DENVER - At some point, as you watch the Giants lineup roll over 89 mph fastballs and play dead, it strikes you:
They had even years during the Dead Ball Era, too.
Not even a change of scenery to Coors Field could enliven Bruce Bochy's glacial gang on Monday, and when you add a starting pitcher who issues frivolous walks in this ballpark ... well, let's just hope no Giants fans delayed firing up the Labor Day barbecue because they watched the entirety of a 6-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Matt Moore gave up a grand slam to Carlos Gonzalez in the third inning, which made the game a lead-pipe cinch for the Rockies given the Giants' offensive ineptitude.
In fact, swinging lead pipes might have generated more profitable results. A Giants offense that just hit .106 in four games at Wrigley Field was held to two hits, the club's fewest ever in 184 games played at Coors Field.
They have been held to four hits or fewer in five consecutive games, a run never before experienced in Giants franchise history (dating back at least to 1913).
Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis threw his first career complete game, and the first by a Rockies pitcher this season, and he did it on a tidy 103 pitches - the same number it took the Cubs' Jon Lester to go the distance against the Giants (73-64) on Friday.
Bettis had a perfect game until the fifth inning, when Eduardo Nez got a two-out single to fall in left field. Backup catcher Trevor Brown doubled to start the sixth. And those were the Giants' only two baserunners.