DENVER – The thin air at Coors Field creates a haven for attackers that can turn any trip into a pitcher's worst nightmare, but on Tuesday the altitude was not the only reason for the Giants' pitching problems.  Jefferson Samardzija and Dereck Rodríguez, both of whom suffered injury in the 11-4 loss to the Rocky Mountains, proved dangerous enough for the Giants pitchers.
With their sixth loss in their last seven games Giants are now a season-high five games under .500 and five games behind first-place Rockies in the National League West.
After opening the season on the Disabled list with a strained chest muscle, Samardzija hurried back to the Giants rotation after a single rehab start. The right-hander still has to feel comfortable on the hill this season and fight with reduced speed and unpredictable command that continued in the first inning of his trip to Colorado.
"It's pretty obvious in the first inning he was not quite right," said manager Bruce Bochy. "That's why we went to the pen early."
Samardzija made two runs and two additional base hits in the opening frame against the Rocky Mountains and after running off the field, the right-hander hit the Giants' training team. The 1
"I always want to laugh, I always feel like I'm fine." Samardzija said. "Sometimes other people came in and told you differently, respecting and trusting the people around me."
The club called on rookie Dereck Rodríguez to replace Samardzija after seeing the right-handers of Triple-A Sacramento on Monday had promoted. Son of Hall of Famer catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodríguez started his professional career as an outfielder, but switched to pitching in 2014.
Rodriguez made his Major League debut in the second inning with the Giants' 2-0 deficit and made an immediate impression on Bochy.
"I thought he looked well-balanced, showed good things, a good fastball, but also good secondary pitches to go with," Bochy said. "I thought it would have been a good debut."
The candidate capped his second straight, scoreless body in the third with a 95 mph fastball on the outside black to freeze Ian Desmond, and launched an RBI double in the fifth round to record his first career hit. Although Rodríguez had three unearned runs after the Kelby Tomlinson mistake in the fourth race, the Rodriguez's from the Bullpen kept the Giants in the game.
Rodríguez drove Desmond's tibia with a brace in the fifth round at 110 mph and was forced to leave the game.
"I wanted to stay in, but after throwing these (warm-up) pitches, it felt like it was about to cramp," Rodríguez said. "I really could not beat my hind leg."
The catastrophic series of pitching injuries to the Giants continued, and although Rodríguez & # 39; X-Rays were negative, Samardzija is likely to miss at least one start as the club determines the hardness of his opponents injury.
"It has been quite consistent for me all along," Samardzija said, dealing with the narrowness. "It's just that sometimes you want it to feel good, but today it just did not react."
With Madison Bumgarner, Thursday and Johnny Cueto were not planning on starting the disabled list until the end of an additional rehab launch Returning the Giants on June is likely to spend the next week without one of their top 3 jugs.
Although their pitching depth is exhausted, a defense that has accumulated the most mistakes in baseball helped the club's cause against the Rocky Mountains. After Tomlinson threw a Charlie Blackmon Grounder in the fourth, Brandon Belt dropped Andrew McCutchen's throw on the plate and threw the ball into the left field to place Blackmon in second place.
Back-to-back double allowed the Rockies to extend their lead to 5-0 in the fourth and Rodríguez's double Mac Williamson was the first sign of life from the Giants offensive in the fifth.
"It was fantastic," Rodríguez said. "I've beaten the first three years of my career and in the end I get a base goal in my first big league game, which is pretty cool."
San Francisco chased Colorado star Kyle Freeland out of the game in the sixth after Buster Posey and Evan Longoria launched solo homers to reduce the deficit to three, but the Giants did not make it to Belt and Williamson to add second double.
In the top of seventh, Austin Jackson replaced the Giants with another runner at third base with fewer than two outs, but McCutchen bounced into a 6-4-3 double to end another threat.
If the Giants had any hopes of making a late comeback, the flames became the bottom of seventh place when Cory Gearrin allowed four runs, including a two-out and two runs to beat David David.
Longoria added another home run in the eighth inning, its tenth of its season, since July 17, 2016, but the loo's shot did not affect the outcome.
After Gearrin's forgetful seventh inning, starter Ty Blach emerged from the bullpen and finished the game for the Giants. Blach held only three innings on Sunday, and with Bochy in hopes of avoiding overcharging relievers Reyes Moronta, Pierce Johnson and Tony Watson, the skipper turned to starter on his bullpen day.
Lost in 12 of their last 14 street games, The Giants have dropped nine under .500 games this season and have been beaten 50-22 on their current road trip.