Brown, in for Posey, Has Pair of Blasts
The San Francisco Giants had three 2-run homers Tuesday night at Coors Field, stealing the Colorado Rockies’ early season strategy and defeating the local nine 7-2. Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 3.38) went 8 innings for the Giants, limiting Colorado to 2 hits and 2 bases-on-balls. He struck out 5.
The Rockies scored first, in the 2nd on singles by Gerardo Parra and Mark Reynolds and a double-play grounder off the bat of Nick Hundley. San Francisco answered in the top of the 3rd, getting a one-out double from Denard Span and a 2-out single from Hunter Pence. They went ahead in the 5th when Pence hit the first of three SF 2-run homers with Joe Panik, who had doubled with 2 out, on 2nd.
Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 4.38) started and took the loss for Colorado. He made it through 6, and while it wasn’t a “Q,” in tandem with Jason Gurka, who handled the final 3, it gave the Rockies’ bullpen, already straining after a brutal first week of bad starts, a third straight night of considerable rest. Chatwood had 2 down and Angel Pagan on 1st-base in the 6th when Trevor Brown, in for all star Buster Posey, lifted a 91 MPH fastball high up in the left-field pavilion to run the score to 5-2. Brown would strike again in the 8th, again with 2 out and Pagan on base, this one a line-shot just over the wall in left-center.
Samardzija meanwhile, after the Rockies scored a second run on a Nolan Arenado single with 2 out in the 5th, retired the final 10 batters he faced. George Kontos surrendered a pinch single by Cristhian Adames in the 9th in a mop-up effort.
Game 2 of the 3-game set is tonight, 6:40 pm. again at Coors Field. Jake Peavy will go for the Giants against Jordan Lyles.