Rewind: Giants vs. Rockies, Game #3

The Giants will be leaving Colorado on a sour note after losing for the second night in a row and falling even further behind in a tightly contested NL West. They better start playing better fast with the Dodgers coming up next

If the humidor has been keeping runs scored substantially down this year in Coors Field, Jamey Wright would find that hard to believe. Wednesday he allowed five runs over six innings and pushed his ERA all the way up to 5.06 on the year. Wright (5-8) has now gone eight straight starts without a victory. His last win was all the way back on May 22 against St. Louis. Talk of Brad Hennessey taking over the role as fifth starter is only going to get louder now.

Pedro Feliz, however, is white-hot, as he got the Giants on the board with a solo blast in the top of the third inning to make the score 4-1 at the time. After going without a long ball for over a month (May 19 – June 29) Feliz has now homered in five of the Giants' last seven games.

Eliezer Alfonzo was the only other offense Wednesday, hitting two homers for the Giants. He had solo shots in the seventh and ninth for the first multihomer game of his young career. Other than Feliz and Alfonzo, the Giants managed a measly four hits and only one of them was for extra bases. Josh Fogg, who entered the contest with a poor 5.85 ERA at Coors Field this year, effectively silenced the Giants' bats.

One positive is the Giants did not commit an error, as they entered Wednesday's game having committed 16 errors in their last 16 games. Still, it was a disappointing game overall. Wright put them in a hole early when he allowed four second inning runs, and the offense mustered a lackluster three runs – all on solo homers.

The Giants are now 43-42 and remain stuck in fourth place. Next up, a huge series against the Dodgers in LA starting Thursday night. This four game series will go a long way in telling if the Giants are truly contenders, as the Dodgers look like the main contenders for the NL West crown this year. With Matt Cain, a surging Matt Morris, Noah Lowry, and then ace Jason Schmidt scheduled to go, the Giants are set up perfectly. Even Moises Alou is rumored to possibly return Thursday, although we've all heard that one before.

Game Notes: Before the game, Barry Bonds' friend and personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was held in contempt of court and taken to prison for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury investigation that's looking into Bonds for perjury. Bonds went 1-for-4 and had no comment. He also remained homerless since June 24 against Oakland.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: This one's an easy call, as Eliezer Alfonzo's two-homer game clearly stood out. Alfonzo went 3-for-4 on the night and is easing the loss of Mike Matheny (concussion). Not only is he getting high praise for his work behind the plate, but Alfonzo also has his average all the way up to .311 on the year.



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