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The Giants offense is struggling, there is no doubt about that, but to take away from what Chad Bettis did on Monday would be a crime. Bettis threw the first complete game shutout for the Rockies in over a year and bested the Giants with a dazzling performance. A big inning for the Rockies was more than enough for Bettis and the Rockies handled the wild card leading Giants.
Anyone who has watched the past month of baseball for the Rockies has seen a trend. The Rockies compete and beat the best teams in the league while struggling against the bad teams. This is not based on the current performances of those teams, but rather their standing in the wild card and for some odd reason, the Rockies have played very well against the leaders in the league. This has made for some really great wins and some very disappointing losses since the second half, but it has not discouraged the Rockies.
Just as they have recently, the Rockies did really well against a good team. The Giants as a team have played really, really bad in the second half, but they still have players that can do damage and break out of slumps quickly. Chad Bettis didn’t pay that any mind as he took the Giants lineups and kept them down the whole game. Bettis allowed only two measly hits, a single and a double, and didn’t walk a single batter over nine terrific innings. It was easily the best game of Bettis’ career and perhaps the best performance by a Rockies pitcher this year.
The Rockies offense wasn’t terrific on Monday, but in the third inning they got all the offense they would need. A sloppy inning by Matt Moore put the Rockies in a prime position to break the game open and they did just that. Two walks to start the inning and a single set up a bases loaded situation for DJ LeMahieu in which he drove a ball to the outfield for a sac fly. All the batters advanced and the Giants elected to intentionally walk Arenado to bring Cargo up with the bases loaded. That would be a bad decision as Cargo launched a grand slam and the Rockies took a 5-0 lead. One more run would cross when Nick Hundley hit a homer to left. The Rockies offense wouldn’t do anything the rest of the game, but that wouldn’t matter as Bettis was just flat controlling.
The Rockies will try and win the series on Tuesday with Tyler Anderson on the mound. This game sets up well for the Rockies with the Giants offense doing as bad as they are and could mean a quick series win.