The MLB record for home runs hit in a season was officially broken today. Hunter Pence took note of this and added to the total with a home run of his own, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 walk off victory over the Rockies.
Johnny Cueto got the nod for the San Francisco Giants and pitched well, despite having control issues. He lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 walks and 2 earned runs, earning a no decision.
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Command issues hurt Cueto in the early innings. In the second inning a lead off walk to Trevor Story eventually turned into a run on a sacrifice fly by German Marquez. Colorado added another run later on in the inning on a two out RBI double by Charlie Blackmon.
Hungry for a lead, Cueto led the fifth inning off with a single to right field. Pence followed with an absolute bomb to straight away center to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. Cueto soaked in every minute of it, trotting as slowly as possible around the bases.
The score would remain the same over the next few innings. Cueto was eventually replaced with two outs in the 7th inning and a runner on first. Steven Okert replaced Cueto on the mound with the task of getting the left-handed Blackmon out, which he did.
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Hunter Strickland replaced Okert on the mound in the eighth inning and gave up a one out double to Carlos Gonzalez. Nolan Arenado followed with a fly out to deep left field, which he thought was a for sure home run. Gerardo Parra was able to bring in the tying run with a two out RBI double, after a nine pitch battle, which included six foul balls.
After Sam Dyson pitched a scoreless ninth inning, the Giants wasted no time putting pressure on Chris Rusin. Sandoval led the inning off with an infield single while hitting right handed, something he has not had much success with in recent years. Ryder Jones followed with a bunt single and Kelby Tomlinson singled to load the bases with nobody out in the inning.
Pence played the role of the hero once again, hitting a walk off sacrifice fly to give the Giants a 4-3 win.