For three innings it felt like a possible no-hitter was in play. Tyler Colvin broke that up in the fourth, but then six innings went by and it felt like the team would end with a one hit shutout, losing 3-0.
That would have been so much better than what did happen.
In a tale of two games, the first saw Sanchez take the ball and basically tee it up for his old club. The first inning went like this: double, wild pitch, RBI single, error, walk, sacrifice, steal, groundout, walk, fly-out.
That the Giants only saw two past home is more of an indication that they aren’t an offensive juggernaut, as it is a reflection of the Rockies stellar play.
As bad as Sanchez was, Volgelsong was just the opposite. One night after the Rockies put on a clinic in hitting, the only player getting more work was Justin, the bat-boy, picking up discarded helmets and gloves at home plate as the team retook the field.
With only one hit and barely any base-running to speak of, the Rockies watched as Sanchez only lasted three innings, giving up two (one earned) and walking three. He never looked comfortable and bringing in Ottavino was the only logical decision. Three innings later and only one more run the team was ready for the seventh inning to see if they could get to Volgelsong.
But first they had to witness an Ekstrom meltdown in the top of the seventh as the “second game” took center stage. A double, triple, walk and double and the Giants plate three without an out. One more would score, making the inning a four run affair and putting, what seemed to be, the nail in the coffin.
Bottom of the seventh saw Volgelsong not only blow his one hit shutout, but do so in a big way. Dex led off with a triple and CarGo brought him home with a sacrifice, and just like that the team was on the board.
Now that Volg was hittable, everyone got into it. Next up was Jordan Pacheco, who doubled and he would score on a Todd Helton double. Not to be outdone, Wilin Rosario sent one over the wall for a two-run home run, his second in as many nights, and by the time the dust settled the Rockies were only down 7-4.
Completely doable. Except for tonight.
Enter Matt Reynolds. Exit any hope.
Reynolds would give up a single, make a wild throw to Todd on the Blanco sacrifice bunt, then back to back singles, back to back wild pitches that allowed two runs, a walk and worst of all a three-run home run.
Six runs, all with zero outs.
One innings, five hits, six runs (five earned, but the error was his own) and Reynolds was sat down in favor of Torres in the eighth.
Torres didn’t far much better, giving up three earned on three hits with two walks.
When all was said and done the Giants, the very same team that has been on a losing streak and isn’t known for their offensive prowess, would sink the Rockies under 16 runs on 16 hits.
There goes that winning streak of one.