The San Francisco Giants’ starting pitching continues to struggle. Compound that with a suddenly awful defense, and you have a struggling team, which is exactly where the Giants sit.
Occasionally, the Giants’ offense will erase the flaws with a big scoring output. Saturday night, the Colorado Rockies pounded them by a final tally of 10-2. Tim Lincecum gave up six runs in five innings. Even he contributed to his team’s three-error night, throwing a ball into right field that allowed the Rockies to score three runs in the third inning. Note that only Dexter Fowler’s double was the only ball that was hit beyond the infield.
The fact that Lincecum walked the No. 8 hitter–Charlie Blackmon–to lead off the inning should be crystalized. Fowler’s double enabled Blackmon to score, and Josh Rutledge’s swinging bunt that forced Lincecum to rush a throw, allowed Fowler to score on the error.
After Lincecum slightly bobbled the transfer, he didn’t appear to have a sturdy grip of the bobble, which likely played a big role in his throwing miscue.
The error allowed Rutledge to coast into third base with one out, and he scored on Carlos Gonzalez’ ensuing RBI groundout.
In the fourth inning, Lincecum continued to play with fire. He allowed Nolan Arenado to reach with out out. Then, he stumbled amid his windup, which was ruled a balk. That tumble to the ground came back to haunt him when he allowed a single to Tyler Chatwood, a good hitting pitcher.
From that point, the Rockies held a 4-1 lead that they only padded. Wilin Rosario hit a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning. Lincecum quickly induced fly outs to Rutledge and Gonzalez, but Troy Tulowitzki extended the inning with a single, and Rosario deposited Lincecum’s letter-high fastball into the left field bleachers.
Jean Machi surrendered one run in the seventh inning, and George Kontos surrendered three in the ninth.
Lost in Colorado’s scoring binge was the fact that the Giants did draw first blood in the second inning. Gregor Blanco drove home Brandon Belt, who reached on a double. The Giants are normally very good when scoring first, sporting a 17-7 record in those situations, but Saturday was a different story. Brandon Crawford’s infield single in the eighth inning marked the Giants’ only other run.