I have to make this real quick, because as I start this post I’m supposed to leave in 15 minutes to go to my wife’s friend’s 30th birthday party. Probably shouldn’t be late. Luckily, this game — a 2-1 walk-off win for the Colorado Rockies, the Giants’ sixth straight loss in a row and eighth in their last nine games — doesn’t leave much to say.
Buster Posey went 2-for-4 and drove in the Giants’ only run:
He wasn’t the only Giants to collect more than one hit in this game, as Andres Torres came up with three. Torres got to third with one out in the first inning, but Posey struck out and Hunter Pence popped out to third. Torres would got picked off first base by Jorge De La Rosa in the sixth before Marco Scutaro reached on an infield single and Posey doubled him in.
Matt Cain was outstanding, and seemed to work nicely with Guillermo Quiroz. Cain went eight innings and was taken out after 105 pitches. He struck out five and allowed only three hits and a walk. Bruce Bochy went with Jeremy Affeldt in the ninth, double-switching Hector Sanchez behind the plate in the process. Since I have about two minutes left to write I’ll just throw this in speed things along:
Jeremy Affeldt with his first appearance in a week, Hector Sanchez catching after sitting the entire game … buckle up
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) June 29, 2013
Hope the airbags deployed.
Affeldt walked Todd Helton with two outs, then ignored pinch runner Josh Rutledge. Rutledge got a huge jump, Sanchez didn’t have a chance, and Rutledge took second easily. Nolan Arrenado collected his first hit of the day when he lined a single to center off an Affeldt changeup, and the Giants’ clubhouse gets even more depressing.
Bochy told Jon Miller before the game that he talked to the hitters about not pressing, and encouraged his players to show more energy in the dugout. Bochy wants his players to cheer each other on a little more, show some more life both on and off the field. Despite the best efforts of Posey and Cain, the Giants needed more than cheers and high-fives on Saturday afternoon. They needed to do better than go 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. They needed better at-bats from the 4-5-6 spots in the order, who went 0-for-11 with a walk. Maybe they need an infusion of energy from an exterior source. They can’t keep playing like this before changes are made, so maybe we’ll see.