The San Francisco Giants have been making a lot of errors lately. It cost them Saturday night in the 3rd inning as the Colorado Rockies beat the Giants a second consecutive night 10-2. San Francisco had taken a one run lead in the 2nd when Brandon Belt doubled with 2 out and scored on a Gregor Blanco single off Tyler Chatwood (2-0, 2.55). Charlie Blackmon led-off the 3rd for Colorado with a walk from Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.70). Blackmon moved to 2nd on a ground-out by Chatwood and scored when Dexter Fowler lined a double down the left-field line. Josh Rutledge followed with a weak ground ball that Lincecum fielded but threw up the right field line. Fowler scored and Rutledge advanced all the way to 3rd where he was knocked-in on a deep ground ball to 1st-base off the bat of Carlos Gonzales, giving the Rockies a 3-1 lead. Colorado would go on to score one-each in the 4th and 7th, 2 in the 5th and 3 in the 8th.
Chatwood returned to the big leagues after two starts in Colorado Springs followed his original call-up on April 24, and delivered 5-2/3 innings of 1-run/7-hit ball. He walked 4, struck-out 7, and threw 99 pitches, 57 strikes. Josh Outman cleaned-up the 6th for Chatwood with 2 on and 2 out, allowed a single to Angel Pagan in the 7th, and gave-up San Francisco’s 2nd run in the 8th. Wilton Lopez finished-up the 8th and pitched a perfect 9th to close things out.
The Rockies followed their 3-run 3rd with one in the 4th when Nolan Arenado singled with one out, moved to 2nd when Lincecum tripped over the rubber for a balk, to 3rd on a Blackmon sacrifice fly, and scored on a single up the middle by Chatwood. In the 5th Troy Tulowitzki singled with 2 out and rode home on Wilin Rosario’s 9th 2013 home run. In the 7th it was singles by Fowler, Tulowitzki and Rosario for a run. In the 8th Blackmon and Jonny “Dead Weight on the Rockies Bench” Herrera singled with one out. A third single by Dexter Fowler plated Blackmon, Fowler moved to 2nd on the Giants 3rd error of the evening, and after Gonzalez was walked Tulowitzki drove in Herrera and Fowler with a single for Colorado’s 9th and 10th runs.
The Rockies have a chance to accomplish the unthinkable, a series win over San Francisco, with a win tomorrow afternoon at Coors Field. Juan Nicasio (3-1, 5.13) will step to the mound with Yorvit Torrealba (at the direction of ProgMatinee) behind the plate against Colorado nemesis Barry Zito (3-2, 3.40). Game time is 2:10 MDT.