Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
Giants 3, Rockies 2
2005-05-19 13:40
by Mark T.R. Donohue

I've resisted writing about this one until the next game has already started, a sign of my increasing frustration with the young Rockies' rare ability to punt winnable ballgames. After jumping right ahead on starter Brad Hennessey in the bottom of the first on hits by Aaron Miles, Todd Helton, and Brad Hawpe, Colorado went completely into the Funk Zone, getting themselves out repeatedly on weakly hit first and second pitches. Clint Barmes saw his hitting streak come to an end at 12 and no one else looked particularly good save Miles (3 for 5, three singles), Hawpe, and Garrett Atkins (both 2 for 4). Atkins is really heating up both offensively and defensively.

Shawn Chacon had perhaps his best start of the year, giving up only two solo homers (to Mike Matheny and Pedro Feliz) and walking nobody in seven innings. Hennessey lasted 6 2/3 and gave up seven hits and three walks. The failure to score anything in the last eight innings of the game lies entirely on the Rockies' offense, such as it is. Brian Fuentes took the loss after allowing a pinch-hit triple to Deivi Cruz in the top of the ninth, but the game never should have been within reach for San Francisco.

One positive to mention before I put this one behind me for good: Cory Sullivan made an unbelievable peg to get Cruz at the plate in the ninth. Even if we get nothing in a Preston Wilson trade, the club is going to benefit from being able to play this guy in the outfield every day. He already has a base hit in today's game, too.

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