The game started innocently as the Rockies raced to a 6-2 lead after five innings. But there were signs of trouble in the late evening forecast. Juan Nicasio had been throwing a lot of deep counts, tossing 95 pitches over five innings plus two batters in sixth inning. The hitters managed only two hits in the Rockies five-run second inning, taking advantage of walks issued by Timmy Lincecum. The sixth run was on a solo home run by Troy Tulowitzki. At that point the Rockies’ lead stood at 6-2.
The game began to unravel in the sixth inning when Nicasio issued free passes to the first two batters. Adam Ottavino came in at a critical juncture and failed to put out the fire. He have up three hits, one of them a 3-run homer by Brandon Crawford to opposite field, and two earned runs. After the home run he gave up hits to a pinch hitter and Angel Pagan, a sacrifice bunt to Marco Scutaro, and an intentional walk to Kung Fu Panda. In came Matt Belisle and Hunter Pence tied the game at 7-7 with a run scoring single on the first offering from Belisle.
The Rockies’ bullpen seams burst when the Giants scored three runs to put the game away eventually making the 9-6 score final. On the other side, four relievers combined to pitch the final three innings in relief of Lincecum giving up zero hits and one walk.
The Rockies dropped to 5-3 record with their second straight loss. They lose their first series of the season. They have a lot of work left to improve on the 2-7 record in 2012 at AT&T Park after dropping the first two games there.