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
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
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
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
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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)