A seventh inning solo home run off the bat of Kevin Pillar was the only offense necessary Thursday night in San Francisco, as the Giants defeated the Rockies 1-0 at
AT&T Oracle Park. The loss dropped the Rockies to 3-10, matching their worst start in franchise history (2005). It was the third time the Rockies were shut out already this year and the seventh time they failed to score even three runs. It has been over a week since they last held a lead in a game.
Gray Wolf Sighting
It looked like it would be more of the same in the bottom of the first inning for Jon Gray. Coming off a start where he gave up five runs to the Dodgers over six innings, Gray gave up a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases for Brandon Crawford. He struck out ol’ Wethead on four pitches and went on to scatter two more hits and two more walks over six shutout innings, striking out six in total.
Unfortunately, said lead-off home run in the seventh put a damper on what was otherwise a terrific outing. It was his 15th straight game allowing a home run, tying a National League record. His final line was 62⁄3 innings, five hits, one run/earned run, three walks, and six strikeouts, which would be excellent on any night where there was any offense at all.
Speaking of offense, the bats were dormant for the first seven innings against Jeff Samardzija, who through three starts looks like his old self (at least with his 1.62 ERA). After missing most of 2018, this was his longest start since going 62⁄3 innings against the—let me check my notes—oh, yes, the Rockies on May 17. The Rockies managed just three hits against the Giants, all singles and two off the bat of Garrett Hampson. That second base hit, in the fifth inning, was the last time Colorado reached base in the game.
Game two of the series is scheduled for tomorrow night at 8:15pm MT. Chad Bettis, still licking his wounds from Sunday Night Baseball, will get the start opposite old friend Drew Pomeranz.