SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when you thought the Giants' season couldn't get any more galling, they staged a thoroughly horrific homecoming Monday night against the worst road team in the major leagues.
Following up Sunday's nightmare in Washington, when they turned a 6-2 lead into a 14-6 defeat, the Giants dropped an excruciating 3-2 loss to the injury-riddled Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park that just might have been worse.
San Francisco committed four errors, hit into four double plays, and hard-luck starter Jake Peavy committed a run-scoring balk that effectively handed the Rockies, who are without Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and several other key players, just their 19th road victory against 44 losses.
For good measure, manager Bruce Bochy was tossed in the eighth inning by home plate umpire Doug Eddings for shouting something from the dugout after Buster Posey took a called third strike on a decidedly low pitch. Bochy was so disgusted, he kicked dirt on home plate after going nose to nose with Eddings.
"Obviously, I didn't like it," Bochy said. "That's why I wasn't around to watch the end of the game."
Bochy and the Giants should be kicking some dirt over this loss. Eddings had a shaky night, to be sure, but the Giants had no one to blame but themselves for this defeat. They could muster just two runs in seven innings against Colorado starter Tyler Matzek, who came into the game with a 2-9 record, a 5.38 ERA and zero victories in seven previous road starts. Moreover, the Giants had at least one base runner in every inning but could score only single runs in each of the first two.
"I think we all feel like we had this one in our grasp and weren't as sharp as we normally are," said Posey.
That was an understatement. If the Giants can't beat the beat-up Rockies at home, how can they be expected to beat the better teams down the stretch?
"We've got to beat everybody," said Peavy. "But we've just got to play better baseball all the way around. We had some chances to win that game, and we've all got to do more, starting with me."
On this night, despite his throwing error and balk, Peavy did enough. He allowed just one earned run over seven innings despite some touchy moments of his own with Eddings in the seventh inning.
But the game got off on the wrong foot from the outset. Second baseman Joe Panik threw wide of first base on the first batter of the game, Charlie Blackmon, for the first of the four errors. Peavy committed the second, throwing a wild pickoff with Blackmon on second, who subsequently scored on a sacrifice fly.
Then in the third inning, shortstop Brandon Crawford committed his 19th and 20th errors of the season on consecutive batters, which Colorado converted into two runs that ultimately proved the difference. Crawford, who also went 0 for 4, now leads all major league shortstops with his 20 miscues.
" We just played sloppy all the way around," Crawford said. "We didn't play good defense -- I can't remember the last time we made four errors. We didn't get a guy in from third with one out -- stuff like that will lose you games."
The Giants did survive a dodgy top of the seventh to keep things close. With two out and nobody on, D.J. LeMahieu singled and Matzek worked a walk, although an enraged Peavy thought he'd struck out the pitcher on an offering that was called ball three, and he gave Eddings an earful.
"I'm an emotional guy, and it's all directed at wanting to win," Peavy said. "Doug's been around a long time, and he's a really good umpire. I just asked him to look at those pitches, and I thought they were there."
Blackmon singled to right, and Eddings called LeMahieu safe at home even though Hunter Pence threw an on-target bullet to Susac at home plate. The Giants challenged the call, however, and it was reversed on replay. But they still couldn't take advantage over the final three innings.
Colorado (Jorge De La Rosa 13-8) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner 14-9), 7:15 p.m. CSNBA