DENVER -- Marco Scutaro has been able to answer multiple questions for the Giants since coming over in a July 28 trade with the Rockies.
He's been a solid starter at second base and has hit safely in 33 of 42 games at a .329 clip (56-for-170) since donning a Giants uniform.
"He's a contact guy, he knows how to play the game, and he made good contact there -- he just hit it at the first baseman," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Scutaro's clutch at-bat with men on second and third in the eighth inning Monday night. "That's bad luck. But we had the right guy up there. He put good wood on the ball and just happened to hit it in the wrong spot there. He's the type of hitter you like up there in that situation, because he knows what he's doing, he knows what needs to be done as far as getting the runner in, and he's so consistent at it."
The Giants' gain was certainly the Rockies' loss. Scutaro had provided a veteran presence in the middle of the infield, particularly with Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list since May 30, and was a reliable table-setter whether hitting second or leading off.
"It was [hard] to let go of him, if you want the truth, but you have to do what you have to do," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "For him to be coming up with some of the big hits that I've seen him come up with with the Giants, I'm not the least bit surprised."