San Francisco Giants Come Back to Beat Colorado Rockies
The San Francisco Giants came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 today at AT&T Park.
The Giants overcame a dominating performance by Colorado’s Jason Hammel.
Hammel allowed two hits, two walks and one run in seven innings. He also struck out four.
The first baserunner he allowed was Brandon Crawford, who walked to lead off the third.
He then proceeded to retire the next 11 batters before he walked Andres Torres with two outs in the sixth.
Up to that point, Hammel had a no-hitter going. Miguel Tejada changed that with a single to right that pushed Torres to third.
Freddy Sanchez came up next with San Francisco’s second hit of the day to score Torres and put the Giants on the board.
That tied the game at 1-1.
In fifth inning, Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong made his only mistake of the day, surrendering a two-out solo shot to Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta.
In the bottom of the eighth, Colorado opted to bring in a reliever, which worked in the Giants’ favor.
Matt Lindstrom walked the leadoff batter — Pat Burrell, hitting for Eli Whiteside. Burrell was replaced by pinch runner Manny Burriss.
Vogelsong bunted Burriss into scoring position. A passed ball put him 90 feet from home. Finally, a Torres single brought him the rest of the way in and gave the Giants a 2-1 lead they would not let go.
They threatened to add more as Tejada singled and went to second on a wild pitch, but Sanchez grounded out to end the inning.
Brian Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth against Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki for the save.
Wilson made it look easy, despite his usual tendency to not let Giants fans forget why they were tagged with the “torture” moniker and in spite of the success Gonzalez and Tulowitzki have had against him in the past.
Gonzalez came in hitting .429 off Wilson but wound up striking out. Tulowitzki entered with a .333 mark against the Giants closer, but he grounded out on the first pitch.
Had anyone reached base, up next would have been Todd Helton, who holds a .385 career average against Wilson.
Vogelsong turned in yet another stellar performance for the win.
He went eight innings, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk, while fanning seven. His ERA is now 1.68
Tulowitzki gave Giants fans a bit of a scare in the fourth.
He hit a groundball to Miguel Tejada, who made an offline throw to Aubrey Huff, pulling him off the base.
Huff tagged Tulowitzki out, but in his attempt to reach safely, Tulowitzki sort of leaped towards first, throwing his arms up. In the process, he inadvertently whacked Huff in the mouth.
Though Huff did appear slightly shaken up, he was fine.
Gonzalez struck out four times — something he had not done in a game since 2009.
The Rockies have now scored four runs or less in 18 straight at AT&T Park, which is the longest active streak in the majors for games with no more than four runs at one opponent’s stadium.
The Giants face the Washington Nationals 7:15 p.m. PDT tomorrow at home.
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