AT&T PARK — No at bat better epitomized Matt Moore’s frustrating Saturday afternoon than when Bartolo Colon stepped to the plate with two outs in the second.
Moore eventually struck out the New York Mets starter, but not before running the count full — even as the 43-year-old never showed the slightest inclination to swing the bat.
In the San Francisco Giants’ 9-5 loss, Moore struggled all day to find the zone, walking three in five innings of work. The left-hander has now issued 17 free passes in 23 innings with the Giants.
“Obviously, you want to stay away from walks and deep counts,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “[You want] to keep your pitch count down so you can get deeper in the game.”
Following Moore’s early exit, Bochy turned to Jake Peavy in the top of the sixth with the Giants trailing 3-2.
Peavy allowed four runs in the sixth — including a three-run homer that Alejandro De Aza hooked just inside the foul pole atop the right field arcade. Yoenis Cespedes tagged Peavy for a fifth run in the seventh, hammering his second home run of the day.
“I’m trying to rest this pen,” Bochy said when asked to explain why he called on his long man in a one-run game. “They’ve been carrying a pretty big work load and I’ve got to use everybody. I’m going to wear them down.”
FRIDAY: Cueto gets first win of second half
When Johnny Cueto walked off the mound in the middle of the seventh on Friday night, the score was tied 1-1.
After the Giants broke out for seven runs in their final two at bats, the right-hander ended up with his first win since July 6.
Ehire Adrianza began the late rally, delivering a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
“That’s a tough situation to put a young hitter in,” Bochy said after Adrianza sparked the Giants to an 8-1 win. “He has no fear — I’ll say that about him.”Ehire AdrianzaJake PeavyJohnny Cuetokarl buscheckMatt MooreMLBSan Francisco GiantsYoenis Cespedes