Through their good times and bad early on this season, there's been one consistent theme for the Giants. They've been sloppy defensively, and on Monday that was a killer.
The Rockies scored five runs in the sixth, pushed along by a couple of defensive misplays from right fielder Alex Dickerson, and held on for a 7-6 victory. The Giants fell back a game under .500.
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Johnny Cueto entered with a 5-2 record and 3.26 ERA in eight career starts at Coors Field, which is rare, obviously. He had his longest start of the young season, going five innings for the first time and allowing three runs, two of which were earned.
Cueto was cruising along until Nolan Arenado did what he has always done, crushing an elevated fastball into the empty seats for a two-run homer.
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Same Old Nolan
Arenado entered the game with a .226 average and no homers, but he took Cueto halfway up the bleachers in left in the sixth inning. That was the last batter Cueto faced.
The homer was the 228th of Arenado's career, which moved him past Carlos Gonzalez and into fourth place on the franchise list. He has hit 227 of those against the Giants.
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The Giants hit some long homers on the 3-3 homestand and kept crushing on their first night in the best hitter's park around.
First career HR yesterday. Second career HR today. Chadwick Tromp 🔥 pic.twitter.com/TOVqXirdxK— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) August 4, 2020
Yaz is happy to be back at Coors 💪 pic.twitter.com/0xPhMZZyb9— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) August 4, 2020
Chadwick Tromp homered for the second straight day and red-hot Mike Yastrzemski hit his third in 11 games. The most impressive shot came from Dickerson, who one-handed a low slider over the right field wall. It was his second career homer off a lefty. Coors!