Rockies Streak Ends at Five

At least it wasn’t a shutout.

It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Rockies were riding a very rare wave coming into San Francisco for their seventh game of the season.  They were sitting on a five-game winning streak and perched atop the NL West standings, but had yet to face a true “opponent” this season, until they entered AT&T Park.  The three Giants pitchers they were scheduled to face were combined for 21 innings of 0.0 ERA ball, a pretty impressive sight, especially for a team known for pitching.

Add to that the fact that they were in a park not known for double-digit hits, let alone runs, and two things were certain: De La Rosa had to be great and the offense needed to continue to do what it had been doing since Opening Day.

De La Rosa was pretty good, and the hitting wasn’t horrible, but neither was good enough to best the Giants as the Rockies fell 4-2.

Knowing the Giants were hitting .224 as a team, De La Rosa’s confidence should have been pretty good.  He did seem to settle down and pitch pretty well, but sadly that was after he gave up a three run shot to Hunter Pence in the first.  He didn’t allow another run the rest of the night, and left with a quality start after going six.  He gave up six hits and walked one, while striking out three.

The Giants tacked on an insurance run in the eighth after Weiss left Volstad in just a bit past his expiration date.  Volstad pitched a clean seventh, getting two ground outs and a pop-out.  Then he came back into the game in the eighth and gave up a one-out single to Pagan.  Pagan stole second and a single by Posey brought him home after Volstad hit Sandoval in the foot.  He should have been pulled after giving Kung Fu Panda a limp, but Weiss kept him in to face Posey and the rest, as they say, is history.  Belisle was already up and, presumably, warmed-up and should have been brought in.  After the RBI single Belisle was brought in and he struck out Pense on four masterful pitches to end the inning.

The only players for the Rockies that seemed to pack their bats from Coors were Cuddyer (2 for 3 with a walk), Rutledge (2 – 4), Nelson (RBI Single) and Cargo with a massive bomb into McCovey Cove (see Video below).  The unfortunate part of the CarGo bomb was that EYj was caught stealing right before the HR.

Many would be happy if the team went 3-3 on this road-trip, but they honestly held their own until the end, getting six hits off of one of the better pitchers in the game.  It was just one of those nights that fans have become accustomed to with Giants series, one that the team Rox leave the park just a little shy of the “W”.

CARGO BLAST INTO McCOVEY COVE

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GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Good start for DLR. have we already surpassed last years quality starts total? So far 5 or more runs and we win or have a shot-4 or fewer,not so much.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Almost forgot to start my Cuddyer for MVP and give the poor underpaid stud a raise campaign.I hate AT&T and Giant fans.They’ve become as obnoxious and smug as the Fenway faithful.

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

How did they score the first inning? I’m pretty sure the SF scoreboard only has 1’s and a limited supply of 2’s on it.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago

They do have lots of 00000000000000000000000000000s though Miketober! Saw the last part of the game, and as Jared points out the Rockies were pretty much in it throughout, however I was somewhat surprized at how easily the Giants relief pitchers were able to close out the game. From the pitch count it seems as if they were patient and forcing Baumgarner to throw a lot of pitches (he was gone after six with about 100 pitches, but then Casilla sets… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

As I like to say, the other team has big leaguers too. Many pitchers have a hard time getting loose, which is why first inning ERAs are the highest for starting pitchers. See what happened to Volquez on Sunday. DLR looked out of sync until the K if Posey. Then his changeup stayed over the plate and Pence (a good hitter who has been viewed high enough to be part of two team’s attempt to win a pennant) had a… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

I was thinking the same thing about Dex….his swings looked way too…”big” (for lack of a better term). Granted the ball he hit early in the game looked like it had a chance at first, I think the next time he was up he was swinging for Alcatraz….

Then again, I’m not a hitting coach.

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  TJinPhoenix

Cargo looked a bit like the Cargo of 2-3 years ago, too, where he was swinging at stuff down and away in desperation to do something. What are you swinging at, Cargo? is my cry when I see that.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

I was pretty happy with the way the team played last night even in a loss. DLR struggled in the first inning, but settled down big time from there on out. Very good outing for DLR. The offense took REALLY good AB’s imo from innings 2-6. If the Rox get a break at all there, they might score another run or two. Multiple hard hit balls that were hit right at them I thought. Pitch count was high from Bumgarner,… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Random thought for this snowy morning:
The Rox are 0-2 on Mondays. Are Mondays the new Sundays or is it time to ditch the purple jerseys?

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

As long as they go undefeated on the rest of the days I say keep them.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

LOL

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago

So…I guess when EYjr is on base with the team down 3 in a ballpark where 3 can win (as it did), we can throw out the “Book” on stealing when behind. And if CarGo is at the plate, can’t EYjr score from first on at least a double? A bad read of the pitcher, a bad jump…sheesh…help me out of this funk EYjr fans…Whose fault was it he got picked off? Nice pickup of Posey’s single. Only kicked it… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

Saberchip, maybe I wasn’t clear, the “invented” in quotes was intended to be sarcasm, which is hard to communicate in writing. I was giving the justification or having EYJr running. On the road you do look for a run here or there. He misread the pitcher, so it’s on him, but I am not sure I don’t give him the green light knowing Cargo struck out in his prior AB against a tough lefty. Since you have Sabr in your… Read more »

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