DENVER — Despite two game-tying hits from Brandon Crawford, the Giants mustered little else offensively in the mile-high hitter’s haven of Coors Field for the second straight night and similarly dropped their second straight game here.
San Francisco went 1-2-3 with Thairo Estrada on second base in the top of the 10th before Brendan Rodgers chased them down in the bottom half with a single to center off Camilo Doval, sending them to their fourth loss streak, 4. -3, and two games under .500.
Doval, who was pitching his second inning after an easy ninth, intentionally walked Charlie Blackmon to get Rodgers, who brought home Wynton Bernard from second, aided by Austin Slater firing the ball as he attempted to shoot
With the Padres’ win over Washington, the Giants (59-61) fell 6.5 games out of the last wild-card spot in the National League with 42 to play.
“It’s a shame to come here and lose a couple of games,” coach Gabe Kapler said. “We don’t want But it’s a very tough group in there and they’ll come back ready to fight tomorrow.”
Crawford tied the score once, with a home run into the Rockies bullpen in the seventh inning. With the Giants in their final out two frames later, he did it again. Colorado closer Daniel Bard grounded out on a 3-1 count, and Crawford lined the next pitch down the left-field line to drive home Slater, who slid into second base after coming in as a runner. pinch hitter after Tommy La Stella extended the game with a pinch hitter. he hit a single with two outs.
Before the ninth-inning rally against Bard, who has been one of the most effective closers in the majors, the Giants had mustered little else through the first eight innings, mirroring their same early offensive struggles from the series-opening loss of Friday
Besides the solo shots by Crawford and catcher Joey Bart, the Giants had just one other hit through the first eight innings Saturday. La Stella’s single kept San Francisco from matching its fewest hits in any two-game stretch in this ballpark in its 27-year history after managing just five on Friday.
“Especially being in a park like this, which usually has pretty offensive games here, it’s disappointing, for sure,” Crawford said. “We’ve been a bit off lately, winning five games, showing a good offense, then the last four or five not so much. Struggling is always a great sign, but we have to find a way out of it.”
Crawford’s ninth-inning double marked the Giants’ second hit in 25 at-bats with runners in scoring position since the start of their four-game losing streak (.080 average).
After snapping a 12-game hitting streak against the Rockies earlier this season that stretches back to 2021, the Giants have now dropped back-to-back series in Colorado. In their last 20 games against NL West foes, the Giants are 3-17.
Whatever momentum was gained during their five-game winning streak has been lost in this four-game losing streak.
“We know this was a must-win series for us,” said Cobb, who was handed a no-decision despite pitching 6 ⅔ innings and limiting the Rockies to three runs in the toughest pitching environment in the majors. “You think coming in here we’re going to click a little bit better. Maybe we’re pushing a little bit. … All you can do when you see that happen as a pitcher is try to take it, take the team and get through it until they can some races.”
Cobb joined Logan Webb as the only Giants starters to pitch at least six innings without allowing more than three runs at Coors Field this season and the 10th San Francisco starter to do so since the start of 2018.
Cobb recorded the second out of the seventh inning with a hard grounder, catching Bernard between third and home, but Bernard’s RBI single earlier in the inning had already given the go-ahead.
“It’s frustrating the last inning to give up the lead, but I felt like I battled tonight,” Cobb said. “It’s just a battle every time you come here. It’s different. The ball doesn’t move the same. You go into the game knowing that. … From our end, we’ve got to keep pitching well and hopefully that sparks another streak on the side positive for us.”
Rockies rookie Ryan Feltner, who had a 6.39 ERA in Saturday’s start, limited the Giants to one run, two hits and four total baserunners over six innings, the second straight night San Francisco has come up short against a starting pitcher without a sore throat.
The Giants, who battled Feltner so mightily that it made Jon Miller wonder on the radio if third base coach Mark Hallberg was getting lonely, got on the board and then tied the game with a pair of home runs
Beginning the sixth inning, Bart hit a high fastball and unleashed a 419-foot home run that landed a dozen rows into the left-field bleachers, tying the score at 1 and providing the only damage for the Giants in Feltner. .
With Feltner out of the game to start the seventh, Crawford threw a tying pitch against reliever Dinelson Lamet in the Rockies bullpen, just the latest in the veteran shortstop’s mile-high escapades.
The homer was Crawford’s 10th at Coors Field since 2019, breaking the tie with the Dodgers’ Max Muncy for hits by a visiting player. Mike Yastrzemski, who has a higher OPS here than any other player besides Miguel Cabrera (1.213 entering Saturday), was hitless in five at-bats out of the leadoff spot, including a groundout to end the top of the 10th .
After moving to eighth in the order, the lowest he has batted against a right-handed starter since 2013, Brandon Belt led off extra innings with Estrada at second base, but struck out swinging, the first of three outs consecutive at the top of the order. 10th
Belt, who drew attention for squaring off with runners in scoring position in Thursday’s loss to the D-backs, said he considered doing the same in the 10th. A bunt would have advanced Estrada to third with one out.
However, Belt decided against it when he saw nothing but Rockies reliever Lucas Gilbreath’s sliders.
Despite the belt point, Kapler said the balance was the right decision for now.
“You’re trying to score some runs at Coors Field,” Kapler said. “I think everyone knows that one career is not enough in this environment.”
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