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.
Moore appeared to pound the zone in the first two innings but abruptly lost the ability to throw a strike in the second inning, and when that happens here, it's like losing your brakes while descending on the upper corniche.
Moore walked Cristhian Adames to start the third, then issued a four-pitch walk to Bettis as the pitcher was trying to sacrifice. Raimel Tapia followed with a line drive that shortstop Brandon Crawford tried to snare with a backhand attempt an inch or two off the ground. The ball deflected off Crawford's glove and into left field for a single that loaded the bases.
DJ LeMahieu hit a sacrifice fly that also advanced both trail runners, and the Giants made the easy decision to issue an intentional walk to their personal tormentor Nolan Arenado, who already has 21 RBIs against them this season.
It was just Arenado's eighth intentional walk of the season. And if that seemed low, Gonzalez provided a counterpoint. He connected with a shot into the Rockies bullpen.
Moore did not survive the inning after giving up a home run to Nick Hundley, issuing another walk and throwing a wild pitch. Matt Cain made his fourth career relief appearance and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Left-hander Ty Blach, who hails from suburban Denver, had a memorable major league debut while holding the Rockies to a hit in three scoreless innings.
Scoreless innings is what the Giants do best these days.