Rockies Rally Falls Short 5-4

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.

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JMN
JMN
6 years ago

OTOH, Zero seems to have all his s**t in the sock. I shouting at WW *not* to do the LOOGY thing after Posey (bust THAT!) & Blanco went down in top-9th, which he didn’t, and atta-boy to DJ for an excellent relay from Cuddy. But WTF is up with Rex? I don’t recall if he’s been slow to get up to speed in the spring, but he’s just not al there. And is Hawkins too old to do back-to-back saves?… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  JMN

Hawkins would have been used…had it been a save situation. If Arby’s could have made it through the 10th and the Rox scored in the 11th, I’m sure Hawkins would have been brought on.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Arby’s? Bob in WV, I think spellcheck probably did that for RB, Rex Brothers. But it strikes me as a good baseball nickname – bring in Arby’s for the save! Let’s hope he brings his horsey sauce tonight.

jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago

Brett Anderson is out 4-6 weeks with a broken finger. That sucks.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

So, is the 4 to 6 weeks in total with rehab/arm strength buildup included? (Hope not 3 months, RMH!) Yep, this sucks. Good grief. Frankie better be the grown-up command-the-heat Frankie.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Holy crap, a broken finger from swinging the bat? A’s fans said Anderson was fragile, but this is like Fine China fragile. I’m afraid RMH’s estimate of 3 months is closer to reality than the official 4-6 weeks … something like late June at best or even after the All Star break. This is a pretty devastating injury for a team that needs pretty much everything to go right to contend. Eddie Butler, listen closely, that’s the sound of the… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Seems to me injuries across baseball as a whole are skyrocketing. Maybe teams are more cautious now, use the DL differently, players are less likely to use a PED to cope with an injury…..or maybe I’m just imagining things. But if I’m a GM – I want to go into the season with 7 capable SP and about 10 capable RP and move my AAA team to within 50 miles of the big club. A’s, Reds, Braves and Rangers have… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Brett Anderson hurt? Who would have ever guessed it? As the old Blues song goes, “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”.

GARY
GARY
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Sometimes when a player is called “injury prone”it really is for good reason!

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

91 mph Brothers fastball that Brandon Crawford hit out for a Giants walk-off win. Sometimes velocity is overrated, but if that pitch is 95-97, where Brothers was when he first got called up, either Crawford doesn’t catch up to it or worst case it’s a long out to right centerfield. Folks here have noticed the velocity decline, and we saw yesterday exactly what that means, and it ain’t good.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yep.

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

Ottavino looks NASTY!! So did Chatwood through 4 innings. Really stinks about Brett Anderson.

Someday I would like to have a rotation of Chacin, DLR, Chatwood, Lyles, and Anderson. Then it would only be one head case in the rotation instead of 3.

GARY
GARY
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

And then we let the headcase go and bring on the two rookies next year.

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