It wasn’t the best day for Rockies fans at 20th and Blake. The Rockies dropped both games of a split doubleheader to the Giants, losing in the nightcap by a score of 2-1. Only giving up two runs in a game after allowing 19 earlier in the day should offer some kind of encouragement, but it mostly just makes everything feel worse.
The Rockies managed just seven baserunners over the course of the game: five hits and two walks. One of those hits became an out, as Garrett Hampson was thrown out trying to stretch and RBI double into and RBI triple. So, instead of having the tying run on third with one out in the fifth, the Rockies had two outs, bases empty and elected to send pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez to the plate. He struck out to end the inning.
Pitchers bounce back
Gonzalez did manage to allow just the two runs—off back-to-back solo home runs from Stephen Vogt and Brandon Crawford—over five innings in the emergency spot start. From there the combination of Carlos Estevez, Bryan Shaw, and Jairo Diaz allowed just one baserunner over the final four innings. Again, a great bounce back after allowing 19 runs in the first game of the doubleheader, but and effort that proved fruitless as the bats just couldn’t string anything together.
After a rough day, these two teams play again tomorrow at 6:40pm MT. Peter Lambert will take the mound for the Rockies and the illustrious TBD will start for the Giants.