This was going to be the Giants' toughest trip of the year because of what's after Denver, a couple of series with the Dodgers and Astros. But the Rockies haven't provided any sort of cushion to kick things off.
For a second straight night the Giants played poor defense, this time making three errors, and they had no answers for hard-throwing right-hander German Marquez. The Giants lost 5-2 to the Rockies, falling to 0-2 on the road trip and 5-7 on the year.
Here are three things to know from a very non-Coors night at Coors Field ...
Kevin Gausman was born in Aurora, Colorado, and he grew up in the state. But this was an odd return home, with no friends or family members able to attend.
Gausman had a typical Coors night, pitching pretty well but allowing four earned in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and showed a fastball that was overpowering at times. Gausman hit 97 with 10 pitches and averaged 95 mph with his four-seamer.
It's been a weird start to the year for Gausman, signed to a one-year deal in December. The stuff has been good, and he has 17 strikeouts. But he also has allowed 17 hits in 13 2/3 innings, along with nine earned runs.
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We haven't seen a lot of Tony Watson, who pitched just twice over the first 11 games after dealing with a shoulder issue in spring training and into the summer. The veteran left-hander came on in the sixth with the Giants down a pair and a runner on second with one out.
Watson was the first reliever to come in after Gausman, and he certainly did his job, getting Sam Hilliard to ground out before striking out Chris Owings.
Maybe Gabe Kapler just wanted to get him some work, but that's still a long way from the ninth inning, or even the eighth with a lead.
Tyler Heineman got called for his third catcher's interference in seven starts, which is bizarre, and is also a lot. After the second one last week, Kapler got ahead of the question before reporter's could ask. Kapler said the staff asked Heineman to move up so that he could better frame pitches for big 12-6 breaking ball guys, but that shouldn't have been the case Tuesday with Gausman on the mound.
Instead of having one out and runners on the corners in the fourth inning, Gausman had the bases loaded with no outs. He ended up giving up a pair of runs.