Updated: April 10, 2013
S.F. Giants Come Back to Win!
It was a night full of rallies. Both the Giants and Rockies were hitting the ball well. The champion Giants, came back to beat Colorado, 9-6.
The Giants were the first to put a run on the board against Colorado, scoring one in the first inning. Angel Pagan singled on a line to drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Marco Scutaro singled on a ground ball to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Angel Pagan advanced to second. With an out and runners on the corners, Hunter Pence singled on a ground ball to second baseman Josh Rutledge. Pagan scored and Scutaro advanced to third. Brandon Belt came up to bat and he reached on a fielder’s choice, first baseman Todd Helton to catcher Wilin Rosario. Marco Scutaro was out at home while Pence advanced to second. Gregor Blanco walked, loading the bases. However, Hector Sanchez could not bring in any runs. He flied out to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
The Rockies attacked hard Tim Lincecum in the second. Troy Tulowitzki led off with a walk. Michael Cuddyer reached on a fielder’s choice, fielded by second baseman Marco Scutaro. Tulowitzki advanced to third, on a throwing error by second baseman Scutaro. Todd Helton came up to bat and he grounded out, shortstop Brandon Crawford to first baseman Brandon Belt. Tulowitzki scored and Cuddyer advanced to second. Then, Wilin Rosario walked. With two runners on bases, Chris Nelson struck out swinging. And you know what? Pitcher Juan Nicasio walked, loading the bases. Dexter Fowler doubled on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. Cuddyer and Rosario scored and Nicasio advanced to third. Josh Rutledge came up to bat and he singled on a ground ball to center fielder Angel Pagan, bringing in two runs. Nicasio and Fowler scored. Finally, Lincecum got out of the jam with a Carlos Gonzalez fly out to left fielder Gregor Blanco. So, Colorado scored five runs with a couple of hits, three walks and an error by Scutaro. What a horrible inning!
In the top of fifth, Colorado scored a run with Troy Tulowitzki‘s solo HR (3) on a fly ball to left field.
The S.F. Giants had their 4-run rally in the sixth inning, tying the game 6-6. Gregor Blanco walked. Hector Sanchez walked and Blanco advanced to second. Then Colorado changed pitchers. Adam Ottavino replaced Juan Nicasio. Runners advanced to second and third by Ottavino wild pitch while Brandon Crawford was batting. Then, Crawford hit a 3-run homer (1) on a fly ball to left field. Blanco and Sanchez scored. The S.F. Giants loaded the bases and Hunter Pence singled on a line drive to right fielder Michael Cuddyer. Nick Noonan scored. With bases loaded, Brandon Belt came up to bat. But, pitcher Matt Belisle got out of the jam when Brandon Belt grounded into double play, second baseman Josh Rutledge to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
In the eighth, the Giants scored three more runs to win this game. Pinch-hitter Andres Torres doubled on a line drive to right fielder Michael Cuddyer. Angel Pagan singled on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler, deflected by pitcher Matt Belisle, scoring Andres Torres. Pitcher Wilton Lopez replaced Belisle. Marco Scutaro came up to bat and he singled on a ground ball to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Pagan advanced to third. Pablo Sandoval singled on a ground ball to right fielder Michael Cuddyer. Pagan scored and Scutaro advanced to second. With two runners on bases and two outs, Gregor Blanco singled on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Wilton Lopez, Scutaro scored. Finally, pitcher Wilton Lopez got out of the jam with a Hector Sanchez striking out swinging.
Sergio Romo (0.00 ERA) pitched in the ninth, saving his fifth game in five opportunities. He went 1.0 retiring three batters faced with two struck outs.
Tim Lincecum (No decision) struck out seven and walked four in 6.0 innings Tuesday night, allowing six runs, six earned runs, and 4 hits ( a double, a home run). His ERA is 4.91.
Reliever Santiago Casilla (1-0, 3.00 ERA) won and reliever Matt Belisle (0-1, 3.38 ERA) lost.
The Giants extended their winning streak against the Rockies to eight games (WOW!) and improved their record to 5 wins, 3 losses in this season.
The series finale is tomorrow Wednesday the 10th @AT&T Park, San Francisco, California @12:45 PM (Pacific Time). Barry Zito (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for the Giants against Jeff Francis (1-0, 1.50 ERA) for Colorado. Will S.F. Giants sweep Rockies? Well…I hope so!
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