Punchless Giants lose to Rockies despite Pomeranz effort

Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News on

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Drew Pomeranz struck out 11 batters in five innings but paid for his lone mistake Monday night as the San Francisco Giants lost 2-0 to the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park.

After recording five of his first six outs by strikeout, Pomeranz gave up a bloop single to Charlie Blackmon and a two-run homer to David Dahl to account for the scoring before a crowd of 30,018.

Jon Gray got the win, pitching six innings of shutout ball to improve to 8-6 for the Rockies (41-37). He was followed by Jairo Diaz, Scott Oberg and Wade Davis, the latter getting his 10th save. Pomeranz (2-8) got shutout relief from Derek Holland (three innings) and Trevor Gott (one inning) as the Giants fell to 33-44.

Pomeranz was done after five innings, having thrown 93 pitches. He struck out the side in the first inning, had two more in the second, two more in the third, two in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Gray departed after the sixth, lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out six in 96 pitches.

The Giants nearly scored in the seventh against reliever Jairo Diaz when Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-out double to left center, with Joe Panik (infield single) attempting to score from first with two out. A relay from center fielder Dahl to shortstop Pat Valaika to catcher Troy Wolters made for a close play at the plate, and Panik was called out. The call was upheld on replay.

The only difficulty for Pomeranz arose when Blackmon hit a bloop single to left in a triangle created by left fielder Alex Dickerson, center fielder Kevin Pillar and shortstop Donovan Solano, and was followed by an opposite field home run by Dahl for a 2-0 lead.

In the Giants fifth, Panik hit a line drive to left in the direction of Raimel Tapia, who had a line on it but then covered up and hit the ground. Tapia managed to avoid being hit in the head, but the ball rolled to the fence for a double to open the inning.


Solano was next and he hit a ball to the right side that hung in the air long enough so that Panik had to hold at second. Manager Bruce Bochy sent Brandon Belt to hit for Pomeranz, and Belt walked to put runners at first and second.

Gray, however, struck out Yastrzemski looking and Dickerson swinging to end the threat.

The 11 strikeouts by Pomeranz tried a career high, last achieved with Boston in 2017. It was the most by a Giants pitcher since Johnny Cueto had 11 against Arizona in April of 2018.

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