Walk-Off

The San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain held the Colorado Rockies to one run over eight innings. After 3rd-baseman Pablo Sandoval yanked his relay throw on Colorado pitcher Jorge De La Rosa’s 1-out 2nd inning grounder into center-field, Cain retired 20 straight Rockies. But a 2-out walk, a stolen base, and a single through the box doomed Giants’ reliever Jeremy Affeldt in the bottom of the 9th, and Colorado walked-off with a 2-1 victory Saturday afternoon at Coors Field.

Corey Dickerson led-off the game for the Rockies with a double to right-field off-of Cain. DJ LeMahieu bunted Dickerson to 3rd, and he scored when Big Money Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a ground-single up the middle. The run held-up for 5 innings as De La Rosa continued the excellent pitching labor he’s delivered all season. San Francisco tied it off the left-hander in the 6th when the beloved Marco Scutaro singled to deep short with one-out and all-world Buster Posey doubled to the left of center-fielder Dickerson.

De La Rosa was pulled without throwing a pitch in the top of the 7th when the banged-up thumb on his left hand became too painful to continue. Wilton Lopez came on and retired Gregor Blanco, but the immortal Guillermo Quiroz nicked him for a single. Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss, having seen this movie before, went to lefty Josh Outman to retire Brandon Crawford, then Outman thought walking Cain would be a pretty savvy play, provoking Weiss to turn Andres Torres, 3 for 3 versus the lefty De La Rosa, around by going to right-hander Matt Belisle. Belisle, shaking-off a series of negative appearances, got Torres on a grounder back to the mound.

Belisle showed he’s not-dead-yet with a 1-2-3 8th, and Rafael Betancourt returned from the Disabled List to dispatch the Giants in-order in the 9th. Affeldt handled Colorado’s middle-of-the-order threats Carlos Gonzalez and the overpaid Cuddyer, then he walked Todd Helton on 5 pitches. Josh Rutledge pinch-ran for Helton and stole 2nd on Affeldt’s fourth pitch to Nolan Arenado, a 76 MPH curve-ball. Arenado took Affeldt’s next pitch right-back up the middle, and Rutledge streaked-around from 2nd with the winning run.

The win pulled the Rockies back to .500 at 41-41, tied with San Diego at 2-games behind the Division leading Arizona Diamondbacks, who got knocked back by Atlanta for the second game in a row. They’ll look to sweep the weekend series with San Francisco in a 2:10 pm start Sunday in Denver. Drew Pomeranz (8-1, 4.20 at Colorado Springs) will be activated for Colorado to face the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner (7-5, 3.20).

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GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Second time this season that the old man has drawn a walk in the ninth that’s turned into the winning run.Good mix of youth[Dickerson,Rutledge,LeMathiew] and seasoned vets[DLR,Cuddy,Toddy] in a good old fashioned baseball win.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

As a box score junkie since I was ten[67 now],I noticed a lot of ex-Rockie activity in the boxes on Fri/Sat.Besides the EY/Omar Q.connection with the Mets-EYjr.playing like HOF material and Omar having a very steady season I submit the following:Guthrie[L] 7-6,4.11era.Same game S.Deduno[W] 4-2,3.32ERA! B.Hawpe 1B/Angels.308/2 RBI’s.Al Alberquerque 2.45 ERA.W.Nieves.412 BA.Jason Nix.242 BA/11SB and has played very solid 3rd and SS for the Yankees in this summer of their discontent.J.Hammel 7IP/ND-2runs on only 4hits but with 5.09ERA.J.Lopez,here with SF… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Jeem,I noticed your sneaky attempt to slip one of your “over paid Cuddyer”comments late in your write up after lulling me with Big Money in the early paragraphs.Shame,shame!

jeem
jeem
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Hee hee hee hee…

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Thought we were just calling him Money now 😉

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

It didn’t hit me until a while after the game….2nd time in a row we’ve won series from the Giants?? Is that right?? Get the brooms!

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

I obviously mean for this season vs the Giants…

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago

“then Outman thought walking Cain would be a pretty savvy play” – HA! Too funny. So, during the game RMH and I were discussing WW pulling pitchers quickly, patching together that seventh inning. I thought that was actually pretty cool, seeing that he wasn’t leaving somebody into too long after a “mistake”, like giving another pitcher a free pass. What do you guys think, did you like that or would you rather have seen them continue on to clean up… Read more »

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