Marco Scutaro did not hit well in his first couple months on the Colorado Rockies. Partially this was due to the fact that he was thrust into the leadoff spot unexpectedly thanks to the issues Dexter Fowler had coming out of Spring Training. Partially this was due to tough luck for a guy who never strikes out, as none of the balls he put in play seemed to be falling for hits. At the time, if you had wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, you would have cited his .278 BAbip in April and .260 BAbip in May and said that he is still a guy who gets it done.
If you remained a believer through those early struggles, he proved you right. This started with some better numbers on the Rockies and has continued with his torrid production as a member of the San Francisco Giants, which continued last night in his team’s 8-3 victory.
When the Rockies traded him to the Giants earlier this season, Scutaro praised the Rockies organization and hinted that he might want to return as a free agent in the coming offseason. After his 3 hits, combined with Tim Lincecum‘s solid 6 inning outing, keyed another Giants victory and extended their division lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers to 7 games, Scutaro might find a return to San Francisco more appealing. Goodness knows that those fans, who nobody can deny are rabid and wonderfully informed, would love to have him return after the contributions he has made.
On the Rockies’ half of things, Jeff Francis got roughed up in the 1st inning. In true paired pitching, which the Rockies are not actually using, the idea with Francis would be to protect his mediocre stuff the third time through the lineup (by taking him out). Last night it wouldn’t have mattered because he got dinged the first time through, but Francis did a nice job of stopping the damage there. Wilin Rosario continued to electrify the Coors Field faithful with another multi-hit, multi-RBI game that included another blast of a home run. With 24 bombs, he is now one home run behind Todd Helton for the Rockies rookie record. But you better believe he is still on a short leash!
In the end, the Rockies lost their 7th at home to the Giants in 9 games this season and they continue to do no spoiling whatsoever. They are off today and then they head to San Diego to start a road trip Friday.