SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when you thought the San Francisco Giants' season couldn't get any more frustrating, they staged a thoroughly horrific homecoming Monday night against the worst road team in the majors.
Following up Sunday's nightmare in Washington, when they turned a 6-2 lead into a 14-6 defeat, the Giants suffered an agonizing 3-2 loss to the injury-riddled Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park that might have been worse.
San Francisco committed four errors, hit into four double plays, and hard-luck starter Jake Peavy committed a run-scoring balk that effectively handed the Rockies just their 19th road victory of the season against 44 losses.
For good measure, manager Bruce Bochy was tossed in the eighth inning by home plate umpire Doug Eddings for shouting something from the dugout after Buster Posey took a called third strike on a decidedly low pitch. Bochy was so disgusted, he kicked dirt on home plate after going nose to nose with Eddings.
Eddings had a shaky night, to be sure, but the Giants had no one to blame but themselves for this defeat. They could muster just two runs in seven innings against Colorado starter Tyler Matzek, who came into the game with a 2-9 record, a 5.38 ERA and zero victories in seven previous road starts. Moreover, they had at least one base runner in every inning but could score only in the first two.
Defensively, Brandon Crawford committed his 19th and 20th errors of the season on consecutive batters in the third inning, which Colorado converted into two runs that ultimately proved the difference in the game. Crawford, who also went 0 for 4 and struck out to end the game, now leads all major league shortstops with his 20 miscues. But he had some company on this night.
Things started badly defensively when second baseman Joe Panik threw wide of first base on Charlie Blackmon's game-opening grounder and pulled Buster Posey off the bag. Blackmon went to second on Drew Stubbs' deep fly to left, and then Peavy gave Blackmon a free ticket to third with an errant pickoff throw. Justin Morneau's sacrifice fly delivered the Rockies' first run.
The Giants tied the score in the bottom of the first, when Angel Pagan led off with a double down the left field line and scored on Posey's one-out single to center. Andrew Susac then gave the Giants a 2-1 lead with his second home run, a long shot over the center field wall in the second.
Peavy got through the first three innings without allowing a hit, but in the top of the fourth, things really started to get ugly. Stubbs hit a ball in the hole between third and short to open the inning that Crawford snared but threw away into the Rockies dugout for a two-base error.
Morneau followed by hitting another ball into the hole, but again, Crawford fielded it and threw wide of first base for another error. Peavy then committed a bizarre balk while facing Nolan Arenado and Stubbs trotted home with the tying run. Arenado singled to put runners at first and third, and Corey Dickerson's sacrifice fly gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead.
The Giants squandered a chance to tie in the bottom of the fourth when Michael Morse tripled into the right-center gap, but Panik struck out and Crawford hit a weak first-pitch ground out to first base.
Morse, meanwhile, hit into two double plays, one with runners at first and second in the bottom of the first inning and the second after Pablo Sandoval had opened the sixth with a single.
-- Bochy said before the game that first baseman Brandon Belt faces another two weeks of no baseball activity because of his concussion issues. Meanwhile, catcher Hector Sanchez is scheduled to see a specialist in Pittsburgh on Tuesday regarding his concussions.
-- It's finally official: Marco Scutaro (chronic back problems) is done for the season. "We don't expect to see Marco this year," said Bochy, noting that the veteran second baseman is no longer rehabbing and has returned to his home in Florida.
-- First baseman Adam Duvall was optioned to Triple-A Fresno, and right-handed relief pitcher George Kontos was recalled.
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