It was all San Francisco in this game as Colorado simply couldn’t get the sticks going. Hunter Pence would hit a solo shot off of Jhoulys Chacin in the fourth inning, putting the Giants ahead 1-0. In the top half of the sixth, Pablo Sandoval would hit a solo shot of his own to left as the Giants lead was pushed to two.
Giants starter Matt Cain was settling in nicely as he went three solid innings, collecting three strikeouts while keeping the Rockies hitless. After he struck out Charlie Blackmon to end the third, he appeared to be in pain as he walked to the dugout. He would leave after that inning due to a right hamstring injury.
Yusmerio Petit picked up right where Cain left off. The righty would throw three scoreless innings of his own, giving up just two hits, one walk, while striking out two.
Nick Masset came in to relieve Chacin as he was done after 5 2/3 innings. Masset would give up an RBI double to Hector Sanchez, scoring Michael Morse. San Francisco took the 3-0 lead as the run would be charged to Chacin who was responsible for Morse.
As if San Francisco wasn’t done hitting solo homers, Brandon Crawford would turn on a Matt Belisle offering in the seventh to extend the lead to four. The very next inning, Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle would scuffle a bit. He would give up a leadoff walk to Hunter Pence followed by a Pablo Sandoval single to center. Michael Morse would collect an RBI groundout to Kahnle, scoring Pence to give the Giants a 5-0 lead. Kahnle would strike out two to end the inning.
Colorado would have a prime chance to scratch across some runs in the bottom half of the eighth. Colorado would get back-to-back singles to start the inning from DJ LeMahieu and Brandon Barnes as Charlie Blackmon collected an infield hit to load the bases with no outs. Santiago Casilla came in to face Michael Cuddyer who swung at the first-pitch, grounding into a 6-4-3 double-play, scoring LeMahieu to reduce the lead to four. Troy Tulowitzki would fly out to end the inning as a promising inning it looked to be turned into just one run.
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez would leave the game in the top half of the eighth inning after an aggravated index finger injury.
- Michael Cuddyer: 1-for-4, 2B.
- Jhoulys Chacin: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. 98 pitches, 59 strikes.
- Nick Masset: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO.
- Matt Belisle: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER.
- Tommy Kahnle: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
- Boone Logan: 0.2 IP, 1 SO.
The Colorado Rockies (26-21) fall to the San Francisco Giants, 5-1. Colorado will send southpaw Jorge De La Rosa (5-3, 4.14 ERA) to the mound tomorrow afternoon to try to collect a series win. Veteran Tim Hudson (4-2, 2.09 ERA) will counter for the Giants. First-pitch is scheduled for 3:10 PM ET, 1:10 PM MT.