At least it wasn’t a shutout.
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Rockies were riding a very rare wave coming into San Francisco for their seventh game of the season. They were sitting on a five-game winning streak and perched atop the NL West standings, but had yet to face a true “opponent” this season, until they entered AT&T Park. The three Giants pitchers they were scheduled to face were combined for 21 innings of 0.0 ERA ball, a pretty impressive sight, especially for a team known for pitching.
Add to that the fact that they were in a park not known for double-digit hits, let alone runs, and two things were certain: De La Rosa had to be great and the offense needed to continue to do what it had been doing since Opening Day.
De La Rosa was pretty good, and the hitting wasn’t horrible, but neither was good enough to best the Giants as the Rockies fell 4-2.
Knowing the Giants were hitting .224 as a team, De La Rosa’s confidence should have been pretty good. He did seem to settle down and pitch pretty well, but sadly that was after he gave up a three run shot to Hunter Pence in the first. He didn’t allow another run the rest of the night, and left with a quality start after going six. He gave up six hits and walked one, while striking out three.
The Giants tacked on an insurance run in the eighth after Weiss left Volstad in just a bit past his expiration date. Volstad pitched a clean seventh, getting two ground outs and a pop-out. Then he came back into the game in the eighth and gave up a one-out single to Pagan. Pagan stole second and a single by Posey brought him home after Volstad hit Sandoval in the foot. He should have been pulled after giving Kung Fu Panda a limp, but Weiss kept him in to face Posey and the rest, as they say, is history. Belisle was already up and, presumably, warmed-up and should have been brought in. After the RBI single Belisle was brought in and he struck out Pense on four masterful pitches to end the inning.
The only players for the Rockies that seemed to pack their bats from Coors were Cuddyer (2 for 3 with a walk), Rutledge (2 – 4), Nelson (RBI Single) and Cargo with a massive bomb into McCovey Cove (see Video below). The unfortunate part of the CarGo bomb was that EYj was caught stealing right before the HR.
Many would be happy if the team went 3-3 on this road-trip, but they honestly held their own until the end, getting six hits off of one of the better pitchers in the game. It was just one of those nights that fans have become accustomed to with Giants series, one that the team Rox leave the park just a little shy of the “W”.
CARGO BLAST INTO McCOVEY COVE