And then the game started.
The numbers were on the Giants’ side for this game, and there was nothing the Rockies could do to prevent their third consecutive loss. The Rockies were outhit, outpitched and outplayed in all three games. There is a good chance the Giants have May 16, 17, 18 and 19 circled on their calendar. That’s when they’ll play the Rockies again.
Here is some of the math to come out of Wednesday’s (alleged) contest.
16 — The number of consecutive games the Giants have now won when Barry Zito pitches
3 — How many batters the Giants needed to take the lead in Wednesday’s game
2 — The number of hits that Zito had against Rockies pitchers on Wednesday
1 — Zito’s total number of career multi-hit games
.105 — Zito’s career batting average
5/11 — the last time (month and year) that the Rockies won a series against the Giants
6/10 — the last time the Rockies won a series in San Francisco
.174 — Rockies’ batting average with runners in scoring position (4 for 23) in series
.365 — Giants’ batting average during the three-game series
.181 — Rockies’ batting average for the series (17 for 94)
3.86 — ERA of Giants’ starting pitchers in the three games
7.82 — The ERA of Rockies’ starters during the series
4.74 — ERA of Rockies’ relief pitchers in the three games
0.00 — ERA of Giants’ relief pitchers during the same stretch
The numbers don’t lie. The Rockies were never in this one. Even in those few moments when the Rockies did have the lead, everyone could sense that it was just a matter of time before the Giants came back. After all, habits are hard to break.