The Rockies got off to a fast start and kept the pedal to the metal. Two runs were scored via two triples and RBI sacrifices in the first. The Giants evened the score at 2-2 in the third with the aid of a four-pitch walk to the leadoff batter. The Rockies remembered Walt Weiss’ emphasis on “win the inning.” NoDo launched the first of two home runs with a two-run blast to push the lead back to 4-2 and two more doubles scored a third run to win the third inning.
Colorado added an insurance run in the fourth inning on Tulo2.7’s triple and NoDo’s double. Jordan Lyles cruised into the fifth when the wheels fell off. He could not finish off the fourth inning after two outs when they scored two of the three runs. The third run was a gift from Parra who tried to throw out a speedy runner at home on a sac fly from the warning track. That allowed the runner on first to walk up to second base on the throw enabling him to score on a seeing eye single by Hunter Pence.
The Rockies night was over or so it was thought. Chris Rusin came in and single-handedly put out the five alarm fire. He got the third out and proceeded to toss two more clean innings. He did not give up a hit nor issue a free pass over 2.1 innings and got the ball to the back end of the bullpen. Miguel Castro did his job except for one pitch which was a towering solo shot by Brandon Belt that narrowed the deficit to 7-6.
NoDo put the dagger in the Giants’ backs with a three-run blast to finish his 7-RBI night to push the lead back to 10-6 which became a final. Jake McGee finished off the Giants for Colorado’s fourth victory of the season against four losses. They improved their home record to a still-poor 2-3.
Colorado bashed out 12 extra base hits which is a San Francisco club record for XBHs given up in a game. There were six doubles, four triples, and two home runs. Trevor Story had two triples which banged off the newly raised fence that would have been home runs last year.
Tomorrow Jorge De La Rosa goes against San Francisco and Matt Cain in a afternoon tilt.