San Fran Fail

Isn’t it fun when you trade a player and they come back to remind you that they are much better off without you?  It was a blast when Matt Holliday hit .471 against us this season with five HR’s in 31 plate appearances.  Or how about that Seth Smith hitting .455 against us!

So, it should come as no surprise that the Giants, who owe Dan O some serious flowers and candy after the “gift” of Scutaro, would come to play and said Marco Scutaro would go 3-5 with two RBI’s and two runs in tonight’s 8-3 loss.  Entering today’s game Scutaro is hitting .324 against us, but that isn’t anything big since he is hitting .370 in the past week and .500 against us this series.

Jeff Francis started off on the wrong foot and never really regained his balance.  Francis gave up five earned in the first inning and left after only three innings, with his pitch count reaching pegged at 78.  He did have five strikeouts and no walks, but saddling the team with such a large deficit so early proved to be his undoing.

In the past the Giants were constantly the butt of jokes about lack of hitting and run production.  They have been anything but devoid of hits when it comes to playing the Rockies this year.  They have out-hit the Rox 5,434,345 to 13.

Well, not quite.

But they have won 11 of their last 13 at Coors.  Tonight’s win puts them seven games above the Dodgers for the NL West lead and they are an amazing 8-0-1 in series win’s after the all-star break.

There were a few bright spots for the Rockies Wednesday night, but very few indeed.

One was the 24th home run by rookie Wilin Rosario off of Lincecum in the third.  He almost hit his 25th in the seventh, but was just a foot shy of going out as Blanco caught it at the center field wall.  Rosario finished 2-4, and didn’t let a ball pass him by, although he did flub a pitch-out.  He is only one HR shy of the Helton rookie record of 25.

Tyler Colvin was the only other Rockie that had a multi-hit night, going 2-4.

Even though the team didn’t have great success with the bats, it wasn’t for lack of opportunities.  They left the bases loaded in the second and were 1-12 with runners in scoring position.

Harris, Outman and Escalona combined for two innings of one hit, no run ball.

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Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

What!? Neither team’s pitcher hit a home run? Well that’s odd.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Rox are really sprinting to the finish losing 7 of 8 and staring at a seven game road trip. Way to motivate the troops MFL! But he did do a great job of working the BP last night taking advantage of the lefty/righty combinations. He must have noticed Bochy doing it and thought “hey that looks good, I think I’ll try that as well”. There is one BIG difference MFL, they lead the division by seven games and your team… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago

Bad pitching is bad, no matter the theory. So if you “piggy back” two bad pitchers instead of leaving one out there, you end up in the same place. This grand experiment won’t work without a major upgrade in talent. With this program they will have to identify two pitchers per game that can get us to the 6th or 7th instead of just one. The management has identified just about zero this year, so my hopes are not high.… Read more »

Doc
Doc
8 years ago

This entire “experiment” is nothing but a magic act–look over there so you don’t see what’s really going on over here. DOD is definitely smarter than the Monforts who believe this mess is due to altitude instead of attitude. While most of us having been calling for the GM’s head, I bet he gets a raise.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Ramon Hernandez, torn hamstring, needs surgery. Another pointless acquisition who provided nothing (to be fair, less than nothing: -0.6 WAR according to fangraphs), another guy we held onto for too long (any kind of salary dump trade would’ve been preferable to paying him 3 million bucks next year), and a backup catcher for next year at an inflated salary. Oh, yeah, I forgot: he may not even be able to catch next year. And Iannetta, in his own injury plagued… Read more »

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

Agbayani okay I will show my ignorance, what is WAR? Not that I do not like to see my former baby Iannetta doing well or at least semi-well. Used up/accident prone/injury prone pitchers seems to be DoD’s choice to enlist along with the equally bad pitchers to go with them. Gotta have a complete battery right?

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Liz

WAR means “wins above replacement.” How the player did in relation to the player he replaced. I have no idea how they calculate it.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Thanks, Thistle. And just to clarify: it’s not necessarily Wins Above (the specific) Replacement player he replaced. Rather, it’s a hypothetical Replacement Level player. I find it easier to think of as “the average production of a guy you could sign up to play that position from the pool of freely available talent.”. Think of that as a Wil Nieves type for catchers. We signed him for the minimum salary after somebody else released him, and somebody else will sign… Read more »

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

should have been catchers and pitchers sorry I did not proof read.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

A few random thoughts because I only watched bits and pieces of the 3 game series… Last night (again!) Tracy let his piggyback pitcher hit for himself when we were behind. Frankly, as I’ve mentioned before, I hate the whole concept of the 75 pitch limit and the 4 man rotation which has been 5 man for the past three weeks. The object of the game is to win. One of the ways you win is to keep the other… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, The 4-man/75 pitch concept I believe can work if administered properly, but unfortunately MFL Tracy has made a mockery of the whole thing recently. As far as the piggyback hitting, I agree 100%. Just a couple of days ago MFL allowed Torres to come up to bat with men on 1st & second and two outs with the Rox down 6-5 in the bottom of the 5th. Of course, Torres struck out, end of rally. The Giants had just… Read more »

jeem
jeem
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

First of all it’s MonfOrt. OK? You don’t want to look stupid do you (like spelling it wrong ALL year when everyone else spells it right)? Second, the starting pitcher usually hits at least twice in a normal game for a normal team. Just because a relief pitcher is in the game earlier than normal doesn’t mean you pinch hit for him in the early innings. This is a very disheartening thread from a bunch of apparently very bitter old… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Jeem, With all due respect ( and I do respect your opinion and contribution to this site) these are not “normal” games. There is nothing normal about a team having a 75 pitch limit on ALL their starters. Also, this is Sept when teams have an expanded roster and normal ways of doing things don’t apply. Do you recall during the Sept run of 2007 when Hurdle used about a dozen relievers in a single game against the Padres? Was… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Yeah, Jeem, kinda awkward there buddy … I’m not sure I’m seeing any unwarranted griping or frustration or pessimism here. My personal thing is a lack of any kind of plan here. O’Dowd assured us just last month that the 4-man rotation is no experiment; it’s here to stay in some form or another for the long haul. So I thought they’d be working on things like: (1) getting pitching help that fits in well with that plan, like moderately… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag,

Isn’t it strange how over the course of the season you and I have evolved into such strange bedfellows?

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

Thanks guys, I love reading these comments. My daddy taught me baseball drawing in the dirt of our driveway (farm northern Wisconsin) before I went to school and I have loved the game ever since. It is really nice to know that someone else can still “draw in the dirt” for me and teach me new things about the game. It hurts my heart to think that we have owners that do not believe/live/understand/appreciate the game as we all do,… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago
Reply to  Liz

Liz, You bring some baseball passion and a valuable perspective to the RWO site, and it struck me this morning that the baseball passion that I usually have is missing right now. Yes it is a down season, and yes the the Rockies are not playing meaningful games in Spetember, but it is much more than that. As someone pointed out above this now marks the third straight September that the Rockies have quit on the MFL. While I sometimes… Read more »

konaman
konaman
8 years ago

Do they “want” to lose baseball games…no but they do ‘WANT” to keep making tens of millions on the team if they win or not…yes This ownership and management as Liz points out hurts most if not all of our baseball hearts. I can only hope and pray that change is a comin!

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