Rockies: A Whole Lot of Nothing by the Bay

The Rockies arrived at AT&T Park on Friday afternoon, scheduled to play the Giants.

The Giants had lost their 11 previous games, the longest losing streak for the franchise since it moved from New York to San Francisco in 1958, one game shy of the longest losing streak for the franchise since the creation of Major League Baseball in 1901.

That was the hint.

The Rockies never have had much fun in San Francisco. And they showed up just in time to face a Giants team that was due to win a game.

And the Giants did. Chris Stratton pitched the Giants’ first complete game of the season, a two-hit shutout. Same Chris Stratton, who in his four previous career starts against the Rockies had a 9.16 ERA, allowing 19 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings on 35 hits, four of them home runs, and seven walks.

Stratton became the 13th NL pitcher to pitch a complete game this season.

From Start to Finish

Player Team W L GS CG
Mike Foltynewicz Atl 11 9 28 2
Max Scherzer Was 17 7 31 2
Jameson Taillon Pit 13 9 29 2
Homer Bailey Cin 1 14 20 1
Clay Buchholz Ari 7 2 16 1
Patrick Corbin Ari 11 5 30 1
Jacob deGrom NYM 8 9 29 1
Cole Hamels ChC 4 0 9 1
Miles Mikolas StL 15 4 29 1
Chris Stratton SF 10 9 24 1
Noah Syndergaard NYM 12 3 22 1
Jose Urena Mia 6 12 28 1
Trevor Williams Pit 12 9 28 1

Surprised?

Don’t be.

The Giants were due to win a game. Good years, bad years, in 118 years of play, the Giants have lost more than 11 games in a row only twice — 13 in a row in both 1902 and 1944.

All Bad Things Come to an End

Tm Start End Losses RS RA Rdiff
NYG 6/23/1902 7/5/1902 13 25 76 -51
NYG 8/9/1944 8/19/1944 13 36 91 -55
NYG 4/19/1951 4/29/1951 11 40 71 -31
NYG 6/24/1902 7/5/1902 11 23 61 -38
SFG 9/1/2018 9/12/2018 11 26 50 -24
NYG 5/22/1902 6/3/1902 11 16 55 -39
NYG 9/11/1940 9/19/1940 11 40 71 -31

The shutout was the 17th complete-game shuout in MLB this year, only the sixth in the NL. It was the first by an NL pitcher since Mike Foltynewicz of the Braves shut out the Nationals on two hits June 1, and only the third in either league since Andrew Heaney of the Angels one-hit the Royals on June 5.

Nine Innings of Nothing

Player Date Tm Opp H R ER HR BB SO
Jose Berrios 4/1/2018 Min Bal 3 0 0 0 1 6
Jameson Taillon 4/8/2018 Pit Cin 1 0 0 0 2 7
Max Scherzer 4/9/2018 Was Atl 2 0 0 0 0 10
Patrick Corbin 4/17/2018 Ari SF 1 0 0 0 1 8
Sean Manaea 4/21/2018 Oak Bos 0 0 0 0 2 10
Mike Clevinger 4/21/2018 Cle Bal 2 0 0 0 2 3
Luis Severino 5/2/2018 NYY Hou 5 0 0 0 1 10
Gerrit Cole 5/4/2018 Hou Ari 1 0 0 0 1 16
James Paxton 5/8/2018 Sea Tor 0 0 0 0 3 7
Justin Verlander 5/16/2018 Hou LAA 5 0 0 0 1 7
Miles Mikolas 5/21/2018 StL KC 4 0 0 0 1 9
Daniel Mengden 5/26/2018 Oak Ari 2 0 0 0 0 5
Mike Foltynewicz 6/1/2018 Atl Was 2 0 0 0 1 11
Andrew Heaney 6/5/2018 LAA KC 1 0 0 0 1 4
Masahiro Tanaka 7/24/2018 NYY TB 3 0 0 0 1 9
Corey Kluber 8/4/2018 Cle LAA 3 0 0 0 1 7
Chris Stratton 9/14/2018 SF Col 2 0 0 0 2 7

Stuff happens. Rockies fans who lived through the early years will never forget that nightmarish stretch in late July, early August of 1993, the Rockies inaugural season. They suffered what remains a club record 13-game losing streak. The final two losses came when they were swept in a Friday night doubleheader by the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium, which was played because the Chargers had an exhibition game in the stadium on Saturday. That’s the same Padres who finished behind the Rockies in the NL West standings that year.

