For the third straight day, the San Francisco Giants blew a late lead and were swept by the Colorado Rockies this weekend, losing 5-4 on this Father's Day. The Giants were swept for the first time this season and finish the homestand with a 4-6 record.
Coming into the series, the Rockies were 0-24 when trailing after seven innings and the Giants usually dependable bullpen had its struggles this weekend. The bullpen went 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA in 11 innings and the Giants are 4-7 against the Rockies this year. They are 16-5 in series finales, 13-12 in one-run games, 19-8 in day games and 30-8 when scoring first.
Buster Posey left the game in the bottom of the fourth after taking a foul ball off his mask and was replaced by Hector Sanchez. Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval delivered back-to-back home runs in the fourth and it was the second time this year the Giants went deep twice in a row. Sanchez produced his second career pinch-hit home run. Madison Bumgarner recorded his second homer of the year and both have been against the Rockies. It was his fourth career home run and third versus the Rockies. The San Francisco era record for home runs in a season by a pitcher is held by Don Robinson, who homered three times back in 1989. It was the seventh time this year the Giants smacked at least three homers in a game. The Giants rank second in the National League with 74 homers.
Giants reliever Juan Gutierrez allowed a run at home for the first time this season during the top of the eighth and the Giants really lost this game in the first four innings. They stranded nine runners during the first four innings and 12 overall in the game. Angel Pagan was a late scratch from the lineup with lower back stiffness.
The Giants made a roster move after the loss by activating Santiago Casilla from the DL and optioning George Kontos to Triple-A Fresno. The 43-27 Giants have Monday off before beginning a five-game road trip Tuesday night in Chicago against the White Sox.
Sunday marked the 30th birthday for Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.
Lastly, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting the Giants are showing strong interest in Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who is 2-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 14 starts this year.
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