Colorado Rockies morning after: A thought for Friday’s every inning
FOURTH INNING: STRIKE OUT, STRIKE OUT, THROW OUT
Senzatela had an excellent fourth inning, picking up two strikeouts, include a “strike ’em out, throw ’em out” double play. Through four innings, his strikeout total was five and his pitch count was a modest 56. The Rockies were unable to score in the bottom of the frame and continued to trail by one run.
FIFTH INNING: ROCKIES TAKE THE LEAD, SCORING FIVE
Nick Hundley hit a ground ball to the Rockies’ shortstop, Alexi Amarista, who threw on to first. Hundley was called safe on the field, but the Rockies challenged. Unfortunately, the call was just too close to overturn and Hundley was ruled safe after review.
Senzatela didn’t care at all about the call at first base and chose to get the next batter, Aaron Hill, to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play. A walk to the next batter brought Samardzija to the plate with two outs. Samardzija crushed the ball deep to center field for his third career home run. Despite the home run to the opposing pitcher, Senzatela quickly settled down and ended the inning.
A lead-off base hit and a sac bunt put a runner in scoring position for Blackmon in the bottom half of the frame. Blackmon took full advantage, hit a four-seam fastball into left field for a triple. LeMahieu then drove in Blackmon with a single to center field. With the hit, LeMahieu picked up his seventh hit of the series in just eight at-bats.
After LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado pulled a single through the infield to put two on. Carlos Gonzalez couldn’t take advantage, but Ian Desmond hit a long shot into the right field bleachers to give the Rockies a 6-4 lead after five innings.
SIXTH INNING: GIANTS AND ROX ADD A RUN EACH
The sixth inning was Senzatela’s first opportunity of the game to pitch with the lead. He got off to a shaky start, allowing a lead-off double to Panik, who advanced to third on a ground out from Brandon Belt. Hunter Pence then hit a roller to second that scored Panik to bring the Giants within one. The Rockies scored in the bottom of the frame on a pinch-hit homerun from Trevor Story to give them their two run lead right back, 7-5.