Rockies 5, Giants 12
Today I did something that I haven't done once yet this season. I turned off the baseball game because I literally could not take it anymore. I'm not a fair weather fan, and I almost never stop watching/listening when the playing is bad, because the more bad playing I watch and the more supportive I am when my team is slumming it, the most rewarded I feel when they play well. Or I'm just a glutton for punishment. Most Rockies fans are. But every now and then, I reach the end of my tolerance, and today was one of those days. I was listening to the game on the radio while getting some schoolwork done, and things were quickly going from bad to worse. I was pretty proud of myself for hanging in when the opposing pitcher hit a 2-run home run. When the Giants batted around in the 4th and Pablo Sandoval went deep for the second time in the INNING, I had had enough.
Of course, the worst was over, as I would later learn when I started following it again. But it was the worst of the worst. I don't know what Esmil Rogers was doing out on that mound. He lasted 3 2/3 innings and gave up 9 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. So every single runner he allowed on base scored. And it's not even like he was getting ahead in the count and then throwing mistake pitches. All 4 home runs the Giants hit off him came on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd pitch of the at-bat. He just had no movement. Everything was landing right over the plate belt-high. That's what we call a complete train wreck.
His replacement, Greg Reynolds, gave up that 2nd home run to the Panda. It was on the second pitch he threw and it came with 2 men on. And then he gave up a solo shot to Brandon Belt in the 5th.
Other pitchers were great, and I kind of wish any of them had started this game besides Rogers. I know why that wouldn't have worked, but really, I think we might have cobbled together a better game with 6 relievers pitching an inning or two apiece. That sounds like something Jim Tracy would be up for anyway, so why not?
I really want to hate on Ty Wigginton for grounding out to end the 1st with the bases loaded. But he did come up with an opposite-field RBI double in the 5th, the only decent inning the Rockies put together. Wiggy's hit was preceded by another opposite-field double, this one from Seth Smith, and followed by a line drive single up the middle from Chris Iannetta. Those were some quality pieces of hitting, and it was great to see them all in a row (interrupted by Kevin Kouzmanoff getting plunked in the back).
We should have seen that happen every inning that Matt Cain pitched, because he was totally out of control. Where Rogers was throwing gift pitches right down the middle, Cain couldn't have found the middle if the ball had a GPS on it. In 5 innings, he walked 4 batters, which is unheard of for a pitcher whose BB/9 rate is 2.25. (Rogers's, by comparison, is 4.92). A winning team takes advantage of a good pitcher having a bad day. The Rockies did it to Tim Lincecum back in May, but here in September they are a shell of their former selves.
I have no intelligent conclusions. I am tired of this team. I am ready for the the play-offs so I can cheer for someone else for a while and not feel bad about it. That is all.