SAN FRANCISCO – Rocky Rockies.
Just when it seemed like things could not get worse, they had done it.
After dropping an 18-round match against the Giants that started Friday and escaped until the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Rockies lost 5-2 against the Giants on Saturday afternoon at Oracle. Park.
Colorado has now lost 12 of its last 13 games and its 3-12 start is the worst start to the franchise's history. The magnitude of the slippage is felt throughout the club.
"It's obvious that something has to change," said Ian Desmond, a former center-center player. "Something must be shaken, something has to be done differently. We must understand. "
When asked if he subscribed to Desmond's assessment, third-star Nolan Arenado said, "Absolutely."
The changes that should be made are unclear, but Arenado noted that the Giants had won the game by moving batters, hitting sacrifices and playing baseball – things the Rockies did not do regularly.
"We do not do the little things and, besides, we do not have good attackers," said Arenado.
First baseman Veteran Mark Reynolds, who played Madison Bumgarner and the Giants to reduce the gap to 3-2 in seventh inning, said the Rockies needed to start playing with a sense of urgency increased.
"We have plenty of time to get by, but you do not want to get too late," he said. "Every time I talk to you, it's like," We'll be fine, we'll be fine. But at some point, you have to press the panic button. You must do the little things correctly. Find the head runner, hold the runner's head … we do not do it. "
Kyle Freeland, No. 1 star, was removed from the game after five innings, because of a blister on the middle finger of the left hand. After the match, he said he did not consider the blister as a major problem, adding that it did not affect his performance.
"I had a blister, so I'm not worried, because we know how to handle it," said Freeland, noting that the blister appeared for the first time in the second run.
Frustration erupted in the sixth when Bumgarner hit Arenado who wanted to end an exchange with Garrett Hampson stranded at third base. Arenado – who has not scored a home run in 60 shots this season and has only six runs produced in 15 games – has become ballistic by throwing his helmet and stick and has almost been ejected by the marble umpire who played the marble. Reyburn. Arenado had a reason to lose his temper. The third hit called was clearly inside.
"I was just frustrated," said Arenado, who resisted 0-2 to reach the score of 3-2. "I was facing a very good pitcher, I had a full account and I had a good striker and I felt like I was walking. We have all seen the retransmission, so I do not need to talk about it.
"He's a great referee and he's only doing his job. That failed him, which is frustrating because we had a man in the third row. "
Bumgarner threw more than seven innings, getting up after Chris Iannetta opened eighth with a brace. The southpaw gave six hits, took out seven and did no purpose. He advanced to 9-2 with a winning points average of 1.94 in 16 career starts against Colorado at Oracle Park.
"He's a great competitor and he's throwing," said manager Bud Black. "He has been deceived and he still has enough equipment to beat bats and his secondary fields have improved in recent years.
"We knew what we were looking for and we went on to stress it over and over, but we could not break through."
The Rockies finally scored a point on the scoreboard in sixth place with Hampson's RBI double on Bumgarner to score Charlie Blackmon. It was Colorado's first round in 19 innings, going back to its fourth round of the 18-round loss.
Freeland, who is not up to his stellar performance last season, was scored for three runs on nine hits. The solo circuit of Kevin Pillar in fifth in the fifth inning proved to be the difference in the match. It was the fourth Pillar circuit of the season.
"I was trying to steal a shot with a curved ball," said Freeland, now 1-3 with a .40. "The second or third time in training, I was trying to unbalance him a bit and I drew a turn and he was ready to do it."
San Francisco gave a 2-0 lead in third place thanks to a Pillar sacrificial fly and a pair of star receiver Buster Posey – his first point of the season.
The Giants added two insurance races in the eighth relay, Seunghwan Oh and Mike Dunn.