Aug 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Shaky Defense Costs Giants In Loss to Rockies


A three-run eighth inning thrusted the Giants back into the game, but it was a miscue in the sixth inning that highlighted a 5-4 loss in which Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin pitched 6.2 no-hit innings.

The Giants’ surrendered four runs in the sixth. At the helm of the big inning was a Brandon Crawford error. With runners on first and second, Jean Machi fielded Nolan Arenado’s ground ball up the middle. His throw to second base was slightly off target, but Crawford easily could’ve come up with it. Instead, he dropped Machi’s throw, loading the bases.

The costly error on that play set up Yorvit Torrealba’s ensuing ground-rule double. Two runs scored on the play, and Chacin later helped himself out with an RBI groundout. San Francisco again could’ve turned a key double play on Chacin’s weakly hit grounder, but Marco Scutaro’s throw to first was late, extending the inning.

Before the errors kicked in, Wilin Rosario tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single.

Despite carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning, the Giants did scratch up a run on a walk, error and double play in the fourth.

Perhaps the Giants wasted a big scoring chance in the previous innings, when Madison Bumgarner popped a bunt attempt up with runners on first and second, no outs. Chacin went on to retire two straight batters.

Bumgarner, whose ERA climbed to 2.91, allowed four runs (three earned) over 5.1 innings. He yielded five hits, struck out six and walked one.

San Francisco’s bid to bail the lefty out of a loss fell short despite three straight events that scored runs–Brandon Belt’s RBI double, Buster Posey’s groundout and Pence’s RBI single. Pablo Sandoval then popped up the second pitch he saw.

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