Rockies fall to Giants in series finale, but Michael Cuddyer injury not serious
The Denver Post
SAN FRANCISCO — Last season, the Rockies clumsy visits to AT&T Park created a feeling of inadequacy. This year, the Rockies exited the Giants’ home as victims of a pair of teeth-gnashing losses — and with a concerning injury.
Michael Cuddyer, the catalyst in Friday’s victory, exited with an aching right forearm after getting struck by a pitch. It was symbolic of a painful 7-3 defeat Sunday that featured a dropped pop up and a battery of stranded runners.
X-Rays were negative on Cuddyer’s arm, creating optimism that he won’t miss much time after just returning from the disabled list on Friday.
After the Rockies let Matt Cain squirm out of trouble, the Giants were gone with the, um, wind, a gift-wrapped popup lost by second baseman DJ LeMahieu, providing the platform for San Francisco’s three-run fifth inning.
With two outs in the fifth and Jon Garland needing a lift, Hunter Pence skied a ball high above the bay. LeMahieu never had a good read on it. Fighting the sun and wind, LeMahieu watched helpless as the ball dropped behind him. Of course, the Giants capitalized. Brandon Belt followed with a laser over center fielder Dexter Fowler’s head. Andres Torres’ double made it 5-2.
Garland was slightly better than his previous starts, allowing two earned runs in five innings on a season-high 102 pitches.
Not knocking out Cain haunted the Rockies. He won despite a five-and-dive performance.
Each pitch was a snippet of vulnerability in the first inning. Cain, one of the National League’s best pitchers for five years, didn’t have it. He walked the bases loaded in the first, allowed a two-run double to Cuddyer. He needed 38 pitches to record three outs. But it was didn’t happen that left a gnawing feeling in the Rockies’ dugout.
Cain issued five walks in two innings, and was down by just two runs, conjuring images of Wade Miley’s rabbit-in-a-hat routine on April 27 at Chase Field. Todd Helton struck out on a high fastball in the first, stranding runners, Carlos Gonzalez fanned in the second with runners in scoring position.
The Rockies will try to salvage the road trip in Houston, where they play a two-game series against the American League’s worst team.
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