Walt Weiss must have looked himself in the mirror and made the right pitching changes today in Colorado’s rout of the Giants. Christian Bergman was the starting pitcher for Colorado and got pounded for nine hits over six innings, yet he used his Colorado Springs experience to limit the damage to just two runs. The key to damage control was zero walks and pitching efficiently (80 pitches) while using his defense to his advantage (2 GIDPs). Weiss wised up, pulling Bergman after six innings with the top of the San Francisco batting order coming up for the fourth time. There were no bullpens sirens going off giving the ball to Christian Friedrich and Juan Nicasio, both of them whom have been much more effective out of the bullpen than as starters since their recalls. There were no nail biting drama as they (Friedrich – 1 IP and Nicasio – 2 IP) plowed through the Giants to put them away in a 9-2 rout.
The hitters were the Sultan of Swats today. Corey Dickerson launched two solo shots, one that nearly reached the third deck and the other went to left field. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run shot with two outs to wipe out the Giants’ lead of 2-1 and made the score 4-2. Fort McKenry hit a long ball to centerfield after a nine-pitch battle to send Ryan Vogelsong reeling. Josh Rutledge later in the same inning hit a 2-run triple with one out off Juan Gutierrez and scored on Justin Morneau’s sacrifice fly to expand the lead to 9-2.
Today’s game was one of the better played games of the season, a total U-turn from last night. Pull the pitcher before it’s too late and put in effective relievers to salt the game away. The Giants’ haters (go ahead and dance in the streets jaredean) can rejoice in the fact that the Rockies won the season series 9-8. Buh bye Giants, no post season dancing for you this year courtesy of the Rockies.