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).