The Rockies spent Saturday hanging around in San Diego, and then all day Sunday because the final game of the series had to be a night game to allow time for the grounds crew to complete the transformation back from a football game to a baseball game.

And what happened that Sunday night? The Rockies snapped their 13-game losing streak behind Mo Sanford, who picked up one of his two victories in a career that included brief appearances in the big leagues with the Reds (1991), Rockies (1993) and Twins (1995) in which he was 2-4 with a 4.81 ERA, making 11 starts among his 27 appearances.

It got better. The Rockies then went to Los Angeles and swept a four-game series from the Dodgers, lowering the team ERA in mid-August from 5.48 to 4.84, allowing seven earned runs in 38 innings.

A Rockies Rebound

1993 Opponent Score LOB Winner Loser Save
July 25 StL 4-5 12 O.Olivares G.Wayne L.Guetterman
July 26 Atl 7-12 6 G.Maddux C.Leskanic
July 27 Atl 5-10 6 J.Smoltz A.Reynoso
July 28 Atl 2-3 7 M.Wohlers S.Reed G.McMichael
July 30 SF 4-10 9 G.Brummett G.Harris
July 31 SF 3-4 5 B.Swift K.Bottenfield R.Beck
Aug. 1 SF 5-6 6 J.Burkett A.Reynoso R.Beck
Aug. 2 @Cin 2-6 11 T.Pugh W.Blair
Aug. 3 @Cin 4-5 9 J.Spradlin C.Leskanic
Aug. 4 @Cin 3-9 4 J.Roper G.Harris
Aug. 5 @Cin 4-11 5 J.Rijo K.Bottenfield
Aug. 6 (1) @SD 3-6 15 A.Benes A.Reynoso T.Hoffman
Game 2 @SD 2-6 11 S.Sanders W.Blair
Aug. 8 @SD 5-2 7 M.Sanford D.Brocail D.Holmes
Aug. 9 @LA 3-2 (11) 10 S.Reed J.Gott D.Holmes
Aug. 10 @LA 4-2 4 K.Bottenfield P.Astacio
Aug. 11 @LA 3-2 5 A.Reynoso R.Martinez S.Reed
Aug. 12 @LA 4-1 7 W.Blair O.Hershiser

On the subject of the Dodgers, after the Rockies loss and their win in St. Louis on Friday night, the Dodgers were a half-game back of the NL West-leading Rockies. But even they have their headaches. After taking two of three from the Rockies at Coors Field last weekend, the Dodgers went to Cincinnati, where they not only lost two out of three to the last-place Reds, but saw their season losing streak against the Reds extended to six games before the Dodgers won the final game of the seven-game season series on Thursday.

Go Figure (Dodgers vs. Reds 2018)

Date H/R Score Winner Loser Save
5/10/2018 Home 1-4 T.Mahle W.Buehler R.Iglesias
5/11/2018 Home 2-6 A.Brice K.Maeda R.Iglesias
5/12/2018 Home 3-5 H.Bailey J.Chargois J.Hughes
5/13/2018 Home 3-5 L.Castillo R.Hill R.Iglesias
9/10/2018 Road 6-10 J.Hughes A.Wood
9/11/2018 Road 1-3 L.Castillo H.Ryu R.Iglesias
9/12/2018 Road 8-1 C.Ferguson A.DeSclafani
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