Giants lose fifth in a row; Rockies Freeland goes six to beat SF 5-1

June 17, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants first baseman Buster Posey checks the scoreboard as he returns to the dugout after retiring the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Jeremy Kahn

Once again, the San Francisco Giants seemed to run into a pitcher wearing a Colorado Rockies uniform and they looked like Cy Young.

Kyle Freeland pitched six strong innings, helping the Rockies defeated the Giants 5-1 at Coors Field.

With the victory, the Rockies have won eight straight versus the Giants this season and are now 9-1 against them this season.

Matt Cain saw his record on the season fall to 3-6, as he last won on May 15 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park.

Overall, the Giants tailspin in the National League West keeps going and going, as they have lost five in a row and 14 of their 18.

The Giants are now 18 games under .500, and are currently 18.5 games behind the Rockies in the National League West.

The lone bright spot for the Giants on Saturday afternoon was Joe Panik, who picked up three hits and was denied a fourth hit, when he lined into a double play to Mark Reynolds, who tagged first to get Kelby Tomlinson to end the game.

Nolan Arenado gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he singled with two outs. Both Pat Valaika and Tony Wolters each added two-out singles in the bottom of the seventh inning to stretch the Rockies lead up to 5-1. Between the two teams, all six runs were scored with two outs.

NOTES: Denver native Ty Blach makes his first start against the Rockies, and his fifth overall appearance. The Rockies will send Tyler Chatwood to the mound in the series finale, as he makes his third start of the season against the Giants.

Madison Bumgarner threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session in Arizona, and will throw another session later this week.


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