San Francisco Giants Impact NL Wild Card Race with Sweep of Rockies
By Jake Mastroianni
The San Francisco Giants may be out of contention, but they’ve made their mark on the National League Wild Card race by sweeping the Colorado Rockies.
I don’t know if you can call a two-game series a sweep, but for how bad this season has gone, I’m calling it a sweep for the Giants.
The Rockies entered their series with the Giants just two games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the second Wild Card spot.
The Giants won game one on a walk-off sacrifice fly. The Milwaukee Brewers also won that night, bringing them to within a game of the Rockies.
On Wednesday night, the Brewers lost to the Pirates, but the Giants were able to help them stay just a game back by beating the Rockies 4-0.
We got to see the good Matt Moore on Wednesday as he pitched six scoreless innings. He allowed six hits and two walks, but struck out six. The bullpen was lights out the final three innings not allowing a walk or a hit.
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Joe Panik continued his hot second half going 3-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI.
The first six hitters in the Giants lineup accounted for all of the offense on Wednesday. The 2-5 hitters each picked up a single RBI.
By taking two games from the Rockies, the Giants also helped the Arizona Diamonbacks increase their lead on the first wild card spot. They are now 5.5 games ahead of the Rockies with just nine games left.
The Rockies now go to San Diego and face the Padres for four games. Then they finish the season at home against the Marlins and Dodgers.
Meanwhile, the Brewers start a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, and then host the Cincinnati Reds for three games. They finish the year on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals, who are just 2.5 games back of the second wild card spot.
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That will be an interesting race to finish the season, and I’m glad the San Francisco Giants could be a part of it all.