One of the great things about baseball is that when you go to a game, you just never know when something magical might happen. Such was the case at AT&T Park on Thursday night … at least if you were pulling for the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies scored a franchise-record for runs scored in an inning with 13 in the fifth inning as Colorado climbed back into a tie for first place in the National League West with a 17-7 demolition of the San Francisco Giants.
Many people who woke up Friday morning and saw the score probably shrugged their shoulders and said, “Bah, it must’ve been at Coors Field.” No, no, no. One of the most impressive things about Thursday’s offensive explosion is that it occurred in the City by the Bay, just 15 feet above sea level.
According to a tweet from ESPN Stats Info, 17 Colorado batters faced 58 pitches in a half-inning that lasted nearly 37 minutes. The Rockies put 10 hits and 13 runs on the board, yet thanks to a couple of San Francisco errors, only three of those runs were earned.
Let’s take a look back at how the historic inning unfolded for the Rockies. Leading 4-3 coming into the frame, Colorado took complete command of the game thanks to the onslaught below.
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Carlos Gonzalez hits a double to left.
Gerardo Parra singles to center. Gonazlez scores and Arenado moves to second. Colorado 6, San Francisco 3.
Tony Wolters doubles to right, bringing in Arenado and Parra. Reynolds moves to third. Colorado 8, San Francisco 3.
Chris Rusin grounds out to second. One out.
DJ LeMahieu singles to right. Reynolds scores. Wolters moves to third. Colorado 9, San Francisco 3.
Charlie Blackmon doubles to center. Wolters scores. LeMahieu moves to third. Colorado 10, San Francisco 3.
After a visit to the mound, Story once again comes to the plate. He singles to left, driving in LeMahieu and moving Blackmon to third. Colorado 11, San Francisco 3.
Gonzalez walks, loading the bases.
Arenado is hit by a pitch, followed by some heated moments as Arenado voices his displeasure about being plunked. He still gets the RBI and the bases are still loaded. Colorado 12, San Francisco 3.
Parra singles to center, plating Blackmon and Gonzalez. Arenado moves to second. Colorado 14, San Francisco 3.
Reynolds doubles to left, scoring Arenado. Parra moves to second. Colorado 15, San Francisco 3.
Wolters strikes out swinging. Out 2.
Rusin singles to center. Parra and Reynolds score. Colorado 17, San Francisco 3.
LeMahieu grounds out to second. Out 3.
In all, the half-inning featured four doubles, five singles, a homer, a hit batter, a walk and two errors, helping the Rockies score the most runs in an inning in Major League Baseball since Arizona scored 13 against Pittsburgh on April 11, 2010. It also eclipsed the Colorado Rockies franchise previous record of 12 set against the Chicago Cubs on July 30, 2010.