Kyle Kendrick allowed five runs over 5.2 innings in the afternoon's 6-2 loss at AT&T Park. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Madison Bumgarner was back to his usual self and allowed just three hits over his next 6.2 innings of work. The Giant's ace whiffed eight Rockies in that span and walked just two. Kendrick finished walked none, but allowed eight hits over 5.2 innings and saw his ERA rise to a 6.07.
DJ LeMahieu got things going early for the Rockies with a leadoff single before scoring courtesy of Nolan Arenado's twenty-third home run of the season. CarGo singled to continue the first inning rally, but Wilin Rosario grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Giants answered in the bottom of the inning via Matt Duffy's triple with two outs. Posey singled to plate Duffy, cutting the Rockies early lead to one. They'd then take the lead in the third inning when Boster Posey drove in Madison Bumgarner and Matt Duffy, who had singled and doubled respectively.
The Rockies and Giants went the next few innings with nothing to show for at the plate, but the Giants tacked on two more runs in the sixth to extend their lead. Duffy hit a homer to start the inning, leaving himself just a single shy of the cycle. Kendrick got the next two batters out, but Brandon Crawford hit his tenth home run of the season to put the Giants up 5-2. After allowing a double to Gregor Blanco, Kendrick was pulled in favor of LaTroy Hawkins, who whiffed Justin Maxwell to end the inning.
The Rockies were unable to come up with anything against Bumgarner in the seventh inning. Christian Bergman was brought in to replace Hawkins, but promptly saw a 1-2 pitch deposited over the wall on Bumgarner's second home run of the season. Bergman settled things down and pitched what were otherwise clean seventh and eighth innings.
Arenado hit his second homer of the game and twenty-fourth on the year to cut the Giants' lead to three, but Nick Hundley grounded into a double play to end the game.
In other news, Mets' rookie Steven Matz made his debut against the Reds today and went 7.2 innings in a great effort. He allowed just two runs and struck out six in addition to going 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs. Crazy debut. Will we see a similarly effective performance from Gray whenever he makes his long-awaited debut? The apparent success of the Mets' young pitchers in deGrom, Syndergaard, and Matz is making me pretty jealous right about now. Hopefully Gray can deliver as they have.