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Giants 8, Rockies 6: Same As It Ever Was

Rockies consider beating the Giants, ultimately decide against it.


The Baseball Gods must be playing some sort of sick game. As if it weren't bad enough to lose to the Giants over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over (that's ten straight overs), they must also lose in the most humiliating, painful ways possible. Tonight it was by blowing a 6-0 lead.

The Rockies jumped out quickly against Matt Cain, as Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado hit back to back dingers in the second inning, staking Jhoulys Chacin to a 3-nil lead. The very next inning, Wilin Rosario clubbed an opposite field three-run smackeroo. The Rockies had seven hits and six runs against Matt Cain, their nemesis. Everything was biscuits and gravy.

But then the Baseball Gods woke from their afternoon nap and realized, whoa, the time really got away from us, let's go screw with the Rockies-Giants game. They did this by sapping Chacin of all effectiveness. The top of the fourth proceeded accordingly: single, walk, line out, single, RBI walk, line out, bases clearing double, RBI single (to the pitcher!), fly out. Just like that it was 6 to 5, and though the Rockies were still winning, everyone in existence knew exactly what was going on.

The thunder in the Rockies bats turned to static after Rosario's homer. Over the next six innings, the Rockies managed just two base runners off a Carlos Gonzalez walk and a pinch hit single from DJ LeMahieu (welcome back to the bigs, DJ).

The Giants kept doing their annoying Giant thing, stringing together singles and productive outs and making solid contact and all of a sudden they have 8 runs and Matt Cain's pitched 6 and 1/3 and the bullpen shuts everything down and that's all she wrote. Better luck next time.

So, um, any positives to take away from the game? Nolan Arenado looks more legit by the day, with a no-doubt dinger and a spectacular diving play to his right to rob Brett Pill of extra bases. Rob Scahill looked solid in his 2 and 1/3 innings of work. It was nice seeing Helton and Rosario go deep.

It feels somehow significant that the Rockies hit three homers while the Giants his zero, but still lost decisively. I don't know what that significance is though; maybe they just need to stop swinging for the downs and collect some singles and doubles instead. Whatever. Who knows.

Record: 21-20

Games Back: 3.0

Graph that resembles Sisyphus' mountain:

Source: FanGraphs

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