Jeff Francis (1-1, 5.87) not only didn’t wash away the stink from Tuesday, he brought his own steaming bucket of doggy-dew down to AT+T Park on Wednesday afternoon, where the San Francisco Giants swept the Colorado Rockies into the bay 10-0, and on down the coast. As it turns-out it was over after the 1st, when the Giants took a 2-0 lead. Barry Zito (2-0, 0.00) added 7 additional shut-out innings to the 7 he delivered last Saturday in St Louis, continuing his dominance over the crew from Colorado.
Francis had nothing. Angel Pagan singled leading-off the game and after 1-out came around on a triple by Buster Posey. Joaquin Arias knocked Posey-in after Francis had struck-out Hunter Pence, his 2nd K of the inning. Zito disposed of the Rockies in the top of the 2nd in-order, and Brandon Crawford led-off the bottom with a double. Zito laid-down a bunt, which Francis fielded and threw to 3rd, where Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario had directed. The throw was late, leaving Crawford at 3rd and Zito at first. Wilin’s bad. To celebrate, Francis walked Pagan, then our old homeboy Marco Scutaro delivered a sacrifice fly.
Next was Posey, this time with a double that plated Zito. Hunter Pence followed with a shot at Chris Nelson, who made a nifty grab, then yanked the throw home to the right of Rosario, Pagan scoring. Arias was walked to set-up a double-play chance. After Brandon Belt popped-up to Nelson, Andres Torres ended Francis’ horror-show with a 2-run single. 7-0 SF.
Edgmer Escalona came on and pitched 2-1/3 shut-out innings, aided by Colorado’s lone highlight of the afternoon, Eric Young Jr’s over-the-shoulder catch of a gigantic fly-ball by Pagan in the 3rd. Escalona gave way to Chris Volstad in the 5th. He surrendered 2 in that inning and another in the 6th. Adam Ottavino, yesterday’s hero, contributed an inning and a third scoreless, and Rex Brothers handled the 8th, escaping 2 walks and a single.
Zito baffled the Rockies through 7, and another of our old buds, Javier Lopez, shut us down in the 8th. Chad Gaudin finished the white-wash.
Colorado heads south to San Diego, which it swept last weekend, seemingly a century ago. Thursday is a day-off, then Jon Garland (1-0, 3.00) and Tyson Ross (0-1, 4.50) face-off for the second time in less than a week. Game time is 8:10 pm MDT.