Posey, Pence Lead Giants Comeback Against Rockies
One day after blowing a 7-2 lead and falling to Colorado, the Giants overcame a 6-0 deficit to defeat the Rockies 12-7 on Tuesday night.
Colorado was all over Yusmeiro Petit. Charlie Blackmon led off with a double to left, and Drew Stubbs hit a ball between Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford that Crawford smothered to keep on the infield. But he was unable to get off a throw, putting runners at the corners. Corey Dickerson delivered a two-run, two-out double, and the Rockies were out to a quick 2-0 lead.
They piled it on in the third when Stubbs hit a one-out double and Dickerson was intentionally walked. Josh Rutledge made Petit pay by crushing a two-run triple into the gap in right-center before DJ LeMahieu homered to left, making it 6-0.
Petit gave his team one more inning, but that’d be it for him on the night. He lasted just four innings and gave up seven hits, six runs, one walk, and struck out five. All six of the runs against him came with two outs.
The Giants offense woke up for a minute in the top of the fifth when Gregor Blanco lead off with a single and eventually scored on a two-out single from Adam Duvall.
The Rockies got that run right back, though, in the bottom of the inning off of newly-called up Mike Kickham. Justin Morneau led off with a single to right before Stubbs grounded into a fielder’s choice. Stubbs promptly stole second, scored on a Dickerson single, and it was 7-1.
But then the Giants remembered that they were playing at Coors Field…and they proceeded to score nine unanswered runs. Buster Posey got it started by sending his 19th home run of the year to left. Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to a National League-leading 15 games with a single to center before Andrew Susac launched a two-run shot of his own halfway up the left field bleachers. Suddenly, it was 7-4, and San Francisco was back in it.
The black and orange then unloaded for a six-run seventh inning. Angel Pagan worked a one-out walk, Joe Panik doubled, and both scored on a Posey double. Pablo Sandoval popped out before Pence delivered a single up the middle to tie the game at seven. Back-to-back doubles by Blanco and Susac made it 9-7, and Crawford’s RBI triple scored Susac and capped off the rally. Matt Duffy – who led off the inning with a ground out – ended the inning with a strike out.
Because no lead is safe at Coors Field (as the Giants so painfully learned on Monday), the San Francisco offense added a couple of insurance runs in the eighth. Panik singled, move to second on a wild pitch, and scored on another Posey double. Posey’s now batting .302 with 19 home runs and a team-leading 76 RBIs on the year.
The Giants bullpen also made a nice recovery from Mondays game. George Kontos (4-0), Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo, Jean Machi, and Javier Lopez shut-out the Rockies for the final four-and-two-thirds innings.
With Milwaukee, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh all losing on Tuesday, the Giants now have a two-and-a-half game lead in the Wild Card. They also kept pace with the Dodgers and remain two back in the West. Ryan Vogelsong will get the nod in the series finale on Wednesday as he takes on Christian Bergman.by