Apr 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) signs autographs before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Pinch hitting with a game recap the only way I know how – – Inning by inning because every inning had something interesting to report. Shame Jorge De La Rosa’s solid comeback game (5 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts) is spoiled by a poor Scott Oberg performance. Giants tie the series at 1 with 5-4 win.
Breakdown by inning:
11th: Brooks Brown comes in to pitch and has read tonight’s bullpen script allowing the Giants leadoff runner on base. You simply cant walk seven (7) batters in one game. Nori Aoki would be small balled to third base and would score on a well executed squeeze bunt. 5-4 Giants. Jean Machi back on the bump for the Giants. Justin Morneau with a leadoff hit for the Rockies. That’s Morneau’s 3rd hit of the game. Nolan Arenado, on a 3-1 counts, grounds into a double play and finishes the night 0-5. Carlos Gonzalez is the final out.
10th: Adam Ottavino comes in to pitch the 10th and for the 5th consecutive inning tonight allows the leadoff hitter on base. For the 2nd time tonight, Rockies pitching induces a doubleplay with the next batter. Javy Lopez would get Charlie Blackmon out to start the bottom half of the inning. Jean Machi would come in for the Giants and induce groundouts to pinch hitter Michael McKenry then Troy Tulowitzki.
9th: John Axford (still praying for his son) comes in to pitch for the Rockies and for the 4th consecutive inning tonight allows the Giants leadoff hitter on base. No damage done and going into the bottom of the 9th, one remembers the two times that both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki homered in the same game, the Rockies have won. That means a walkoff victory is practically a guarantee right?
Drew Stubbs would tie the game at 4 with a force out allowing Nick Hundley to score. Then in a microcosm of Stubbs season, he steals second base but goes off the base and is tagged out. Free baseball for everybody.
8th: Christian Bergman again gives up a leadoff hit but is a part of a 1-6-3 double play to nullify the batter. Sergio Romo comes in to replace Tim Hudson and promptly strikes out pinch hitter Raphael Ynoa. Justin Morneau would be stranded at first base.
7th: Corey Dickerson is replaced in the field by Drew Stubbs. Stubbs will bat 9th in the order as a part of a double switch. Christian Bergman is now pitching for the Rockies. After a leadoff double to Angel Pagan, Bergman retired the side. Our Rockies go down in order in their half of the inning.
6th: Summon Lord Oberg to the mound. A single to Buster Posey, a homerun to Justin Maxwell, a double to Andrew Susac, and DJ LeMahieu climbing the ladder for the only out Oberg would collect. Christian Friedrich comes in and requires a sliding catch by Corey Dickerson to collect his first out and a real slick “slide, catch, flip” by DJ LeMahieu to collect the final out. 4-2 Giants.
Carlos Gonzalez with a homerun to dead centerfield. Giants lead cut to 4-3.
5th: Jorge De La Rosa gets out of a 2-out jam featuring his only 2 walks of the game. Corey Dickerson bats into a 9 pitch (with 5 pickoff attempts to first to get Charlie Blackmon) double play. One of the foul balls he hits catches him flush in his thigh.
4th: Jorge De La Rosa strikes out Buster Posey (playing 1st instead of catcher) and gives up a homerun to catcher Andrew Susac. You can’t predict baseball. Rockies go in order in the bottom half of inning.
3rd: Rejoice! Rejoice! A 3-up, 3-down inning for Jorge De La Rosa. Troy Tulowitzki with his 100th career Coors Field homerun to put the Rockies up 2-1.
2nd: Charlie Blackmon with a defensive gem making a running snow cone catch. Then in the bottom of the 2nd, again with 2 out, DJ LeMahieu and Jorge De La Rosa collect hits but this time, Charlie Blackmon would cash in DJLM to tie the game at 1.
1st: With 2 out, Giants Buster Posey doubles to score Angel Pagan to open the scoring for the Giants. Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau would collect 2 out hits for the Rockies but would be stranded when Nolan Arenado struck out.
I will leave THIS here.
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