For four innings, it looked like Colorado will escape San Francisco with another 1-0 victory. Baby Bull crushed a solo shot in the second inning which turned out to be one of the only two squared up hit off Tim Hudson. Tyler Chatwood was dealing through four innings before he hit the speed bump in the fifth inning. A HBP to Hunter Pence opened the door to the Giants’ three-run rally in the fifth inning. Angel Pagan capped it with a solid single to score two runs. An inning later Fatso Sandoval had a solo splash hit to make the score an insurmountable 4-1 deficit for the Rockies. Justin Morneau hit his first solo home run of the year to make the score 4-2.
Tim Hudson totally handcuffed the Rockies except for two mistake pitches until his wheels came off in the eighth inning. NoDo started the two-run rally with a double. DJ LeMahieu followed with another double. Pinch hitter Brandon Barnes bunted DJ over to third base. The pitching change was made by San Fransicso turning to Javier Lopez for a LOOGY situation. Walt Weiss decided to eliminate the advantage by pinch hitting Drew Stubbs for Nazty. The move paid off with a RBI single by Stubbs to knot the score at 4-4.
Boone Logan faced only three batters in the bottom of the eighth inning picking up a strike out and a double play grounder despite facing two right-handed batters. In the top of the ninth, Morneau came with one inch of touching the white chalk that would have been a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. Instead they came up empty handed. Zero pitched a clean, well almost, ninth inning to force extra innings. Gregor Blanco hit a long fly ball off the brick wall in the triple alley and he attempted to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. The relay got to the plate in time to tag Blanco out. As usual, Sergio Romo shut down the Rockies in tenth inning. Rex Brothers served a fastball belt high in Brandon Crawford’s wheelhouse that he blasted into McCovey Cove for a 5-4 walk off victory by San Francisco.
All three games in the series were decided by one run. The Rockies drop back below .500 at 6-7. Bad news for the Rockies – Brett Anderson has a broken finger and he will be out 6-8 weeks and that’s before he can even build arm strength back up. I’m guessing we are looking at a good three months without Anderson. Colorado sped to the airport after the game so they can get to Petco Park for the next four games. Petco Park is their favorite ball park away from Coors Field.