A DJ LeMahieu error in the 5th was the tilt the Giants needed.
On a pop up by Hunter Pence with 2 outs and a man on 1st, Colorado second-basemen DJ LeMahieu failed to catch a routine fly ball to end the inning, not even managing to get a glove on it. The inning would continue with Pence in 1st and Marco Scutaro advancing to third on the error. The next batter Brandon Belt then doubled in both Scuatro and Pence to grab a two-run lead for the Giants. After him, Andres Torres came up and doubled in Belt from 2nd to make a three-run game.
The inning would finally come to an end a couple batters latter when pinch hitter Nick Noonen lined out to short.
The San Francisco Giants (28-22) would end up winning 7-3 over the Colorado Rockies (27-23). Matt Cain (W, 4-2) rebounded after a two run 1st inning where Michael Cuddyer scored in both runs on a double. Cain pitched 4 more innings not allowing one more to score. Cain only allowed 2 hits in game and 5 walks in his start while striking out 6.
Jon Garland (L, 3-6) went 5 innings as well allowing 5 runs, only 2 earned, 7 hits, 4 walks, and striking out 2.
One of those earned runs were given up in the bottom of the 2nd when Buster Posey hit a solo shot to left, his 7th home run of the season. Posey went 2-4 yesterday and had 6 total hits in the series.
The Giants would get their 2nd run off of Garland in the 4th inning. With runners on the corners and no outs, Brandon Crawford hit into a fielder’s choice to second allowing Brandon Belt to score from 3rd base. The Rockies would only get Torres out at 2nd on the play.
San Francisco wouldn’t break the tie until the next inning, however, as Matt Cain would sac bunt to get Crawford to 2nd followed by Gregor Blanco flying out to left.
After the 5th inning and the LeMahieu error, the Giants tacked on 2 more runs in the 6th to make it 7-2 via a Hunter Pence double to center over the head of Dexter Fowler. Marco Scuatro would score from 2nd and Buster Posey would come in all the way from 1st.
Six relievers managed to work the last four innings of the game after Matt Cain’s departure. Sandy Rosario in the 8th would be the only one who allowed any runs between them. With runners at 1st and 2nd with one out, Rosario gave up a single to pinch hitter Jordan Pancheco allowing Todd Helton to score from 2nd.
Jean Machi would relieve Rosario after that at bat and got a couple of fly ball outs to end the inning. Then Jeremy Affeldt would come in for the 9th for a 1-2-3 inning with a couple of K’s to end the game.
The Giants and the Rockies split the first two games of the series. Colorado took game one 5-0 as they managed 4 runs againts Tim Lincecum (L, 3-4). San Francisco only had 5 hits and went 0-4 with runners in scoring position.
Game two ended 6-5 with the Giants winning in extras. After a Troy Tulowitzki home run in the top of the 10th to make it 5-4, Angel Pagan would hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to deep right center to win it with Giants third base coach Tim Flannery fervently waiving Pagan home. Pagan would beat the throw by a half second.
If not for Pagan’s heroics, game two might’ve been solely remembered for the officiating errors committed by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. In the 7th inning when it was tied at 4-4, Marquez called out Brandon Belt at a play at the plate despite Belt’s foot going under the catcher and hitting home before Yorvit Torrealba could apply the tag.
Then in the bottom of the 8th still at 4-4, Pablo Sandoval managed a pop fly single to left center on which Marc Scutaro tried to advance from 1st to 3rd. Scutaro managed to avoid the tag of Nolan Arenado and slid into 3rd but Marquez called Scutaro out causing more stirring amongst the fans and the Giants dugout.
Bruce Bochy would argue with Marquez regarding his two errors and would be thrown out of the game as a result.
The Giants now get rid for essentially a four game Bay Area series with the Oakland Athletics (28-23). It starts with a two game series in Oakland followed by two games in San Francisco.
The Giants’ probables for the next two are Madison Bumgarner (4-2), and Michael Kickham (0-0) who would be making his Major League debut if he starts. The A’s probables for the next two games are Dan Straily (2-2), and Jarrod Parker (2-6).
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Written by Daniel Trucios