Posted September 11, 2013 on
AP on Fox
San Francisco Giants
Matt Belisle is trying to work his way out of his latest funk. He isn't quite there just yet.
Belisle allowed five of his first six hitters to reach in the eighth inning, costing the Colorado Rockies the lead and eventually the game in a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
''He's just going through a tough spot right now,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. ''He's not getting away with anything right now. He needs a couple of good outings to get his confidence back.''
Belisle has allowed at least one run in each of his last six appearances. The veteran right-hander is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his last three outings.
''Something is going on because a lot of hits are falling right now,'' Belisle said. ''I try not to break it down too much or over analyze it. It's not that easy to get hits but against me it sure seems like that right now.''
Belisle (5-7) has made 321 relief appearances since his last start with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008. He's been strictly a bullpen guy with the Rockies.
''Maybe I am too predictable,'' he said. ''Maybe I'm flying open and it's a flaw. But I'm grinding away at it. I'm not letting this get to me.''
Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt hit consecutive RBI singles in the eighth for San Francisco, which has won three of four. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence each drove in a run.
Nolan Arenado had two hits and two RBIs for the Rockies. Michael Cuddyer added three hits and went 7 for 13 in the series.
''In the past three years I've seen the ball well here,'' Cuddyer said. ''I've felt comfortable in the box and when I'm getting pitches to hit, I don't miss them.''
Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings in his first start since he almost threw a perfect game against Arizona before settling for a one-hitter. He gave up three runs and six hits with two walks.
''The Rockies came out singing and got their timing against me in the later innings,'' Petit said.
Petit retired his first 11 batters before walking Corey Dickerson in the fourth. Dickerson raced over to third on Cuddyer's base hit and scored on Arenado's single, tying it at 1.
Colorado added two more in the sixth on RBI singles by Arenado and Charlie Culberson, making it 3-1.
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio was in line for the win before San Francisco rallied. He held the Giants to one run and five hits in five innings.
The Giants left the bases loaded twice, once with two outs in the second and once with one out in the fifth.
San Francisco pulled within one in the seventh, taking advantage of a bout of wildness from Josh Outman. The lefty walked the bases loaded with no outs, and Pence hit a sacrifice fly against Adam Ottavino.
The Giants had a chance for more, but Sandoval and Hector Sanchez grounded out to end the inning.
NOTES: The Rockies will start RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.17 ERA) in their series opener at Arizona on Thursday. ... Nicasio has allowed three earned runs in his last 22 innings against the Giants. ... Belisle needed 36 pitches to get through the eighth, the most by any Rockies reliever in an inning this season. ... Cuddyer hit .400 (14 for 35) with three home runs, 10 RBIs and eight runs scored at AT&T Park this year.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Matt Belisle has earned the right to struggle for the Rockies.The Colorado Rockies once again blew a late-inning lead on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco. Matt Belisle, once their most steady reliever, has felt the the overuse of the past three seasons finally catch up to his arm.This has been no secret. Belisle's velocity has been down, his slider flat, and his ability to...
Michael Cuddyer plays the game the right way.A home run to deep left-center field at AT&T Park in San Francisco late at night is a home run in any park in baseball.Michael Cuddyer's second home run of the night came in the 9th inning off of Giants closer Sergio Romo. The home run ended a see-saw battle between the Colorado Rockies and the Giants after the home team built...
The more creative MLB teams get with rookie hazing, the less clothing the rookies seem to be wearing. The Colorado Rockies gave their greenhorns the Chippendales dancer treatment on Wednesday night. As you can see from the photo above that veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez shared on Instagram, the rookies proudly strapped on their bowties and […]
Here we are, folks: the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is...
Thanks to the Colorado Rockies social media folks who unveiled a pretty fantastic secret talent that the Rockies’ infielder possesses. The man is a human beat box, and he has the video to prove it. Not too shabby.
No seriously, Google "Ryan Wheeler Beat Box" and you'll be amazed.
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 11, 2013
Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
This is the sixth edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. Next up: the Colorado Rockies.
Dare I say it, but the Rockies had a better season than any of us here at TOC expected in 2013...to an extent...
Michael Cuddyer couldn't remember ever putting a ball in play against Sergio Romo.
That is, until Tuesday night.
Cuddyer worked the count and hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning to go with his three-run shot in the fifth, and the Colorado Rockies rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8.
''I don't usually sniff...
Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa made his earliest exit in five years last night, leaving his start against the San Francisco Giants after only two innings. The veteran was lifted due to soreness in his thumb, index and middle fingers, and the status of his next start is unknown at this time, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
De La Rosa has been hampered...
Video: Rockies infielder does "Doug" theme
A long strange Tuesday night began with a rare collapse by aching starter Jorge De La Rosa saw the Rockies stage an improbable rally lose the lead then come back — again — to beat the Giants 9-8.
The telling blow was a leadoff ninth-inning solo homer by Michael Cuddyer into the left-field bleachers off Sergio Romo. It was Cuddyer's second homer of the night coming on the...