Of the previous nine 1-0 games in the 23-year history of the mile-high Coors Field, the San Francisco Giants had won one. They didn’t win the 10th.
After scoring just three runs in the first two games of their mid-week series against the Colorado Rockies, the Giants were shut out in the finale, and were swept out of Denver on the back of a solo home run by Chris Ianetta.
After two days of being shut down on offense with a heavy dose of ground balls, San Francisco (45-43) was held down by Tyler Anderson, who got eight grounders, six fly outs and struck out nine. The lefty allowed just two hits and two walks in eight innings.
Andrew Suarez wasn’t quite as masterful as his counterpart, but he still got solid results, save for the one pitch to Iannetta. With men on the corners and two out in the first inning, he got Ian Desmond to bounce out on a comebacker. With one out and two men on in the third, he retired Nolan Arenado on a foul pop and ended the inning by getting Trevor Story to fly out. Suarez retired Arenado — a noted Giants killer — three times.
The levee finally cracked in the seventh. Desmond flew out to the warning track, but Iannetta followed with a 453-foot blast down the left field line. The play was reviewed, but the call stood. Anderson took care of the eighth, retiring a pair of pinch-hitters by striking out Nick Hundley and inducing a groundout from Austin Jackson.
Two-out singles in the bottom of the eighth by Arenado and Story loaded the bases for Colorado (44-43), but Tony Watson escaped as Desmond bounced into a force out. That left the door open for the Giants in the ninth, and they made noise against Wade Davis and put some fear into the crowd of 48,158. Gorkys Hernandez struck out and Brandon Belt grounded out, but Andrew McCutchen singled and Buster Posey walked. Brandon Crawford was summoned to bat for Austin Slater, but his fly ball to right died short of the warning track to seal the sweep.
The defeat leaves the Giants with a .500 road trip despite opening with a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. San Francisco is now 5-7 against Colorado this season, and 1-5 in two trips to the mountains. Suarez was the one bright spot, scattering five hits over seven innings, striking out six and holding the Rockies without a walk, but he left as the hard-luck loser.Andrew SuarezMLBNolan ArenadoSan Francisco Giants