If you were like me, you turned off the television after Hunter Pence slugged a three-run shot in the first inning and we knew that starter Tim Hudson rarely gives up more than two runs. As expected the Giants poured some kerosene on Franklin Morales jumping out to a 7-2 lead. The only two runs scored by Colorado was on a triple by D.J. LeMahieu which bounced on the right field line and rattled around the corner to drive in Corey Dickerson and Josh Rutledge. In the fifth inning Walt Weiss made a double switch to bring in the expanded roster call ups. Yohan Flande replaced Morales while Rafael Ynoa replaced D.J. LeMahieu at second base. Other than giving up a RBI double, Flande was spotless going 1.2 innings to keep San Francisco at seven runs.
Then in the sixth inning things began unexpectedly unravel for Hudson. Dickerson walk, Michael McKenry single, Rutledge RBI single and pinch hitter Matt McBride reached on error scoring a run ended the day for Hudson. Ynoa, a switch hitter, singled to drive in Rutledge making the score 7-5 off Javier Lopez. Nazty beat out a potential double play grounder to score the sixth run. Jean Machi came in to finish the inning.
After Juan Nicasio threw a shutdown inning in the top of seventh, Colorado went right back to work. Dickerson reached on a strikeout and wild pitch. McKenry bunted him over to second base. Rutledge came through with a game tying single. Ben Paulsen, another call up with Ynoa and Flande, stepped to the plate and calmly launched the ball off Machi to give the Rockies an improbable 9-7 lead.
When Three Mile Island came to the mound to start the eighth inning, the entire Purple Nation went scrambling to the nuclear shelter. One pitch and a fly ball out. Walt Weiss popped out of the dugout without hesitation to turn off the nuclear sirens and summoned Zero. He did his job getting the last two outs.
LaTroy Hawkins attempted to pick up his 23rd save, but got victimized by Giants’ BABIP luck. Joe Panik got jammed on a 0-2 count on the hands but the weak bloop somehow had enough distance over Nolan Arenado’s head for a lead off double, Buster Posey hit a comebacker grounder past Hawkins to drive in the first run. A pinch runner for Posey moved up on a wild pitch. Pablo Sandoval hit another ground ball that had seeing eyes to tie the game up. And then there was two more grounders that we attempted to turn two but failed each time. Then Hawkins struck out Gregor Blanco to end the inning.
Fort McKenry found a way to hit a ground ball up the middle after falling behind on a 1-2 count against Sergio Romo and his Frisbees. Rutledge did his obligatory duty to make a sacrifice bunt. Pinch hitter Charlie Culberson popped out in the foul territory on the first pitch. Ynoa had an infield single that shortstop Brandon Crawford knocked down to save a run on the first pitch he saw from Romo. Nazty liked Ynoa’s tactic of going after the first pitch and roped a walk-off single down the right field line. Walk-off number seven. Flip the counter, JD! That made a winner of Hawkins. To cap the evening, Nazty got the ice bucket poured on during his interview with Marc Stout by dump specialist Brandon Barnes.