To say it was a wild night at Coors Field on Wednesday would be a gross understatement as the San Francisco Giants took on the Colorado Rockies, one game after Barry Zito blanked the Rox for their first win of the year.
But it was bad news from the get go as Tim Lincecum threw his shortest outing as a professional, while the bullpen couldn't get it right either, though the Giants offense tried their best to get back in the game. After all the dust settled the Giants would eventually fall by the score of 17-8 in a game that saw 34 total hits and each team hang a seven-spot in an inning.
Timmy was roughed up by Colorado's one-two punch of Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki in the first after an RBI triple and RBI groundout made it 2-0, followed by a big third inning which consisted of another Gonzalez triple, a run scored off a wild pitch and four more runs off Lincecum.
All-in-all Timmy was pulled after 2.1 innings of work, with six earned runs on eight hits along with two walks and three strikeouts. And that's when the game got interesting.
San Francisco would put together a seven-run inning in the fourth, started off by back-to-back solo shots from Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford. Nate would get the go-ahead RBI that inning as well after the Giants batted around, plating Gregor Blanco with a RBI sacrifice fly to make it 7-6. In between Melky Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez would plate the other four RBI.
Just when the game seemed to take a turn in the Giants favor, the Rockies opened up the flood gates again, this time off of Guillermo Mota and Jeremy Affeldt, plating 10 runs in two innings of the pair of relievers, none of which came from the long ball, making it 16-7.
Nate Schierholtz would blast his second homer of the game in the seventh, but Michael Cuddyer scored an RBI double off of Brian Wilson to keep the nine run gap, finishing the game 17-8. Mota would earn the loss, while Matt Reynolds the win for Colorado.
San Francisco used five relievers, Ryan Theriot played some left field, even Buster Posey got an at bat despite missing the game due to shingles. Five Rockies players had double-digit RBI's (Carlos Gonzalez had four), while eight had double-digit hit totals. Tyler Chatwood earned his first save with his three innings of work, while San Francisco also committed three errors.
Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for San Francisco on Thursday, facing off against Jaime Moyer, each looking for their first victory of the year. First pitch is set for 12:10 p.m. PT.
Full box score can be found here.
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