It was a simple baseball game of matchups won by the Giants over the Rockies, 3-2. In the first inning, Kelby Tomlinson hit an inside-the-park HR and Marlon Byrd followed with a solo blast to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. Brandon Crawford knocked his 21st homer to extend the Giants’ lead to 3-0. The Rockies tried to scratch and claw their way back into the game. Ben Paulsen, who has been replaced by Justin Morneau in the regular lineup as of late, hit a solo homer in the fifth to put Colorado on the scoreboard. The next inning the Rockies scratched out another run when Morneau beat out a potential double play grounder to let Corey Dickerson score with the second run. Naturally, the Giants said, “That’s all, folks.” San Francisco specializes in one-run victories and that was not surprising.
Nolan Arenado had an extra base hit today, a double, but did not hit a long ball. Across the country, Bryce Harper hit his 42nd home run to tie Arenado for the NL lead in HRs. Carlos Gonzalez is third with 40 dingers. CarGo needs to hit three HRs tomorrow to win the home run title.
The Angels had an improbable five-run rally in the top of the ninth against Texas to stay in the wild card race. But Houston also triumphed at Arizona to stay one game ahead of the Angels in the wild card race and close to one game behind Texas in the AL West battle for the title. The Cubs won while the Pirates lost to come within a game of Pittsburgh in the race for the wild card home advantage. The Dodgers clinched the home field edge against the New York Mets when they meet in the divisional series.