Even so, the Rockies, soon after losing the completion of a
suspended game, erased a five-run deficit Monday, blew a two-run
lead in the ninth yet ended up beating the Giants 10-9 on Charlie
Blackmon's walk-off single.
Blackmon dug out a first-pitch changeup from Sergio Romo and pulled
it to right field for the game-winning hit.
"I faced him in the first game, he threw me all heaters in," said
Blackmon, who flied out earlier against Romo. "I figured I wouldn't
get a really good pitch to hit, and I didn't. I swung at a ball. I
thought (the) first pitch would be close, and that might be the
closest pitch to the zone I see. I figured they'd probably try and
jump off the plate and get me to chase after that."
Catcher Michael McKenry led off the ninth with a single against Romo
(5-4) and was sacrificed to second by shortstop Josh Rutledge. Pinch
hitter Charlie Culberson fouled out.
Second baseman Rafael Ynoa, making his major league debut, followed
with an infield hit off the glove of shortstop Brandon Crawford. It
was Ynoa's third hit of the game and set the stage for center
fielder Blackmon, who gave the Rockies (55-83) their seventh
walk-off win of the season.
San Francisco's six-game winning streak ended.
"That infield hit killed us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
"Seeing-eye hit there, it set up the winning hit. You see so many of
these type games here. It's a game that's not over until that last
out, obviously. It's easy to get a rally going here."
The Giants (75-63) proved that in the ninth, scoring twice off
closer LaTroy Hawkins to tie the game at 9.
Second baseman Joe Panik opened the inning by blooping an
opposite-field double over third base, and he scored when Buster
Posey grounded a single up the middle. Juan Perez pinch-ran for
Posey and took second on a wild pitch. Perez scored to tie the game
when third baseman Pablo Sandoval grounded a single to center,
tagging Hawkins (3-2) with just his second blown save in 24 chances.
After tying the game in the seventh on shortstop Josh Rutledge's
single, the Rockies took their first lead of the game when pinch
hitter Ben Paulsen, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier
in the day, hit a two-run homer off Jean Machi on a 1-1
Paulsen said he benefited from a scouting report on Machi, courtesy
of catcher Jackson Williams, who caught Machi in 2012 and 2013
before signing a minor league contract with the Rockies after the
2013 season. Blackmon also gave Paulsen information about the Giants
"Everybody said he goes to his split," said Paulsen, who also had a
pinch-hit single in the completion of the suspended game. "It got
1-1, and that's a good count for it, and I just put (the) barrel to
[to top of second column]
Giants starter Tim Hudson, who has 214 wins in 17 seasons, again failed to
earn his first victory at Coors Field. He gave up six runs, five earned,
in five-plus innings. He is 0-2 with a 7.29 in eight starts at Coors
Hudson might have fared better had the Giants turned a double play on a
sixth-inning grounder DJ LeMahieu hit to third baseman Pablo Sandoval
with one out, a runner on first and a run home that trimmed the Giants'
lead to 7-4. Sandoval bobbled the ball but threw to second in time to
get a forceout, only to have Panik drop the ball. Colorado scored two
more runs on Ynoa's single and a fielder's choice, pulling within 7-6.
"We get a double play on the ball, it's a different inning," Bochy said.
Colorado starter Franklin Morales was tagged for nine hits and seven
runs in 4 1/3 innings, hardly what the Rockies were looking for after
they lost 4-2 in the completion of a May 22 game that was suspended in
the sixth in a 2-2 tie. San Francisco scored two runs in the eighth on
right fielder Hunter Pence's double and pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa's
"The bottom line is the guys keep fighting, regardless of where we're at
in the standings," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Giving up four in
the first after losing that suspended game was a tough way to go. Got
down 7-2, still no quit."
NOTES: Giants 1B Michael Morse was scratched from the lineup due to
soreness in his left side that arose during batting practice. He will
undergo an MRI exam Tuesday... In addition to 2B Rafael Ynoa, the
Rockies brought up 1B Ben Paulsen and LHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A
Colorado Springs. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ynoa, LHP Boone
Logan (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. ... The
Giants recalled LHP Mike Kickham and OF Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno
and RHP Hunter Strickland from Double-A Richmond. Strickland gave up two
hits but pitched a scoreless eighth in his major league debut. The
Giants also selected the contracts for C Guillermo Quiroz and INF Chris
Dominguez from Fresno. To make room on the 40-man roster for Quiroz and
Dominguez, C Hector Sanchez (concussion) and INF Ehire Adrianza
(hamstring) were transferred to the 60-day DL.
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.