Rewind: Giants at Rockies, Game #1

After two humbling losses and a rainout in St. Louis, the Giants looked to get back on track in Denver, where the air is thin, the balls are moist, and the beer is macro. Alas, that wasn't the only thing that was macro in game 1, to the dismay of the Giants. Children, avert your eyes.

That thud you heard?  Perhaps the San Francisco Giants’ slim playoff hopes squashed by a giant beer can.

Giants pitching picked an awful time to have its worst collective outing, as they surrendered at least a run in every inning except the seventh to fall heavily to the Colorado Rockies 20-8 at Coors Field.

The 20 runs allowed and 12-run differential in a loss were season highs for San Francisco.  Giants starter Noah Lowry (7-10) was clearly not pitching in San Francisco or anywhere in his element, as he surrendered the first nine Rockies runs on nine hits – including two 3-run home runs to rookie Jeff Baker – in only an inning an a third.

The list of Rockies hitters who had a good day included… well, the entire starting lineup, who scored at least one run each except for catcher Chris Iannetta, who walked three times.  With relative unknowns like Baker, Ryan Spilborghs, and Troy Tulowitski, Colorado’s lineup might not sound scary, but the team obviously has reasons to be excited about its talented youth movement.

After Lowry’s quick exit, the Giants then proceeded to exhaust their bullpen, but to little avail.  Relievers Scott Munter, Brian Wilson, Jonathan Sanchez, Vinnie Chulk, Steve Kline, and Billy Sadler worked the rest of the game and collectively gave up 11 more runs, with only Wilson and Kline pitching shutout ball, the latter pitching a quiet bottom of the seventh inning.

San Francisco actually had a lead in the ballgame, which lasted all of a half an inning.  With two outs and Omar Vizquel on second base, Barry Bonds brought him home with a single.  Then soon-to-be free agent Ray Durham added to his resume by hitting a 2-run home run off of Rockies starter Justin Hampson for a 3-0 Giants lead.

Giants hitters actually banged out 15 hits in the ballgame, but nearly a third of these hits were by backups put into the batting order when the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt.

Hampson (1-0) was a fortunate beneficiary of his team’s massive run support. The rookie lasted only five innings after giving up 10 hits and six runs, but the Rockies had a comfortable lead by then.

The way it’s going with San Francisco, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres might also consider their leads over the Giants a comfortable one.

SFDugout’s Player of the Game: The Rockies’ beer guys, who must have had a busy day with the celebratory beer flowing in the stands.  Oh, a Giant?  How about Vizquel, who had two hits to up his average above .300.  Pretty slim pickings today.

Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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