Giants 7, Rockies 6: Bard suffers second loss in as many days

For the first time since Opening Day, the Colorado Rockies have a winning percentage below .500.

Monday night’s game was a Coors Field classic, with runs scored in eight of 18 halves. 20 combo hits were enough to ignite some ERAs.

San Francisco’s Mike Yastrzemski would have the last laugh in the top of the ninth. Cover your eyes, Rockies fans:

Daniel Bard came into tonight’s game looking to avenge a failed save from Sunday. He left tonight’s game with his second straight loss, a 4.05 ERA and a greater threat of Tyler Kinley returning to his closest duties.

Other than a swing, Bard was great.

The result is humiliating and scary at the same time.

A baseball game is nine innings work, and Bard’s outing was far from the worst of the night. The Rockies were forced to put together seven innings of bullpen work with the best taxed relievers from the previous day.

The result: seven earned runs in seven relief executives.

Senzatela shines through two, comes out with a sore back.

Antonio Senzatela lowered his already formidable home ERA tonight, although his start was cut short much sooner than he would have hoped. He faced eight batters in two frames, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three.

He was taken out of the game on his third-inning warm-up pitches, meaning reliever Ty Blach had unlimited time to prepare on the game mound. (It’s a far cry from the standard comfort of a paddock warm-up).

The giants take advantage of the medium relief

Blach’s first batter of the night was enough to make you wonder if the warm-up from the game mound was disorienting: Curt Casali immediately hit left.

Last line of Blach: 3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 BB, 2 HR.

A positive point of Blach’s exposure: he retained a bit of the relief core of the Rocky Mountains. With Bard and Kinley used on Sunday, Blach served as the bridge to reach the five-inning mark.

This is the seventh round that really left a mark though. Ashton Goudeau threw a sixth hit but left back-to-back hits on base to start the seventh. Lucas Gilbreath would take over, immediately walked a batter and an error from third baseman Ryan McMahon would give the Giants an eventual 5-4 lead.

Yastrzemski would then cash in one more on a sacrificial fly, scoring Goudeau’s two points.

The Rockies take out the bats in fifth, sixth and seventh

After a first-inning RBI single by Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies would stay off the scoreboard until Yonathan Daza, Charlie Blackmon and CJ Cron came big in the fifth. Three consecutive hits would score two points.

It didn’t take long for the Rockies to respond again, though Ryan McMahon’s sixth-inning homer to tie the game was quickly denied by his base-laden mistake in the seventh.

Cron launched a seventh-inning attack with a one-out single, conceding Daza to make it a 5-6 game, and the Order’s hearts remained warm. It was then time for baseball at its best: Ryan McMahon equaled it again.

The game gives, takes away and gives:

On his locker post-game, McMahon was tough on his own defense, as reported by Patrick Lyons of DNVR. McMahon would add a 16.6% win chance on offense though, so he certainly responded effectively.

Alex Colomé launches an eighth that gives momentum

It was 6-6 when Rockies trainer Alex Colomé came on for the eighth. He allowed a hit and threw an otherwise scoreless frame, lowering his ERA to 4.76. In a night without a big enclosure so to speak, Colomé’s step forward should not be overlooked.

Yastrzemski goes to the second bridge; Doval closes it

104.3 MPH off the bat from Yastrzemski, and a slider from Daniel Bard would turn into a 7-6 lead for the Giants to close in on Camilo Doval to preserve. That’s exactly what he did, leaving a walk at first base, closing it with a flyout, a strikeout and a groundout.


Colorado will look to even the series on Tuesday night, with top player Chad Kuhl back on the hill against Giants starter Alex Cobb. Let’s not forget last Wednesday, though: In an identical throwing match, Cobb went out strongly at the top. He threw 5 13 innings of one-run action while Kuhl allowed five earned runs in 4 13.

We’ll meet again Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. MDT — and bullpen hero Tyler Kinley should be available.

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