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DENVER -- There were no long faces in the visiting clubhouse at Coors Field, possibly because everyone was too tired to focus too much on what had just happened.
The Giants lost for the first time in nine days and failed to get their first nine-game winning streak in 11 years, but afterward Bruce Bochy focused on the positive. "It was a good run," he said. "You hate for it to end, and the guys have been playing well."
The Giants had scored 51 runs in their five previous road games but managed just three against call-up David Hale and the Rockies bullpen. They were left wondering what could have been, and wondering if they should have had five.
The first big play came when Nori Aoki singled to right with two on and two outs in the fifth. Carlos Gonzalez has a rifle for an arm in right and he made a perfect throw to the plate. Casey McGehee, the second runner, was initially ruled safe but a review showed that McGehee's foot came up before it reached the plate and he was tagged out.
"That's a pretty hard surface," McGehee said. "I hit and when I hit I went back instead of keeping the foot down. Two outs, two strikes, I felt I got a good jump. The only thing I could have done different is if I could have somehow got the foot down. You tip your hat. He threw a one-hopper right on the money."
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The Giants lost a run by a couple inches, but this is Coors, so they still had a shot to tie it in the ninth. Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff single to left and stole second. Then, when Angel Pagan flied out to center, Blanco inexplicably took off for third. The Giants were down two and his run didn't immediately matter, and when Nolan Arenado stood still as the ball approached the bag, Blanco compounded the mistake by going in standing up. He was thrown out.
"That's a mental mistake there," Bochy said. "There's no reason to tag and no reason not to slide. Gregor has been doing a nice job, but we're two runs down. We don't need that base there."
McGehee, the next batter, reached on an infield single. When Hunter Pence bounced out to short the game was over and the comeback attempt had fallen short. Bochy was quick to shake it off.
"That's a long day there," he said as the clock ticked further past midnight.