The San Francisco Giants are probably not in the best of spirits at the moment after being shut out by the Colorado Rockies in the final game of a four game series. The Giants lost three out of four in Denver and conclude their six-game road trip with an abysmal 1-5 record.
The major issue has continued to be their pitching. After Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum were crushed in the two previous games, southpaw Barry Zito did not fare much better by allowing five runs and 11 hits in 5.2 innings.
Here are a few highlights, starting with a Carlos Gonzalez RBI single in the first inning:
Gonzalez struck again in the fifth with double to right that scored Dexter Fowler:
And Gonzalez would cross the plate on a single by Jordan Pacheco:
Two more runs would cross the plate on a hit by Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth inning that made the score 5-0, putting the nail on the coffin.
On the flip-side, the Rockies’ pitching was phenomenal, shutting out the Giants for the first time at Coors Field since 2008, and the fourth time in 152 games.
Juan Nicasio, the starting pitcher, allowed just three hits in six innings, and their bullpen was able to close out the victory.
The Giants were outscored 52-28 during the entirety of the road trip, which began with two blowout losses in Toronto and concluded with three straight awful performances in Denver.
San Francisco is a team that thrives and depends on their pitching to succeed; that’s how they have won two World Series titles in the past three years. When their pitchers struggle, the pressure on the offense increases, and the Giants simply do not have the hitting to make up for poor pitching.
The Giants will return home to face the Washington Nationals on Monday, and they will look to right the ship with Ryan Vogelsong on the mound.