Rockies Fall to Giants as Pence Hits Majors' Longest Homer This Year

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Rockies Fall to Giants as Pence Hits Majors' Longest Homer This Year
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As August fades away, Rockies baseball, once again, begins to be very much about next season. That's certainly true for rookie right-hander Chad Bettis, who's part of the 2014 rotation equation. Bettis, making his sixth major-league start, pitched six uneven innings in a 5-3 loss to the Giants on Tuesday night before a laid-back crowd of 26,601 at Coors Field. The Rockies desperately need someone to add stability to the back end of their rotation. Colorado is now 1-18 in games started by Bettis, Roy Oswalt, Drew Pomeranz, Jeff Manship and Collin McHugh. The position for next year's fifth starter has been posted, but no one has been overwhelming in the job interview. But give Bettis some credit for not coming unglued Tuesday night. You would think the 24-year-old would have been shell-shocked after a Giants' three-run first inning that included a Herculean homer by Giants right fielder Hunter Pence.

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