The San Francisco Giants lost to the Colorado Rockies, 8-0, on Sunday. It was a fitting end to a nightmare weekend that began with the team placing ace Madison Bumgarner on the disabled list after the lefty hurt himself in a dirt bike accident.
Since then, the Giants were swept by a division rival as their starting pitchers combined to allow 19 runs over three games at Coors Field.
“There’s nothing clicking,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. “I am not saying we’re not good, we are good, but we have to find a way come out of this by all of us stepping it up.”
In the series finale, Jeff Samardzija threw 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs, including five in the bottom of the sixth.
Of course, he didn’t receive any help from the offense, which was shutout by a trio of Rockies pitchers who scattered six hits and nine total baserunners. Having Brandon Belt make his first start in the outfield of 2017 (with Buster Posey playing first) did little to kickstart the offense.
The Giants now represent the 15th lineup to be shutout at the friendliest park to hitters in the MLB since it opened in 1995.
“We just need to go out there and play a little smarter, play a little cleaner,” Samardzija told reporters, “get back to Giants baseball, which is why we have been so successful.”
They’ll get a chance to right the ship today, when Matt Cain starts their first series of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers.