The San Francisco Giants may be 0-8 at Coors Field this season, but you at least have to give them credit for creativity.
Monday’s 4-3 walk-off loss to the Colorado Rockies was just the latest in a season of zany games at 5,200 feet that have also included a loss after an 8-run comeback and a walk-off homer to complete a cycle.
This time, Carlos Gonzalez, mired in the worst season of his career, came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning and never saw a strike, walking on four pitches from Cory Gearrin to end the game.
Steven Okert, who started the inning, was charged with the loss. He allowed a leadoff double to Charlie Blackmon that was aided by Mac Williamson, who made a sliding attempt, but the ball popped out of his glove. Nolan Arenado was intentionally walked with one out and Gerardo Parra followed with a walk, prompting Bruce Bochy to call on Gearrin to try to escape the jam.
Gearrin struck out one of the best pinch-hitters in baseball, Pat Valaika, on just three pitches, but walked Gonzalez on four to end the game.
San Francisco’s only offense came from the top of the order, as Denard Span and Joe Panik were responsible for six of the team’s seven hits, and each hit a solo homer. Panik’s RBI single in the sixth tied the game at 3.
Buster Posey, batting in the third spot, went 1-for-4, bouncing into a double play against Jake McGee to end the top of the eighth after Span and Panik had both singled off the lefty.
Pablo Sandoval went 0-for-4 and is now hitless in his last 33 at-bats. He finally made decent contact in his last trip to the plate, but Rockies closer Greg Holland made an excellent play on the sharp comebacker.
Blackmon’s 33rd homer of the season put the Rockies on the board in the bottom of the third and Colorado scored two in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. Chad Bettis helped out his own cause with an RBI single to tie the game, and after another hit by Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu’s single put the Rockies ahead 3-2.
Bettis, making his fifth start since cancer treatment, allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Giants starter Chris Stratton needed 98 pitches to get through four innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks.MLB