This has been a good week for the SF Giants as they took the series against both the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies, but the Rockies’ series might not have been won without Brandon Crawford’s bat.
SF Giants Highlight: Crawford’s Game-Changing Blast
Crawford played the hero on Friday by hitting a go-head, 2-RBI double to help notch the victory against the Rockies in the home opener. He returned on Saturday for the sequel, and sometimes, the sequel is better than the first movie:
Crawford’s three-run blast on Saturday was The Dark Knight, whereas his two-run double on Friday was Batman Begins. On a different note, the 34-year-old would be a wonderful Bruce Wayne/Batman, but that is neither here nor there.
Before Crawford’s blast, the Giants struggled to scratch runs across the board against Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez. Once he was removed, Rockies reliever Ben Bowden battled command problems and that gave the Giants just enough room to do damage.
Crawford’s home run put the Giants at a 4-3 advantage against the Rockies. It was the second time in as many days that the longtime Giants shortstop gave them the lead late in the game.
That was all of the offense that San Francisco needed. Logan Webb provided five innings of three-run ball, and he was followed by a quartet of relievers consisting of Caleb Baragar, Reyes Moronta, Tyler Rogers, and Jake McGee.
The bullpen combined to yield only one hit in four scoreless innings to secure the victory and the series against the Rockies. However, the win on Saturday would not have been possible without Crawford’s timely home run.
San Francisco is now 5-3 (+1 run differential) and, even though it is early in the season, they are beginning to look like they are going to be a pest in a tough National League West Division. If the Giants are going to play meaningful games in September, then they will need to do well against teams like the Rockies. So far, they have held up that part of the bargain and that is due in part to Crawford’s contributions at the plate.