Manager Bruce Bochy said both pitchers would undergo MRIs on
Thursday, and Casilla "likely" will have to go on the 15-day
The two Giants pitchers weren't the only casualties. Rockies left
fielder Carlos Gonzalez left the game with left index finger
inflammation. Cain pitched three hitless innings and said he was
injured as he released his last pitch and struck out Charlie
Blackmon. Cain said he was optimistic about avoiding the disabled
list for the second time this season -- he cut his right index
finger and missed 13 games -- but cautioned, "We'll see how tomorrow
it feels. Today, still got some adrenaline going. But it's calming
down. See how it reacts tomorrow and the next days."
Yusmeiro Petit (3-1) pitched three scoreless innings in relief of
Cain. Solo homers by right fielder Hunter Pence, third baseman Pablo
Sandoval and shortstop Brandon Crawford powered the Giants, who won
for just the fifth time in 15 games at Coors Field dating to the
start of the 2013 season.
Casilla entered the game after the Rockies loaded the bases with no
outs in the eighth on three straight singles. On his first pitch,
Casilla got right fielder Michael Cuddyer to ground into a double
play as Crawford snared his grounder up the middle and flipped to
second baseman Brandon Hicks, who caught the ball barehanded and
fired to first.
"That was a game-changer," Cain said. "A lot of things could've
happened after that."
Casilla grounded out to end the eighth but took a misstep as he
crossed the base and went down in pain, rolling around and slapping
the ground. He was unable to bear weight on his right leg as he was
helped off the field. After the game in the clubhouse, Casilla, who
is 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA in 22 games, was walking gingerly. He had
trouble putting on his pants and bending his right leg and left the
clubhouse with trainer Dave Groeschner.
Bochy said he was "shocked" to see Casilla running hard to first
base. "I told him, 'Don't even swing,'" Bochy said. "When he hit the
ball, I guess he thought he had a hit. I don't know what got into
him. I've never seen him run like that."
Gonzalez originally injured his index finger May 1 and didn't play
the following day. He said the finger began swelling again in his
first at-bat when he grounded out. He walked on his second plate
appearance but said the finger "was really bad" when flied out to
left on his third at-bat to end the sixth.
"I lost everything. I can't get a grip," Gonzalez said. "I can't
bend my finger, so it's really hard to hit."
A frustrated Gonzalez, who left the game on a double-switch in the
eighth, said his finger had been getting better, "and I went back to
zero. We did an X-ray during the game and no broken bones, just a
lot of swelling. One of those things I have to deal with and get
treatment every day. The last time it only took me two games to
recover. I hope it's the same as last time." Gonzalez is not dealing
with the same finger injury that he sustained on July 7 last year
and which limited him to just 19 games after the All-Star break.
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He sprained his right middle finger last year. Rockies starter
Jhoulys Chacin gave up the homers to Pence in the fourth and
Sandoval in the sixth and allowed four hits and three runs in 5 2/3
innings. He left after yielding a double to Michael Morse, who
scored when Hector Sanchez greeted Nick Masset with a double.
Chacin, who was made his fourth start after a right shoulder
strain caused him to start the season on the disabled list, had
allowed one homer in 17 innings in his three previous starts.
Crawford's sixth home run, a shot into the second deck in right
field off Matt Belisle in the seventh, put the Giants ahead 4-0. And
they added a run in the eighth against Tommy Kahnle.
The Giants boosted their lead over the Rockies to three games in the
National League West and will try to win the rubber game of the
series Thursday -- without Casilla.
"I think his value to this team is very underrated," Pence said.
"He's huge. He's big for us, especially with how many tight ball
games we play. To see him go down in a situation like that is
NOTES: Home plate umpire Adam Hamari issued a warning to both
benches after RHP Matt Cain hit Rockies 1B Justin Morneau with a
pitch in the second. Each team had a batter hit in Tuesday's game.
... Giants C Buster Posey is likely to return to the lineup
Thursday. He suffered nerve irritation in his lower back on an
awkward swing Sunday. ... Giants CF Angel Pagan went 0-for-4 after
missing the past two games because of a sprained AC joint in his
left shoulder that he sustained Saturday. ... Rockies 3B Nolan
Arenado's double with two outs on Tuesday night that gave the
Rockies a 5-4 win over the Giants was the second walk-off hit this
season with two outs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. White
Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit a walk-off grand slam on April 25
that gave Chicago a 9-6 win over Tampa Bay. The last such walk-off
hit for the Rockies came April 14, 2012, when Todd Helton hit a
two-run homer to beat Arizona 8-7. ... Brad Hawpe (Rockies) and
Jeffrey Leonard (Giants) are among the former players who will
represent their clubs at the first-year player draft on June 5 at
the MLB Network in Secaucus, N.J.
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