The San Francisco Giants lost 9-6, or 6-9 if you’re into the whole niceness thing. And I’m not going to lie to you: I’m not really sure it happened.
No, I didn’t take the day off. And no, my eyeballs didn’t stop working, even if they developed the requisite allergy-like symptoms that come from watching Coors Field baseball two days in a row.
I watched the whole dang thing and I’m just not really sure what happened. It was subtle. You could tell the Rockies — and the ballpark, specifically — had done this before.
The Giants bat around the order in the first inning, putting up 4 runs in the process, and I allowed myself to forget that Tuesday night’s game had ended before Wednesday’s began. The lead stretched to 6-1, and I just kind of figured oh yeah, cool, they’re gonna win.
As the Rockies started to creep back into the game, I subconsciously started remembering that the game was at Coors Field, the rigged slot machine of bats and balls. It was a frog in hot water situation; I never really realized what was happening. It just happened and it felt normal, and by the time the Rockies caught up my thought process had shifted from oh yeah, cool, they’re gonna win to oh yeah, hmm, they’re gonna lose.
I have no memory of how I got here from there.
Let’s start with the good stuff.
Alex Dickerson was rewarded with a rare start against a left-handed hitter. I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing it had something to do with the whole going 5-6 with 3 home runs and 2 doubles thing on Tuesday.
Like Austin Slater when he began to get starts against righties, Dickerson rewarded Gabe Kapler for the decision, going 2-5 with a double.
But Mike Yastrzemski had the mightiest hit of the day, a solo home run in the first inning that got things started.
Here we go again. #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/J9ATKlF7ac— SFGiants (@SFGiants) September 2, 2020
Yaz showed off his diverse skillset a few innings later, when a blooper found some grass for an RBI single. Get you someone who can do both.
Wilmer Flores had one of the worst defensive plays of the season, which is really, really, really saying something for the Giants. He caught what should have been a successful pickoff attempt, and in his rush to throw the ball to second base managed to throw the 50-foot pass about 20 feet too high, allowing Trevor Story to not only avoid the out, but take third as well.
Flores was determined to get the out back, which leads to making bad plays 99 times out of 100. But he found the one exception!
Wilmer Flores saves a run pic.twitter.com/LeTqI8dWLM— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) September 2, 2020
It was ultimately meaningless, but fun.
Daniel Robertson made his first start with the Giants and went 2-3 with a walk. He looked good at the plate, and didn’t do anything bad with his glove. I’ll take it. We’ll all take it.
Now to the bad stuff. Logan Webb wasn’t great, but he was certainly better than the 4 earned runs in 5.1 innings would suggest. That, my friends, is the Coors Field curse, which was compounded by two of the runners he left for his bullpen to inherit scoring.
Tyler Rogers, who has been so good lately, gave up 3 hits — including a home run — in his inning. He also gave up the go-ahead triple to former Giant Kevin Pillar.
And finally, Sam Coonrod — who took the loss — gave up 3 earned runs without recording an out. No one will be standing for that performance.