Giants Three Hit, Losses Opener
The San Francisco Giants came into the series hoping to repeat a sweep of the Colorado Rockies, however those hopes were crushed on the first day as the suspect offense of the Giants was exploited by Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood and three other pitchers who held the lineup to only three hits and gave his team a 3-0 win.
It was the second fewest hits the Giants accumulated all season. The most came in April when the Cincinnati Reds held them to two hits.
Chatwood only pitched five innings, so the Rockie relief deserves a lot of credit as well. Adam Ottavino came in the sixth inning and pitched two innings without giving up a hit. Those were important innings, as the Rockies were only up by two at the time and the game was still up for grabs. He did give up two walks. Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt came into close it out.
Brandon Crawford was the only Giant that was on his game Friday night. With three hits from the entire lineup, he came up with two of them. he was stranded on base both times. He also provided the best scoring opportunity of the night. He singled and moved Ryan Theriot from first to third. The pitcher Tim Lincecum however struck out next to end the inning.
Lincecum had another good game despite the loss. He gave up six hits in seven innings. He was responsible for all three runs, and all of them were earned.
The Giants and the Rockies play again Saturday in game two of the three game series. Matt Cain (10-5) will take on Rockie starter Drew Pomeranz (1-6). It is a game day, and will start at 1:05 PT.