Bruce Bochy had hoped that a trip to Coors Field would wake up his ice-cold lineup.
“It would be nice to see this offense come to life,” the San Francisco Giants manager told broadcaster Jon Miller on KNBR before the 2-0 loss. “To do what we did there [at Wrigley Field], is not easy to do. We did make some hard outs, but still, to get 14 hits in a four-game series, that’s tough.”
What the Giants managed to do against Chad Bettis was even tougher — as the right-hander became the second Colorado Rockie ever to author a two-hit shutout at home.
Against the 27-year-old Bettis, who entered the day sporting a 5.17 ERA, the Giants didn’t collect their first hit — and baserunner — until there were two outs in the fifth.
Bettis’ gem marked the first time since 2013 that the Giants have endured a shutout at Coors and means the team has now gone 17 innings without scoring a run.
“We couldn’t generate anything to get the energy level up to get this offense going,” Bochy told reporters in Colorado during a postgame press conference. “Their guy pitched great. I’ll give him that, but at the same time, we’ve been in this for a little while.”
In five September games, the Giants have hit .099 (16-for-161) as a team and have totaled 10 runs. The string of four consecutive games with four hits or fewer is the team’s longest stretch in modern history (since 1900), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
By the time Eduardo Nunez looped his two-out single into left field in the top of the fifth, the Rockies had already buried the Giants in a 6-0 hole.
The bottom of the third began in ominous fashion for Matt Moore. The lefty started the inning by issuing back-to-back walks — including a four-pitch free pass to Bettis, who has two hits in 2016 and was trying to bunt.
With runners on first and second and no out, the ever-reliable Brandon Crawford whiffed a soft liner off the bat of Raimel Tapia that ended up turning the game.
What could have been a double or even triple play, turned into a bases loaded, no-out jam that Moore wouldn’t escape.
D.J. LeMahieu drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly, and then after an intentional walk to Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez crushed a towering grand slam beyond the wall in right.
Nick Hundley followed with a solo shot, and then after a single and a walk, Bochy lifted Moore, who had needed 42 pitches to retire just two outs.
“There’s no excuse for that third inning,” Moore said. “I had plenty of stuff today. I had plenty to get the job done or to at least work more than the eight outs that it was I got.”
On a day short on positive storylines, Ty Blach — and his family and friends — enjoyed a memorable afternoon. Making his first major league appearance in his hometown park with a cheering section of supporters watching on, the left-handed rookie threw three scoreless innings in relief.
“He’s such a great kid, and to make his debut here, I’m sure that was special,” Bochy said. “What a job he did. He got into a jam and I liked the way he kept his composure out there.”Bruce BochyMatt MooreMLBSan Francisco Giantsty blach