Bob from WVa got through to Colorado Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss somehow. A week ago Tyler Matzek (3-9, 5.14) was 2 outs into the 7th inning with runners on 1st and 2nd, and Weiss decided to favor veteran Adam Ottavino over the rookie Matzek to close-out the Royals. Ottavino failed, costing Matzek the loss, and sending RWO’s Bob through the roof. “Absolutely stupid to pull Matzek, ” ranted Bob, “How are young pitchers ever going to develop if they don’t get the chance to work out of these kind of jams?” Last night Matzek found himself in a similar situation, but his manager wisely remained in the dugout as the 23 year-old left-hander got a ground ball out of Angel Pagan and a win over the Giants, 3-2 at AT+T Park in San Francisco.
The Giants had a really s___ty night all around. Charlie Blackmon reached leading-off on a throwing error by SF 2nd-baseman Joe Panik, moved-up on a Drew Stubbs fly ball, and scampered over to 3rd on a wild pick-off throw by Giants starter Jake Peavy (2-4, 3.18), the second of 4 San Francisco throwing errors, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Morneau. San Fran tied it-up in the bottom of the 1st on a lead-off double by Pagan and Buster Posey single. They took the lead in the 2nd on a home-run by catcher Andrew Susac.
Peavy dispatched Colorado in-order in the 3rd, then Stubbs reached leading-off the 4th on a wild throw by normally reviled Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Morneau followed with a ground single at Crawford that he also threw wildly toward 1st, Stubbs advancing to 3rd, then Morneau took-off from 1st in the middle of Peavy’s delivery, provoking a high-grade crow-hop of a balk out of the right-hander, scoring Stubbs and moving the dead-duck Morneau to 2nd. NL Player of the Week Nolan Arenado singled Morneau to 3rd where he scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Corey Dickerson.
That concluded things as far as runs were concerned. Matzek weaseled his way out of a one out triple by Michael Morse in the 4th, and benefitted from double plays in the 1st, 3rd and 6th. Peavy held Colorado in check up until the 7th, when DJ LeMahieu singled with 2-out and home-plate umpire Doug Eddings began denying Peavy the inside strike with Matzek at the plate. Peavy got steamed about the first one, and seemed to be maintaining his cool when Eddings squeezed him again, but ball four set him off, and 4 pitches later Blackmon singled. Eddings ruled LeMahieu safe at the plate, bringing Giants manager Bruce Bochy out of the SF dugout in a rage, with Peavy blowing an attempted ejection behind him, but Edding’s call was over-ruled by replay, and after all the histrionics, nothing came of the entire affair.
Ottavino handled the 8th for the Rockies and induced a fourth San Francisco double-play, and La Troy Hawkins worked around a lead-off walk to Morse in the 9th for his 21st save and the Rockies’ 4th consecutive win at AT+T. Colorado has won 7 of their past 10.
There’s a big pitching match tonight. Staff aces Jorge De La Rosa and Madison Bumgarner face-off in another 8:15 MDT start in the City by the Bay.