The planets aligned Tuesday night at AT&T park and a funny thing happened: bad luck backed the Giants as Rockies left the game with a rare feeling of having earned a win the hard way.
Great pitching from Guthrie, who only went 5 1/3 before being replaced by Outman, helped the Rockies keep it close. His outing was brief, but if he continues to pitch like he did, then the 3-15 streak the Rockies have had since he went on the DL thanks to a faulty Schwinn, will be a thing of the past. He exited the game without having given up an earned run and handed the ball to Outman with the score tied 1-1.
The tarnish to his start would be the four walks he issued. Hope that Outman would stymie the flood of free passes would be misplaced, as he issued two walks in one inning of work. What prompting the hook, and an invitation to Belisle to make things right, wasn’t the walks but the runs he gave up. He was effective in the bottom of the 6th, helping Crawford find the dugout to go with his swinging strikeout and inducing an out from Burriss, but the bottom of the 7th was another story. Two straight walks to Huff and Blanco and a feeling of sick deja vu as Cabrera doubled down the right field line to score two is what brought Tracy to the mound for the change. Apparently it was the walks after all.
And the walking didn’t end there.
The turning point from bad luck to good, from a possible mediocre end to an amazing win, came in the bottom of the 8th. Brothers was on the mound and looked as lost as we’ve ever seen him as he gave up walks to Crawford, Pill and Blanco. Sure, Pill’s walk was intentional, but the effect was the same – bases loaded. With only one out, and Belt and Cabrera coming up, the fan faithful could be heard reaching for the Zoloft. Brothers, who hasn’t had a kind 2012 so far, was looking at a bases loaded situation with one out and nobody warming up.
But then a funny thing happened.
Brothers “woke up”. That is perhaps the only way to say it, and it was almost visible, he came out of his deep sleep of pansy pitches and really let Belt have it. Four pitches later Belt was walking back to the dugout and Cabrera had no idea what he was stepping into. Three pitches later and Cabrera was angrily watching Brothers fist pump his way to the dugout, having set down the threat in amazing style. His fire didn’t end at the steps, but he “hard high-fived” every player, screaming, “come on!” to anyone within 100 miles.
And Scutaro heard him.
With the game tied 4-4, and the Giants closer in the game, Marco Scutaro picked the perfect time to get his first home run as a Rockie. His hit over the left field fence bounced off an ambulance’s bumper, and the symbolism wasn’t to be missed: no need for the medics – at least for tonight this team will walk out on their own.