Tyler Matzek had a rough go of it in the first inning, needing 27 pitches to get out of the frame. The southpaw settled down however as the Colorado Rockies cruised to a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night. Not to mention, Colorado is now 6-0 on the road this season.
Charlie Blackmon lead-off the top half of the first inning with a walk, which is a pretty good start if you ask me. Two batters later, Troy Tulowitzki of all people, recorded an infield single, placing runners on second and first with one out. Here’s where Tim Lincecum knew, he messed up. On an 0-2 pitch, Nolan Arenado clubbed out a three-run shot to put the Rockies up early, 3-0. It wasn’t a bad pitch at all by Tim, just a pretty good swing from Nolan.
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That was all the run support Colorado would need. After Tyler Matzek’s 27-pitch first inning, the southpaw started to set batters down, retiring nine straight at one point. Matzek finished the night pitching six innings, giving up five hits, one run-one earned, one walk and struck out three. After the game, Matzek’s ERA dropped to 1.80 as he collected his first victory of the season.
Colorado recorded all four of their runs in the span of two innings – the first and second inning for that matter. Charlie Blackmon gave Colorado a three-run cushion in the second after a sac-fly to center, plating Michael McKenry.
Rockies reliever Boone Logan ran into a bit of a jam in the eighth inning, giving Rockies’ fans everywhere a scare. After retiring Nori Aoki on a strikeout to start the inning, Logan gave up the long-ball to third baseman Matt Duffy to bring the lead to within two. Luckily for Boone, it was just a solo-shot. Logan would then issue a walk and a single, only to record a strikeout and induce a ground ball to end the inning.
#EnterSlidePiece, aka Adam Ottavino came in for the bottom half of the ninth inning to close out the deal for Colorado. Ottavino didn’t disappoint, recording two strikeouts to push Colorado to a series sweep of the San Francisco Giants on the road.
The Colorado Rockies (7-2) are off Thursday afternoon, but resume play Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 6.00 ERA) will take the hill for Colorado as they go up against one of the games best in Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 5.84 ERA). First-pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM EST, 8:10 PM MST.