For the second night in a row the San Francisco Giants had a big first inning against the Colorado Rockies, but this time it was against Ublado Jimenez. The Giants scored 4 runs in the first off Colorado’s ace, including a 3 run jack by Pablo Sandoval to take out the NL West leaders for the second time in two nights by a score of 6-3.
Aside from Pablo’s 5th home run of the year, Buster Posey had an RBI single in the first, and Aubrey Huff hit his second bomb of the year in the 7th. Mike Fontenot was on base three times tonight with a triple and two walks, and Pat Burrell was 2-4 with two singles. Aaron Rowand took a pitch to his forearm in the first, causing a contusion, and was pulled for Darren Ford in the second. Ford was 0-2, but had a walk, a stolen base and a run.
Jonathan Sanchez (W 2-1) had a great night on the mound for the G-Men, going for 6.1 innings with only 2 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The first hit, a double by Dexter Fowler, bounced out of Nate Schierholtz’s glove in right field and probably should have been caught. Ramon Ramirez pitched 0.2 innings, giving up a hit and a 2 RBI double to Dexter Fowler (charged to Sanchez), Javy Lopez pitched a perfect 8th inning, while Brain Wilson came in for his 5th save of the season in the 9th.
Ublado Jimenez (L 0-1) looked a bit rusty in his first start since his time on the DL, going 5 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, and six strikeouts. He had 92 pitches in those 5 innings of work, far too many for such a short outing. Dexter Fowler was 2-4 with 2 RBI, Ty Wigginton was 1-2, while the rest of the Rocks went hitless.
Full box score can be found here.
With the win the Giants move to 10-7 on the season and have won 4 of their last 5. The Giants will look for the sweep in their third and final game with the Rox tomorrow with first pitch set for 12:10 PT. Matt Cain (2-0 1.42 ERA) will be on the mound to face Jorge De La Rosa (2-0 3.18 ERA). You can catch the game on CSN Bay Area or KNBR 680 AM.
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