Friday, June 28, 2013

Game Wrap 6/28/2013: Rockies 4 Giants 1

The Giants were no match for Jhoulys Chacin and the Colorado Rockies as the middle leg of their road trip from, through and to Hell opened in Coors Field.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(11).  BA= .321.  Heckuva night for Buster, but he can't do it alone.  He got 3 of the team's 4 hits on the game.

Barry Zito- 5.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.53.  Zito wasn't good but he wasn't terrible either.  Kruk seemed to think he might be tipping his pitches.

Jake Dunning- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.16.  Haven't I been telling you that Dunning has a loose arm for a couple of years now?  Man, that thing is a whip!  Someone said in another discussion that one silver lining to all the injuries is we get to seem some new blood on the roster.  Dunning would be one who looks like he's going to be around awhile.

Jhoulys Chacin(Rockies)- 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/4.  Chacin put on a clinic of how to pitch successfully at Coors Field:  Pound the strike zone with a heavy fastball and keep the ball on the ground.  If you want proof of how little fight the Giants had in them tonight, look no further than Chacin's pitch count:  95 pitches in 8 innings.  He had only made 63 pitches through 6 at one point.

With the Loss, the Giants remained in 4'th place in the NL West, 4 games behind the leading D'Backs who lost to the Braves 3-0.  The Pesky Padres, in 2'nd place,  beat the Marlins 9-2 to get to 2.5 games behind the leaders while the Rockies gained a game to 3 games back.  The Dodgers are getting crushed by the Phillies 15-1 in the 8'th innning, so they will finish the evening 6 games off  the pace.

Matt Cain tries to be the stopper against Jorge De La Rosa tomorrow afternoon.

Looking ahead, it is difficult right now to envision the Giants winning even one game on this road trip.  Sometimes a team has to hit rock bottom before they start fighting back.  If tonights game is not rock bottom, it has to be getting very close.  Right now, whether it be that they just don't have the weapons or just don't have the heart, this team has very little fight in it.


  1. The team is as flat as I've seen it in years and is showing why it's so hard to repeat. There is still time to turn it around -- but outside of Cain and Bumgarner I'm not seeing a lot of upside in the starting pitching staff. And no near-term fix in the minors: Kickham doesn't look quite ready (but does have the stuff to start); they aren't showing much confidence in Heston. I wonder at what point they start looking to 2014?

    1. Knowing this management team, the Giants will not start looking to 2014 unless they get completely blown out of the race, as in 10 or more games out of a playoff spot.