Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario both homered in the first inning, Rosario’s with two runners on base, and the Colorado Rockies went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 8-2. Ryan Vogelsong started and gave up five earned runs, on six hits with three walks, exiting after one and a third innings.
Additionally, Charlie Blackmon went deep twice and Corey Dickerson added a two-run shot, Dickerson’s homer coming with Rosario on base, to bring the Rockies’ total to eight runs, on five big flies. For Colorado, Jorge De La Rosa pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits with three walks.
David Huff relieved Vogelsong and got out of the second inning, but injured a quad muscle, running the bases, after singling to lead off the third inning. He would eventually score the Giants’ first run, but was removed from the game afterwards. Yusmeiro Petit came on to pitch the third inning and was greeted by the Dickerson home run which capped off the Rockies’ scoring. He pitched a total of four innings, giving up just the two runs.
The Giants’ offensive collapse was compounded this evening by the strikeout ball. At one point, five Giants in a row struck out. Altogether, eleven Giants fanned, including Michael Morse three times. San Francisco managed to put one more run one the board with two outs in the ninth, when Gregor Blanco’s ground ball was misplayed, allowing Brandon Belt to score the second run of the game.
This game was decided in the first inning, and it was all downhill from there. Ryan Vogelsong took a huge step backward, David Huff’s quad injury will have to be assessed and somehow the Giants have got to put all that firepower that the Rockies trotted out there tonight, behind them.
The best way is to have Madison Bumgarner come on tomorrow night and slam that door shut quickly, before Colorado gets it into its mind that they can have their way with Giants’ pitching at will. Either that, or the Giants need to start fighting fire with fire by heating their own bats up. After all, I was getting kind of tired of one-run games, but they suddenly don’t look so bad.