Who were those guys and what did they do with our Giants? It was like the worst nightmare version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Matt Cain was on the mound Thursday–get away day–for the Giants and he was fantastic through four, and then in the fifth, the wheels came flying off the bus. Cain couldn’t catch a break and the Rockies cashed on all of them. Pop-ups were landing, bloops were falling, bases were stolen and the Rockies just kept adding on.
So Cain left with the bases loaded and Chris Heston came in–unfortunately, he didn’t fare much better–and by the time the inning was over, 62 pitches were thrown, eight hits were allowed and the bottom half of the inning went on for 35 minutes.
The Rockies scored nine runs in the fifth.
The Giants had already scored one run in the fourth–Denard Span singled, advanced on Angel Pagan’s walk, moved to third when Buster Posey reached on a Rockies error (pitcher’s fielding error) and made it home on a wild pitch.
Then came that awful fifth inning. And just like that, we’re back to the team that scores first does not win the game.
The Rockies handcuffed the Giants through the sixth, but the Giants finally scored three runs in the seventh–Brandon Belt singled and scored on Matt Duffy’s double, who scored on Ehire Adrianza’s double. Kelby Tomlinson hit a two-out single, the Rockies challenged the play at first, but it was upheld. Span singled Adrianza home. Finally, it felt like the tide might be turning and our Giants were back.
The Giants scored two more runs in the eighth–Hunter Pence reached on a pitcher’s fielding error, and Brandon Belt hit a long ball that bounced off a chair behind the left center fence back onto the field. The ump did not rule it a home run. Even the Rockies outfielder knew it was gone. The umps reviewed it and Belt got the home run call. The Giants were three runs out with three outs to score a few more. It’s been done.
But–as it turned out, the Rockies took the two runs back in the bottom of the inning and handcuffed the Giants again in the ninth. The final score was:
Giants 6, Rockies 11
The Giants are in LA tonight to take on the Dodgers. Here’s hoping our guys are back. Tonight is the Bumgarner/Kershaw classic on TV at NBC Bay Area, MLB Network (out of market) or on the radio at KNBR 680. Game time is 7:10 pm, Giants time. You don’t want to miss it. Neither do our real Giants.