Chacin Continues To Make Strides
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Jhoulys Chacin came within six innings of reaching his goal of throwing 200 innings in a season. He’s still happy about the way he finished.
Chacin pitched seven strong innings but one pitch cost him the win as the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Monday night.
“I finished the season strong and healthy,” Chacin said. “I’d like to get 200 innings next year if I’m healthy.”
Chacin (11-14) gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out three. Mike Fontenot drilled a two-out, two-strike pitch from Chacin into the right-center field gap for a triple, driving in two runs in the third inning.
“It was a pitch I wanted to make but I guess I didn’t get it away enough for him to hit it that far,” Chacin said. “I was focusing on the glove and trying to hit the glove.”
The rally began when Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong (13-7) singled off Jordan Pacheco’s glove after Chacin had retired the first two hitters of the inning.
“If we catch a line drive the inning is over and it was catchable,” Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy said. “I think Jordan just misjudged and overjumped it. It hit in the heel of the glove.”
Chacin still impressed his manager and will have an opportunity to become the ace of Colorado’s staff in the future.
“When Chacin commands his fastball, like he did tonight, it will allow him to make a quantum leap,” Tracy said. “When he commands the fastball, he pitches deep into games and doesn’t give up much.”
Vogelsong threw seven shutout innings as he made a final statement toward a possible Comeback Player of the Year award.
Pablo Sandoval and Brett Pill, who also had an RBI, each added two hits for the Giants, who ended a four-game losing streak with their fifth straight home win.
Mark Ellis had two hits and drove in a run for the Rockies, who lost for the 10th time in 12 games and have dropped six in a row to the Giants. Seth Smith also had two hits.
Vogelsong won his third consecutive start following a five-game losing streak. He allowed four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four. He retired 17 of 18 during on stretch.
Ellis’ RBI single in the eighth ended Sergio Romo’s 21 2-3 scoreless inning streak, a span of 29 games.
Romo got through the eighth, Javier Lopez got an out and Santiago Casilla finished off the game for his sixth save in seven chances.
Vogelsong, who was named to the NL All-Star team, allowed three or fewer runs in 23 of his 28 starts this season and increased his lead among Giants pitchers with his 12th hit.
Chacin lost his fourth straight start after not receiving any run support for the second straight game and fourth this year.
Fontenot’s two-run triple capped a two-out rally in the third. Vogelsong singled and Andres Torres walked ahead of Fontenot.
After stranding five runners in scoring position, Ellis’ two-out single in the eighth put the Rockies on the board.
Pill added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
NOTES: Rockies’ OF Carlos Gonzalez had his injured right wrist examined by 49er team doctor Tim McAdams, who confirmed a deep bone bruise and tendon inflammation. … Colorado hitting coach Carney Lansford said he will likely undergo right hip replacement surgery sometime in October. … RHP Alex White (3-3, 7.04) will start Tuesday’s game for the Rockies. He’s lost his last two starts, giving up 11 runs in 10 1-3 innings. The Rockies won each of his first four starts and six of his first seven. … Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy said he doesn’t expect to use Huston Street the rest of the way as the pitcher nurses a groin injury. Street experienced discomfort after his last throwing session.
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