Jon Garland once again failed to give his team some confidence with his performance on the mound in a 7-3 loss to the Giants. He failed to pitch into the 6th inning, throwing 102 pitches over five innings. He gave up five runs, seven hits, and four walks. It is time for the brass to flush away Garland after he took a lot of beating in the urinal.
The Rockies offense was very silent despite ace Matt Cain throwing 107 pitches over just five innings with five walks, all in the first two innings. The problem was that the only hit off Cain was Michael Cuddyer’s two-run double in the first inning. Carlos Gonzalez struck out in the first three at-bats with runners in scoring position that kept the Giants hanging around for their familiar come-from-behind victory. Then he killed the rally with a no out, two on, pop up to short left in the 7th inning.
The Rockies fell out of first place, a game back with a 27-23 record. Still it represents a marked improvement over 2012 when we were in the basement(?) and about 10(?) games out of first. The Rox get the Astros in the next four games with a chance to start a new win streak without Garland to mess it up. They won’t visit AT&T Park again until September. As it stands, the Rockies are 4-6 versus the Giants head to head which contrasts with a 4-14 match up record in 2012.