Maybe Bruce Bochy has lost his magic touch.
Then again, maybe the Rockies are climbing out of their hole.
The Giants got swept in a two-game series in Denver, and each time a decision by Bochy regarding his starting pitcher didn't work. Monday, he left Tim Lincecum in one batter too long, and Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to decide a 7-4 victory.
Then came Tuesday's 5-3 loss and another crushing blow by Gonzalez, who hit a two-run single off reliever Javier Lopez in a decisive four-run eighth inning. Each Gonzalez hit broke a tie. Tuesday, the score was 3-3 before he made contact.
Bochy went to the mound two batters into the eighth after Sanchez gave up consecutive singles. Bochy stuck with Sanchez, but the next batter, Alfredo Amezaga, laid down a bunt -- Sanchez picked up the ball and whizzed it past first base, allowing a run to score and make it 3-2, Giants.
Bochy came out again to pull Sanchez and replace him with Lopez, who made a legendary contribution during the postseason but struggled mightily Tuesday. For the second straight day, Bochy was without a magic touch. Lopez gave up a game-tying, ground-rule double to Dexter Fowler and Gonzalez's crucial two-run knock.
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