Tuesday, September 2, 2014
LA 77-61 ... Obliging us for now with timely losses.
GIANTS 75-63 2 GB Second bullpen meltdown in 8 days.
Giants lost at Colorado, 10-9, blowing a 7-2 lead in the sixth and giving up the walk-off in the 9th. Prior to this game, the Giants won the suspended game from May 22, 4-2. Thus the Giants gained half a game in the race, despite the horrific loss, because...
LA lost to Washington, 6-4.
Giants continue at Colorado; 5:40 PM MDT (7:40 EDT). Yusmeiro Petit, who set a major-league consecutive-retired-batters record the last time he faced the Rockies, opposes Jordan Lyles.
LA hosts Washington again.
"The horror... the horror!" Championship teams don't blow big sixth-inning leads twice in eight days, do they? Well, before we call out the Giants' bullpen to run a few dozen punishment laps in the outfield, we must admit that Tim Hudson, whom we love dearly, began the meltdown by failing to retire any of the four batters he faced to open the sixth, and all of those people eventually scored. The key play, sorry to say, was a fumbled catch by Joe Panik, whom we extolled just yesterday, which wiped out a possible DP and set up the four-run frame. Hudson's relief, the normally reliable Javier Lopez, surrendered two of those runs. Jean Machi came in, stopped the bleeding, and had a chance to be the hero. But he uncorked a strike-three wild pitch to open the seventh, leading to three more runs and a 9-7 Colorado lead. Panik partially redeemed himself by opening the ninth with a double, leading to game-tying RBI singles by Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval. But poor ol' Sergio Romo gave up three singles in the bottom of the frame, and that was it. Bright moments: Hunter Pence, who won the suspended game with a homer, belted another one in this tilt, and Brandon Crawford went 3-for-4 with three RBI.