Peavy, Giants End Rockies’ Winning Streak

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After taking the first two games of their series with the Giants, the Rockies dropped Saturday’s game 7-3.

Watching the Rockies has been fun this week. Even though they aren’t playing for anything, and even though the most they can do at this point is play spoiler, it’s still fun to see them spoil things for the Giants. And there is no duo in baseball as hot as Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado. Tulo who?

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Cargo actually didn’t contribute much in the way of offense tonight, but he reminded us all that he’s a Gold Glove defender as well. Both the legs and the arm worked to create this gem of a double play in the first inning:

Arenado, however, did continue his hot hitting streak, and he even accomplished quite a feat tonight.

When the Giants lose, everybody wins, amirite?

Jake Peavy started for the Giants. My favorite memory of him is getting chased out of Game 163 in the 7th inning after allowing a double to Brad Hawpe. This occurred in his Cy Young season, which made it even sweeter. This year he’s been fine but not great, posting a 4.38 ERA in 74 innings after missing time early in the season because of what basically amounted to old man stiffness.

Peavy’s main issue in this game was giving up fly balls. It was quite a windy night at the ballpark, and the Rockies eventually made Peavy pay. Their first run scored after Chad Bettis collected his second MLB hit (!), advanced to 2nd and then 3rd on wild pitches, and crossed the plate after Jose Reyes hit a triple over the head of right fielder Gregor Blanco.

Bettis wasn’t super sharp and frequently got behind in the count, and then there was that part where he gave up a very hard-hit double to Peavy, walked Blanco, and allowed both to score on a double by Matt Duffy. That occurred in the 5th inning, and Bettis was replaced by Rex Brothers. It was an ok performance, neither brilliant nor horrific, and enough to make me willing to give him a chance at a rotation spot next year but hope we have three or four significantly better options as well.

Brothers, on the other hand, got Brandon Crawford to ground into a double play. Brothers just got back from Albuquerque, but he’s yet to give up a run in 1 2/3 innings of work since then.

Unfortunately, Peavy wasn’t done yet, and returned in the top of the 6th to double in another run. This was the first run surrendered by Simon Castro since his call-up; he had previously pitched 5 scoreless innings. From there, Peavy left the game after allowing a 2-run homer to Arenado, and the Rockies’ bullpen proceeded to nullify that quite quickly. Jason Gurka gave up a home run to Blanco, and Scott Oberg walked in a run inherited from Gurka after intentionally walking Buster Posey. That’s when the boos started. We know our team stinks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t expect better.

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Gonzalez Germen and Miguel Castro combined for two scoreless innings, but the Giants’ bullpen completely stifled the Rockies, and they did not score a run after Arenado’s home run in the 6th. In fact, the team only collected 5 hits as a group, with the likes of Cargo, DJ LeMahieu, and Charlie Blackmon going hitless. Still, the thing I’m most bummed about is that we won’t get a sweep of the Giants, who are hanging on to the possibility of a postseason berth by their fingernails.

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