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Giants 4, Rockies 2: Madison Bumgarner strikes out 11 to beat Rox

At least Ian Desmond is still hitting well

The Rockies lost to the Giants 4-2 on Wednesday night to drop the second game of the three game series. Madison Bumgarner struck out 11 Rockies in just six innings of work on a night when the offense, in general, didn’t show up. The Rockies’ record now stands at 41-38

Spot start ideal

Chi Chi González gave the Rockies about what you want from a spot start. He pitched five innings and gave up three runs. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible either. The peripherals are less notable here — four strikeouts and four walks, in case you’re interested — because the Rockies really shouldn’t rely too much on Chi Chi. But with Jeff Hoffman struggling, Kyle Freeland all of the sudden an indefinite question mark, and no obvious promotion candidate as of yet in Triple-A, González may play a little more into the Rockies’ immediate plans, in which case his start on Wednesday was something other than a spot start, and therefore more worrying than ideal.

Desmond homers

One of the Rockies two runs was the result of a fluky David Dahl popup that Alex Dickerson lost in the sky. The other, however, was a no doubt home run from Ian Desmond. It was Desmond’s 11th home run of the season, and his wRC+ is still sitting comfortably on the right side of 100. It was a positive on an otherwise blah night.

Up next

The Rockies and Giants finish their three-game series Wednesday afternoon, starting at 1:45 MT. German Márquez starts against Jeff Samardzija.