first two games there.

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Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

I was pretty frustrated from the get go in this game. Watching Dex, Rutledge and Cargo be so aggressive swinging the bat in the first after Lincecum walks 7 in his last outing was dumb baseball imo. Of course 3 up and 3 down in a matter of a few minutes and even less pitches. I thought this game was classic Rox of 2011 and 2012. Poor AB’s up and down the lineup and of course poor pitching. This was… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

After eight games, it’s obvious that WW is a rookie manager because he seems to be managing like one. Let’s recap some of his mistakes in the Rox first three losses: -opening day he removes Belisle after only throwing one pitch and Lopez blows 3-1 lead in 8th. -On Monday he leaves Volstad in too long to pitch to Posey and hangs an 0-2 curve which Posey deposits into right for an insurance run. -Last night he doesn’t PH for… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Yeah Cisco I agree on Helton, I told my wife last night that right now I have more confidence in DLR getting a bunt down than I do Helton getting a hit. LOL. Obviously I was being sarcastic, but the point was Helton gives me no confidence at the plate right now. I personally am not worried about Belisle nor am I worried about WW. Pitching changes or lack thereof sometimes will always be a part of the game and… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

I didn’t mention his mistakes cost the game, I was merely pointing out some of his decisions in handling the BP have had a contribution in the losses. In Monday’s game, if Posey doesn’t drive in that insurance run in the 8th it changes the dynamic of how the 9th goes when Ruttledge led off with a double.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Yeah Cisco, I agree that it does change the dynamics. Just like people pointing out that if EY doesn’t get picked off right before Cargo hits that homer in Game 1 of the series then the Rox would have had another run. But the fact is, Bumgarner would have been in the stretch still with EY on and more than likely that pitch wouldn’t have been in that location. Pitch selection and pitch location more than likely would have been… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Josh Roenicke pitching line so far this season with Twins:

1-0, 4.2 IP, 2H, 4Ks, 0.00 ERA

For an organization with dire pitching needs, never quite understood this move. I guess those of us in the unwashed masses are too dumb to understand the thinking of the best GM in BB.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Turned the game off at 6-2 with Nicasio just having allowed 2 baserunners and being yanked. It was already 10:20 or so and didn’t want to fall into a haze waiting for the bullpen arm to go through warm up do I turned off the game and fell asleep. Woke up about an hour later to see us down 8-6. So pissed. If we get swept today there goes all the good work from the last 2 series. Giants are… Read more »

Sam
Sam
7 years ago

Everyone needs to calm down we are only 8 games into the season. Dont get me wrong last night’s game was horrible and it was a gut punch but lets not forget that San Fran are the WS champs and a very difficult team to beat at home. Bullpen was horrible last night, I’ve never been a fan of ottavino I much rather Outman replace him, plus outman is a LHP and we only have 1 of these in the… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

I’m keeping everything in perspective. As I pointed out in chat during game 1 of the series, and I know nobody wanted to hear it … but … no one should be shocked if we get swept. I really thought Nicasio would beat Timmy and we would win 1 of the 3. Beating Zito will be tough. Things are still much better than last season. Getting swept doesn’t take away from the 1st 2 series for me. The 1st two… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

Yeah, After the blown lead, I DVR’d the game (actually the postgame, which covered the bullpen’s final meltdown) and went to bed. I got up this morning to do my weights and catch the rest of the “game.” Very sad, but glad I didn’t waist any ZZZs watching it. Still, I hafta side with Mike and Sam. The Giants are the World Champs who did little to change that squad in the off season. They know their ballpark and, quite… Read more »

Batgirl
Batgirl
7 years ago

Not impressed with Ottavino (wearing #0 is kind of ironic) or Lopez. Have never understood letting Roenicke go. Who would have thought our starting pitching would be decent and our bullpen would be the issue? Very depressing outcome last night.

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

Ottavino was good last year, so I’m a bit surprised. Lopez is an unknown quantity around here, but so far not so good. Roenicke release was an absolute jaw-dropper. And if Belisle is going to be that shaky, ummmm…..gulp. Can I vent about one of my pet peeves in the baseball rule book? WHY does the departed pitcher get charged for runners he left on base who score? No, he shouldn’t put them there, but he didn’t make the pitch(es)… Read more »

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