While a Chris Ianetta walk-off single in the 10th sealed a 6-5 loss for the San Francisco Giants in Denver, failure to execute with runners in scoring position and a trio of errors were the root cause as the Giants fell to four games under .500 on the year.
The Giants (25-29) squandered chances in both the ninth and 10th. Rockies closer Wade Davis got the first two outs of the ninth but walked both Gorkys Hernandez and Andrew McCutchen before hitting Buster Posey with a pitch to load the bases. Brandon Belt hit a soft liner, but it was aimed right at second baseman Ryan McMahon to end the frame.
Third baseman Evan Longoria and shortstop Brandon Crawford opened the 10th with singles against Bryan Shaw, but Austin Jackson and Kelby Tomlinson grounded into force outs before Gregor Blanco bounced out weakly to end that frame.
Even pitching at Coors Field, Giants starter Andrew Suarez held the Rockies to four runs (three earned) in five innings. Trevor Story’s homer in the bottom of the first put the hosts ahead 3-2, and Ian Desmond gave the Rockies a 4-3 advantage with a single in the third after a Longoria error.
Though Longoria made one of three errors for San Francisco, he drove in three runs with a pair of doubles. Two came in on his two-out two-bagger in the first inning against Colorado starter Chad Bettis, and he got Bettis again in the sixth to tie the game.
Hernandez hit his sixth homer of the year in the third and Pablo Sandoval’s pinch-hit knock put the Giants ahead with two outs in the sixth.
Story and Carlos Gonzalez singled to start the eighth, and Desmond’s sac fly tied the game. Giants reliever Tony Watson caught an Ianetta comebacker and doubled off Gonzalez at first, but Iannetta got the best of Strickland in the tenth to win the game.
Strickland started the 10th by walking Arenado, who advanced to second on Trevor Story’s deep fly out. After Gonzalez was intentionally walked, Desmond sent a liner to right that McCutchen managed to trap but not catch, loading the bases. Iannetta’s grounder up the middle got past Strickland and into center field to end the game, though even if one of the Giants middle infielders had been able to stop it, they would have had no play.
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