Christian Friedrich did more than his part to give the Rockies a chance tonight. He accomplished several feats, in only his second major league game, that have been elusive from the Rockies starters. Friedrich struck out 10 batters, a team high, while going seven innings. He only gave up one walk as well as one run, a solo shot to Blanco in the sixth.
He left the game with the score tied 1-1, the equalizer coming from a monster shot thanks to Wilin Rosario, hoping the team would pick him up for the lead and eventual win in the top of the eighth.
Not only would the Rockies fail to score, but bad luck would strike yet again and again.
First it would be a foul ball smashed into the dugout hitting Troy Tulowitzki in the leg that would signal the beginning of the end for the team. They would fail to score, ending the hope of a win for Christian.
The bad luck would continue in the bottom of the eighth as Rex Brothers came into the game to replace Friedrich. He only faced one batter, and he made his pitches, but a slapped ball to Scutaro was just outside of his range to allow him to throw out Blanco in time.
Belisle replaced Brothers and he also pitched very well, but things did not go his way either.
First was a bunt up the first base line that danced just to the left of the chalk. Rosario fielded it at the last possible minute but made a poor throw to Herrera who was covering first, tossing the ball over his head.
Blanco moved to third on the Rosario error.
Belisle did get Cabrera to fly out to Gonzalez for the first out, but Posey singled up the middle to score Blanco and break the 1-1 tie.
The damage could have been minimal after a Pagan fly-out, but again a ball found a hole between Nelson and Scutaro to score another run.
The inning finally came to an end on a ground-out, but not after the Giants put two on the board.
The Rockies would rally in the ninth with a Johnny Herrera one out single and a walk to Giambi. Scutaro would double on an error by Arias, bringing home Herrera and putting pinch runner Alex White at third. But a strikeout by Dex and a ground out by Nelson sent the team packing and putting another loss their column, their 12th loss in their last 15 games.
The only good news is that Tulo’s x-rays were negative. He thought he broke it after the shot hit off his left fibula:
When I went to the on-deck circle, I was sure it was [broken] because I couldn’t feel anything…I guess you have a nerve in there like the elbow and that’s what caused it to go numb. I know I am going to be really sore tomorrow. I don’t know after that. I am not a doctor. But I’m glad that it’s not worse.