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Recap: Giants Sweep Rockies

By Bryan Rose

That might have been one of the best, if not the best moment, in the last few years other than Bonds doing his thing in 07. And from all people…Edgar Renteria? The same Renteria who’s struggled to hit the ball past the pitcher so many times, or even better, just make contact?

I guess all is forgiven on a single swing of the bat.

For those that missed it, the Giants trailed 2-5 with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning yesterday after Matt Cain was not Matt Cain. With runners on first and second, He Hate Me Fred Lewis came to the plate and quickly sat in a two strike hole, per the normal for him. Miraculously, he was hit by the pitch soon after and trotted down to first base, loading the bases. Rockies manager Jim Tracey figured he’d go with the percentages and bring in standout right handed reliever Rafael Betancourt to face the right handed hitting Renteria – and that was a bad choice. Renteria took the first pitch for a ball and then proceeded to blast the 1-0 pitch well over the left field wall, giving Giants announce Duane Kuiper a massive coronary in the booth and the Giants a 6-5 lead. But we weren’t done yet…

In the top of the 8th, the Bruce Bochy allowed the Rockies back into as recalled lefty Alex Hinshaw  put runners on 1st and 3rd with only one out (and had a runner thrown out via a pickle between 1st and second as well). Once panic mode set in, Bochy relieved Hinshaw with stopped Jeremy Affedlt. The crowd began to grumble with Affeldt starting the batter out 2-0. But then a strike. And another. And an eruption from the crowd as Affeldt struck out the batter. Then came Carlos Gonzales. And after an epic battle, Affedlt struck out Gonzales with a knee buckler in the dirt, sending the sold out crowd into a frenzy.

The Giants then tacked on a few more runs in the bottom of the 8th, sealing the deal and completing their first sweep of the Colorado Rockies since 2005.

In doing so, the Giants closed a 4 game Wild Card deficit in less than a week, as they now sit tied for the National League Wild Card lead with the Rockies. Both teams have off days today.

Here is a video of the Renteria slam – get it while you can, as MLB will delete it soon: