SAN FRANCISCO — There are many ways to lose a game at Coors Field, where breaking balls don’t break, pop-ups land in the seats, and the vast outfield encourages doubles and triples. A Brandon Crawford error was not the way the Giants expected to fall behind in the first of three games against the Rockies, though.
Crawford’s throwing error gave the Rockies a one-run lead in the seventh and they held on for a 5-2 win. The Giants managed just a couple of early runs a day after getting 16 hits at Chase Field. They also wasted a strong performance from Madison Bumgarner. Here are the details …
— Bumgarner entered the game with an average fastball velocity of 90.6 mph this season. It was 91.9 mph on 44 fastballs he threw Monday, with a season-high of 92.7 mph on one pitch. The thin air certainly helped, but still, it’s clear that his arm strength is coming back start by start. It’ll be interesting to see how much room there is left for growth.
— Bumgarner left Reyes Moronta in a hell of a pickle. The rookie entered with the bases loaded in the seventh, no outs, and Nolan Arenado at the plate. He walked Arenado to cut the lead to 2-1 and a double play tied it, but also helped avoid a catastrophe. The error ended up bringing a third run across.
— The best way to guarantee you’ll be in the lineup every day is to win over the starting staff, and Austin Slater certainly won Bumgarner over in his third start of the road trip. Slater made two impressive catches early on, including a diving stop of a liner with the bases loaded in the third. That one had a catch probability of just 62 percent and saved a pair of runs.
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Source: NBC Bay Area