The Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants opened up their four game series on Thursday night in Denver and the Rockies didn’t forget their bats.
The Giants (69-65) came into the game trailing both the Dodgers in the NL West and the Cubs in the NL Wild Card by 6.5 games in the standings and the 11-3 loss in Denver may have sunk their hopes beyond saving.
The Rockies struck fast and they struck hard, four runs in the first inning including a two run home run by Carlos Gonzalez and a two run single from Wilin Rosario. Carlos Gonzalez took over the majority of the storylines as the game progressed. He hit his second home run in the fourth inning for his second straight two home run game and 10 RBI in five ABs. Gonzalez set a new career high in home runs (35) and launched himself into the league lead in home runs beyond teammate Nolan Arenado. Arenado hit a home run of his own in the eighth inning to sit one back of CarGo at 34.
By the fourth inning, there was never a doubt, Gonzalez hit his second home run, the lead was stretched to six and the stupid idiot Giants were forced to cry about their missed playoff chances in Coors Field. Just the way we drew it up.
The Rockies pounded hit after hit on every Giants pitcher Bochy could throw out there, finishing with 19 including two doubles, a triple and three home runs.
Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong struggled on the hill with seven earned runs in three plus innings of work, but hit his first career home run at age 38 with a two run shot in the third inning off Chris Rusin.
The seemingly unrelenting line of good looking players the Giants trot out did not seem to distract the Rockies at all. Handsome player Joe Panik’s Handsome replacement Kelby Tomlinson led the way for the Giants offensively with two hits in four at bats and handsome MVP candidate and clutch monster Buster Posey was mostly kept quiet by Chris Rusin and Rockies pitching.
Rusin turned in another strong start with a complete game only allowing three runs on six hits and five strikeouts. The 28-year-old Rusin lowered his ERA to 4.79 in his fifth win of the year.
The Rockies continue their series with the villainous Giants tomorrow night at 6:40 MT as Chris Heston faces off with Jorge De La Rosa.