Nazty and the Rockies bullpen sans Wiltin’ Molten were the keys in a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The only mental lapse of the game was perfect fodder for the FC haters. He struck out to end the inning on a wild pitch. FC just stood at the plate trying to have a conversation with the umpire while catcher went all the way to the backstop and ran back to the plate where FC was still standing for the third strike tag out.
Nazty’s work at the top of the batting order was the difference in the ball game. He worked Matt Cain for a walk leading off the third inning. Brandon Barnes hit a slow grounder with a lot of English spin to the right side as Nazty was in motion pulling the second baseman away from the hole. The ground ball never reached the outfield grass. Nazty wasn’t done yet as he had a huge jump stealing third base easily ahead of the tag on a double steal. Then Fine China hit a very shallow fly to Hunter Pence in right field. Nazty decided that his speed is better than Pence’s strong arm and accuracy. He easily beat a perfect throw to the plate for the game’s only run despite the shallowness of the fly ball.
Brett Anderson cruised through the first three innings. He ended the top of the fourth inning with a ground out off the end of his bat. It really stung him and he could not recover his feeling in the left index finger in time to pitch the bottom of fourth inning. And the alarm went off blaring loud inside the bullpen needing their assistance to pitch a whopping six more innings. Walt Weiss decided to call upon Thomas Kahnle to begin team bullpen work. It started bad when Fatso Sandoval hit a double and Buster Posey followed with a walk. Pitching coach Jim Wright had a conference on the mound to settle down Kahnle. Michael Morse immediately hit into a double play and Hector Sanchez fanned afterwards to end the threat. Kahnle tossed another inning and Matt Belisle followed with a clean sixth inning. Zero extinguished the Giants with a quick seventh inning including two strikeouts. Rex Brothers hit a major bump in the eighth inning to load the bases on two walks sandwiched around a Brandon Crawford double (CarGo lost the ball in the sun) with two outs. Then Rex struck out Fatso to end the threat by San Francisco. LaTroy Hawkins closed out the game quickly to earn his second save of the season while Kahnle picks up his second win of the young season.
The Rockies improve to 2-4 on the road and 1-1 at AT&T Park. Their overall record is even at 6-6, one game behind the Giants (7-5). Tyler Chatwood is being asked to go deep in the game tomorrow afternoon to help keep the Rockies bullpen fresh. The RWOers can blame Baby Bull for the Rockies’ performance today.