Giants 6, Rockies 3 (boxscore)
What Went Wrong: If you've seen one Rockies-Giants game from AT&T Park, you've seen them all. Misplayed flyballs into triples, wild pitches, caught stealings, former Rockies that stunk getting big hits and once great baseball players grounding into double plays for the Rockies. It's all there for you, but it's just a small portion of the usual problems.
Turning Point: 7th inning. Giants leading 3-0. Rockies loaded the bases with one out. In comes Jeremy Affeldt from the Giants bullpen. In comes Jason Giambi from the Rockies bench. One pitch. 4-6-3 double play. Rally dead. Baseball game essentially over.
So the question I ask you now is the one I sarcastically (I think) asked on Twitter: How long before the Rockies ink Giambi to that next one-year contract?
Jeff Francis' Line: 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 78 pitches (53 strikes)
Speaking of one-year contracts, I'd give one to Jeff Francis in a heartbeat. Francis has shown he has plenty left in the tank to be an above average bottom of the rotation guy, and as we've seen repeatedly over the years, you can never have enough starting pitching depth in New York, Detroit, Atlanta, anywhere, and that's especially true in Colorado.
Bullpen's Line: 3 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Really could have used one of those lights out nights from the bullpen, but instead we got a shaky Carlos Torres (1 ER), a sputtering Josh Roenicke (1 ER) and the usual Josh Outman (2 ER).
Highlight of the Night: I'll give you two again this evening. The first...
And here's Dexter Fowler using his head...
What's Next: Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.65) vs. Matt Cain (14-5, 2.93) at 8:15 on Wednesday. We're going to lose again, and I'm thinking this one will be the 9-0 game where the Rockies don't get their first hit until the 8th inning.
Every time I think about how brutal these west coast meaningless late games are, I remind myself it's an hour later for @townie813. Brutal.
— David Martin (@RockiesReview) September 19, 2012