Frustrated Wood explains glove toss after getting ‘ass kicked'


Coors Field in Denver has been a house of horrors for Alex Wood during his 10-year MLB career.

He entered the Giants' 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night with an 8.26 ERA in 40 1/3 innings over 11 career appearances (10 starts) in Coors, his highest in all ballparks where he's pitched at least one full inning.

After giving up seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his latest outing, Wood's ERA at Coors spiked to 8.80.

That's enough torture in one ballpark to make any pitcher lose his cool.

"Just got my ass kicked," Wood told reporters after the game. "I pride myself on having starts where almost all the time when I come out of the game, we have a chance to win. And tonight was not that night. So it's really on me tonight."

The Giants were down 7-0 by the end of the fifth inning. Wood allowed two long homers to Rockies rookie Elehuris Montero, with the second one ending the night for the veteran left-handed.

Shortly after Montero's first homer, Wood showed his frustration by flinging his glove into the air following a single by Brian Serven in the second inning.

It was an unusual sight to see from a pitcher of Wood's stature.

"Just frustrated, you know," Wood told reporters. "Just frustrated. They're all frustrating. This place hasn't been kind to me over the years, but this time of the year, a start like that can't happen. I put in a lot of work to be as good as I can every fifth day for these guys. Nights like tonight are tough, for sure."

Serven's single was the fourth baserunner Wood had allowed that inning, and despite giving up a homer a few batters earlier, it was a soft single up the middle, of all things, that caused Wood to react the way he did.

"Thought I threw a good pitch, a nice changeup," Wood said. "You never know where guys are playing and so anytime you throw a good pitch and a groundball gets through the infield, it's frustrating, especially after the homer prior to that. Just frustration overall, man. No other way to put it."

Giants manager Gabe Kapler chalked up Wood's struggles at Coors to the altitude diminishing the movement on his pitches.

As for Wood's moment of frustration, along with Joc Pederson slamming his bat after striking out to end a rally in the seventh inning, Kapler wasn't upset.

"Fine with players showing frustration," Kapler told reporters. "No issues with that. This can be a frustrating sport and every once in a while, that can come out on the field. These are, especially Alex and Joc, both professionals and it's just part of the game."

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The Giants are in a funk right now. After winning five straight at home, they've now lost three straight to two of the worst teams in the National League. As a result, they missed a golden opportunity Friday night to make up ground in the Wild Card race with the three teams ahead of them -- the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies -- all losing.

Wood, Kapler, and the Giants have to get things figured out quickly, or they might not have enough time to catch the teams ahead of them in the playoff race.

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