The forest green seats, the iconic Coke bottle and ball and glove in left field, the picturesque bay in the background -- all have been gracious toward California native Ricky Nolasco during his 10-year tenure in the majors.
If Sunday was any indication, Nolasco's worn out his welcome at AT&T Park.
Completing a three-game, interleague sweep, the Giants roughed up Nolasco for a season-high seven earned runs on nine hits in Minnesota's 8-1 loss at San Francisco. In six previous starts there, he'd compiled a 2.55 ERA and a 4-1 record in 42 1/3 innings pitched -- tying the hefty righthander's best win-loss mark in any away ballpark.
But Nolasco lasted just 4 2/3 frames, surrendering an RBI single and a sacrifice fly in the first and a three-run Michael Morse double in the fifth that allowed the Giants to break things open.
"It was a battle for him," manager Ron Gardenhire said of Nolasco. "It wasn't the best performance for him."
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