The San Francisco Giants had a rough season in 2011, and had one more game with the Colorado Rockies to try to finish on a high note. Unfortunately the game didn’t pan out that way, but still ended with a lot of optimism and appreciation with a nice ceremony after their 6-3 loss at AT&T Park.
Eric Surkamp lasted for 4 2/3 innings Wednesday afternoon, giving up four runs on eight Colorado hits along with three strikeouts. And in a somewhat fitting way, the injury bug had to rear it’s ugly head one more time, taking Dan Runzler in the seventh with an apparent arm injury.
Jeff Keppinger and Mark DeRosa had RBI singles, the total of the Giants offense today despite 10 hits for San Francisco. Pat Burrell went 1-3 with a single, coming out of the game to a standing ovation and curtain call in the sixth, getting a lot of emotional hugs in the dugout from his teammate. DeRosa and Burrell may be forced out of the game due to injuries, but are two classy gentlemen with terrific careers. If it is the last game they play, I’m glad it was with the Black and Orange.
Giants players signed baseballs and tossed them into the stands after the game as part of their fan appreciation ceremony, as well as some optimistic words for 2012 from Matt Cain and Bruce Bochy. And even though they didn’t make the playoffs as defending champs, it was still a successful season overall and a good foundation to be successful again next season.
Full box score can be found here.
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