After another offensive meltdown last night, the San Francisco Giants bats finally woke up as they beat the Rockies. Behind a great start from Johnny Cueto and some key hits, Giants look to gain momentum in the series this weekend.
This game had plenty of pitching, hitting and most importantly, balks? The scoring got started in the bottom of the second with Eduardo Nunez at first base. Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson made a pickoff move to first, but balked in the process. With Nunez moving to second on the balk, Chris Marrero would smash a home run to left for his first major league homerun. San Francisco Giants fans surely rejoiced at some power coming out of left field.
The Giants would make some noise the very next inning with a single from Denard Span, later brought in on a Hunter Pence base-hit. With an early 3-0 lead, Johnny Cueto was cruising right along through four shut-out innings.
Giants started off the bottom half of the inning with a Brandon Crawford solo shot to left, his second homer of the season, extending the lead to 4-0. Chris Marrero would continue to swing the bat well, knocking a solid base hit to right field, making him 2-2 on the early night. Anderson would balk yet again, as he attempted a pickoff move on Marrero.
The very next inning, Cueto would run into trouble as the Rockies strung together a couple hits and a walk to load the bases with one out. A couple runs would come home on a botched double play by Joe Panik, that would have ended the inning. Cueto gets out of the inning, with only two runs scoring, but the Giants lead only two runs now.
The bottom of the seventh was anything but ordinary. The inning got started with a Panik strikeout, but was followed by a very impressive 10-pitch at bat from Johnny Cueto. Span would follow the strikeout with a walk, bringing Belt up to the plate. He would battle just as Cueto did, fouling off pitch after pitch before hitting an RBI double on the thirteenth pitch of the at bat. Following Belts impressive at-bat, Pence would knock him in on a single, adding to the Giants lead. Nick Hundley would keep the hit train moving with a single, as Crawford would follow with a single of his own, knocking in another run. And no the Giants were not done yet. Eduardo Nunez would knock in Hundley with yet another single, extending the lead to 8-2 Giants
After the rough fifth inning, Cueto settled down and dominated over seven innings. His final line for the night is: 7IP, 6H, 2ER, 1BB, 6K’s as he earns his major league-leading third win of the year.
A fun night at the yard for the Giants and their fans, as they picked up a much needed win. Some notes from todays games:
The Giants offense is un-predictable. When everything is clicking, they’re one of the most fun teams to watch swing the bat. The randomness and quirky antics that the Giants are known for, make games so much more fun
Johnny Cueto looks poised for another great season. If he keeps this up, he’ll almost certainly opt-out at the end of the year.
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The bullpen has been solid of late. With the Giants bats heating up, and the bullpen throwing well its a good sign of things to come for the struggling club.
Finals for tonight game:
Giants: 8, Rockies: 2
W: Cueto (3-0, 3.79 ERA) L: Anderson (1-2, 8.59 ERA)
Day game tomorrow as Matt Moore looks to continue his success at AT&T Park, as he takes on Tyler Chatwood.
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