For seven innings the Giants looked like they’d been drinking from the same back-luck trough the Rockies have been perched over all season. Missed pop-fly’s, bad play around the horn and getting thrown out at home, all routine scenes on any given Sunday for the Coors field faithful, were a welcomed sight when not happening to the Rox.
Unfortunately this isn’t the Little League, where seven innings signifies it’s time to slap hands and pat behinds.
It isn’t a good sign when your most consistent bullpen guy over the past few years goes from a 2.79 ERA to a 3.34 ERA in a third of an inning. It’s an even worse sign when your closer enters, and then exits the eighth without watching the third out getting recorded.
It wasn’t bad play, or even bad starting pitching that did in the Rockies today at AT&T Park. It was an unfortunate five run eighth inning that swung the balance from a 6-4 game in favor of the Rockies to a 9-6 game in favor of the Giants, a score that would stand when the final out was recorded.
The first seven innings included shaky, but serviceable, pitching from Alex White (4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3K), as well as decent pitching by Torres (2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K).
Torres also raised his batting average to .500 with an RBI single in the sixth.
Hitting came together in the first seven innings as well. The awesomeness that is Eric Young, Jr. continued to make itself known with his third straight multi-run game, finishing 3-5. LeMahieu showed his multi-hit game on Saturday was no fluke, as he went 2-3 with an RBI double.
But it was all quickly forgotten in a flash, when the eighth inning saw Rutledge lose the first hit in the sun, and things quickly went downhill from there.
Sanchez crushed a ground-rule double over Dexter’s head, and the center field wall, to put runners on second and third. Pagan walked, Cabrera singled in a run and then Posey fought off nine Betancourt specials before launching one deep enough to score Arias from third for a sacrifice, tying the game at six apiece.
Oh, and there was that little three-run shot from Hunter Pence that broke the tie and set the score in stone at 9-6, escorting the Rockies out of the park and into their waiting airport shuttle having just missed their first winning road trip of the season by.that.much…