Tonight’s game was the type of game you have to win against NL West foes and often. It was an intense pitching duel that was unexpected for two reasons; the game was played at Coors Field where slugfests are routine and Kerosene was starting the game. Lo and behold, it was a 2-1 game and a can of kerosene was nowhere to be found. Tulo, Hunter Pence, and NoDo took turns hitting solo shots which eventually became a 2-1 final score in favor of the Rockies.
The real Frankie Mo stood up to nemesis Madison Bumgarner and stared him down picking up his second victory of the season against one loss. Morales made his best pitches at the most critical times. He pitched in and out of traffic jams. He was asked to go back out for the seventh inning in an attempt by Walt Weiss to keep the bullpen fresh. With two outs, Bumgarner doubled down the LF line to get in a run scoring position for Angel Pagan. He ended his night with a strikeout of Pagan on a nasty slider. Frankie Mo finished the night with 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 7 SO.
The bullpen was was just a little wobbly except for Rex Brothers. Zero got only one out while putting two runners on base. Brothers popped out of the bullpen and got Fatso Sandoval to ground into an inning ending double play on the first pitch he threw. Rex finished his night by getting Brandon Belt leading off the ninth for the first out. Hawk came in and walked his first batter, Brandon Crawford. The next batter, Gregor Blanco, lined a single into center field. The third consecutive pinch hitter, Hector Sanchez, struck out for the second out. Finally Hawk dismissed the Giants by forcing a ground out by Pagan. Hawk picked up his sixth save in as many opportunities.
The Rockies raised their record to a season best 12-10 and clinched the series against the Giants. They moved up one rung on the NL West ladder surpassing the Giants for second place. As of publication, the Dodgers and Phillies are tied 2-2 in the bottom of 9th inning. Colorado also moved within a half game of the Dodgers thanks to the Phillies’ 10-inning win over LA. A victory tomorrow in an afternoon game will complete a sweep of the Giants and they could possibly be sitting in first place on the flight to Los Angeles.