Rockies struggles continue against the Giants at AT&T Park, get shut out back-to-back nights – The Denver Post


SAN FRANCISCO — At the risk of mangling a Tony Bennett classic, “The Rockies left their offense in Colorado.”

As a consequence, they no longer lead the National League West.

The Giants blanked them 3-0 on Saturday night at AT&T Park, the second game in the row the Rockies failed to score a run here. Once again, the Rockies had numerous chances to score. Once again, they lacked the key hit in the key moment.

The Rockies held first place in the NL West for 11 consecutive games, but now they’re back in an old, familiar place — chasing the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles won its third consecutive game at St. Louis on Saturday, routing the Cardinals 17-4. The Dodgers (82-67) hold a half-game lead over the Rockies (81-67) and a four-game lead over Arizona (78-71), which lost 10-4 at Houston.

The Rockies open a critical three-game series at L.A. on Monday, followed by a three-game series vs. the Diamondbacks at Arizona next weekend.

Though Colorado had just seven hits all night, it had legitimate scoring opportunities against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner but could never break him. In the fourth inning, Trevor Story reached on an infield single and Matt Holliday drew a walk, but Ian Desmond grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The scenario repeated itself in the fifth. Starting pitcher German Marquez, a Silver Slugger candidate, singled to left, and Charlie Blackmon followed with a single up the middle. But DJ LeMahieu hit a chopper to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who started another inning-ending double play.

The Rockies finished the night batting 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Their  frustrating tendency to waste scoring opportunities has haunted them all season, and those empty at-bats cursed them again Saturday night.

Colorado has a .258 average with runners in scoring position, the fifth-worst mark in franchise history. Even worse, the Rockies’ .220 batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position is the worst mark in franchise history. Saturday night, they were 0-for-5 in those situations. Last season, by contrast, the Rockies hit .284 with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Marquez didn’t pitch poorly, and he notched his 10th consecutive quality start. But the young right-hander certainly didn’t have the ace-like stuff he has flashed through much of the second half of the season. But he did battle, giving Colorado six innings of work, giving up three runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts and one walk.

Marquez fell to 0-3 with a 6.33 ERA in four career starts vs. the Giants.

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