This one had dedicated Rockies viewers seriously reevaluating the way we spend our summer evenings. Instead of a sunset stroll or a patio beer with family and friends, we watched the Rockies get stumped by Madison Bumgarner and the Giants bullpen until Brandon Crawford hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 1-0 win.
At least we saw a gem by Kyle Freeland. Freeland allowed four hits (none for extra bases), one walk and struck out four in seven perfect innings.
But it was all for not. Bumgarner had eight strikeouts (including three of Ian Desmond) and didn’t allow a hit until Carlos Gonzalez’s two-out double in the fifth. Two walks loaded the bases, but Freeland unsurprisingly struck out to end the Rockies’ only real threat.
Musgrave replaced a sizzling Scott Oberg in the bottom of the ninth for a lefty-lefty matchup with Brandon Crawford, but Crawford blasted a home run into Levi’s Landing to end the proceedings.
The loss dropped the Rockies to 38-42, the most under .500 in 2018. But we were unaware that change was gonna come – the Rockies would go 30-14 in their next 44 games, all against .500-or-better teams.