The Rockies gave up three runs in the first inning, it took them nine more innings to run down the Giants for the 6-5 victory.
The win gave the Rockies a series-opening win against the San Francisco Giants. The game had an hour delay for that freaky hailstorm. Chris Iannetta had a walk-off base knock. Chad Bettis overcame continued first-inning woes and Ian Desmond seems to be awakening.
First, how about that weather yesterday? I was on I-25 in the Denver Tech Center. The freeway was completely shut down from the hail and the flooding. I wasn’t sure the Rockies could continue but the burst was short-lived.
The inexplicable habit the Rockies have for first-inning trouble reared its head again on Monday. Chad Bettis gave up two on a leadoff single by Gorkys Hernandez. A one-out single by Buster Posey and an Evan Longoria two-out double that cleared the bases. Bettis would find trouble again with Hernandez in the third, allowing a solo shot to the Giants center fielder. In the Giants sixth, Evan Longoria got his double on again and the Giants secured a 5-4 lead. Closing the book on Chad’s day, he gave up 10 hits, five earned runs and had two strikeouts.
Harrison Musgrave gave the Rox a perfect 6-up and 6-down performance in the seventh and eighth. Closer Wade Davis survived a 2-walk, HBP scare in the ninth before getting out of the inning with no more runs.
Bryan Shaw closed out the 10th after giving up a lead single to the hot Longoria and a follow-up base knock to Brandon Crawford. Shaw (2-3) got the win for the Rockies.
Defensively only a rare error by Nolan Arenado marred the Rockies performance. They remain second in the NL for fielding percentage.
Iannetta’s walk-off shot in the 10th followed Ian Desmond’s bases-loading single. Following an Arenado walk and CarGo intentional walk, Desmond loaded up the bases for Iannetta who did not disappoint despite an 0-for-22 RISP streak coming into the at-bat.
It was a clutch time for Chris to uncork his only hit of the day although his average fell to .220, he has been trending up for a while. Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 and continues to warm up at the plate. His average has jumped to .184, 14 points over the last two series.
Trevor Story hit his 11th home run and notched his 38th RBI in the win.
The Rockies continue with the Giants today at 6:40 MDT with Kyle Freeland (4-5, 3.28 ERA) taking the start against Jeff Samardzija (1-3, 6.23).