Coors Field strikes again, as the Rockies defeat the Giants 9-2 to take the season series.
San Francisco drew first blood when Gregor Blanco and Joe Panik led off the game with back-to-back singles and Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly to right to make it 1-0. Hunter Pence followed that up with a single to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. He now has scored 100 runs and collected 169 hits, the most in the National League in both categories, a feat that no Giants player has ever accomplished.
Colorado got that run back in the bottom of the second when Corey Dickerson led off the inning with a solo shot. The Giants briefly took the lead in the top of the fifth when Blanco tripled and – who else – Posey singled him home. Posey is now up to .305 with 78 RBIs for the year.
But the Rockies offense woke up in the bottom of the inning and teed off on Ryan Vogelsong. With two outs, Josh Rutledge worked a walk, Justin Morneau singled, and Nolen Arenado put Colorado ahead with a three-run homerun to left. Dickerson followed it up with his second solo homer of the day, and just like that it was 5-2.
The ball continued to carry – for the Rockies at least – in the bottom of the sixth. Michael McKenry led off with a long ball to center. DJ LeMahieu and Kyle Parker then hit back-to-back singles to knock Vogelsong out of the game. He was replaced by Juan Gutierrez, who promptly surrendered a triple to Rutledge and a sacrifice fly to Morneau to make it 9-2.
Vogelsong’s eight runs matched a career-high, as he lasted just five innings and gave up ten hits, two walks, four homeruns, and struck out five.
The blowout did allow several young Giants to make their debuts. Gary Brown was robbed of his first big-league hit by a great catch by Dickerson in left. Erik Cordier made his Major League debut by blowing 101 MPH fastballs by the Colorado batters, and Chris Dominquez grounded into a double play in his first ML at bat.
The Giants will travel to Detroit to face the Tigers starting on Friday.