SAN FRANCISCO — The seagulls had been flocking in Hitchcockian trend, many of the crowd of 37,244 at AT&T Park had lengthy since departed, and the Rockies’ offense was scuffling, as soon as once more.
Until the 12th inning when Carlos Gonzalez got here by way of with a game-winning, bases-loaded, two-out single for a nail-biting 5-Three win over the Giants.
“So many guys came through for us tonight,” Gonzalez stated. “It got here down to me, with the bases loaded, and I used to be in a position to contribute. After (San Francisco) got here again to tie the sport, we stayed optimistic in the dugout and we pushed one another.
“Whoever gets the big knock, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if it’s me or somebody else. It’s always great to get a series going with a win, for sure.”
Gonzalez’s two RBIs gave him 700 in his profession with the Rockies, making him the fifth participant in franchise historical past to attain that milestone.
In the decisive 12th, the Rockies loaded the bases on a walks by pinch hitter Chris Iannetta, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado. CarGo’s particular supply was a gentle liner to proper area off right-hander Cory Gearrin. They had been the kind of sensible at-bats the Rockies have wanted, however have typically lacked in first quarter of the season.
“We were patient, and we didn’t expand the zone in that 12th inning,” supervisor Bud Black stated. “They were quality at-bats. Chris set a good example with that first at-bat.”
Colorado improved to 17-9 on the street, thanks, in massive half, to a bullpen that shut out the Giants for six innings. Bryan Shaw struck out the aspect in the seventh, Adam Ottavino pitched two innings, permitting one hit and hanging out three. Lefty Jake McGee pitched two shutout frames, and Wade Davis picked up his 16th save in 18 probabilities. McGee pitched two full innings for the primary time since Aug. 24, 2014 for Tampa Bay in a sport at Toronto.
“I threw only seven pitches in my first inning, so I thought I might come back out,” McGee stated. “To get this win tonight, in 12 innings, was big for us.”
Black, clearly, was thrilled with the job turned in by the bullpen.
“That was yeoman’s work, for sure,” Black stated. “Bryan got us off to a good start, pitching aggressively and striking out the side.”
Overshadowed, however definitely not forgotten in the late-night victory, was a milestone begin by Rockies veteran right-hander Chad Bettis.
One yr and a day after being declared freed from most cancers, Bettis continued his encore efficiency. He was hitting the entire proper notes till the sixth inning, when he walked Buster Posey, establishing Brandon Belt’s two-run homer that simply cleared the right-field wall. Belt’s blast tied the sport Three-Three and he grew to become the primary Giant to homer in 4 consecutive dwelling video games since Randy Winn did it from Sept. 16-30, 2005.
Bettis completed his six-inning stint having yielded three runs with 5 strikeouts and two walks. He received a no-decision, and after 9 begins, he’s Four-1 with a Three.27 ERA.
“It’s been unbelievable for me,” Bettis stated. “Just with all of the guys in the clubhouse who have been with me for a full year now, every step of the way. From being diagnosed twice, to being on the other side of it now, it means a lot to me — how tight of a group we really are.”
On March 10 of final yr, in the center of spring coaching, throughout a repeatedly scheduled most cancers screening, abnormalities confirmed up. A subsequent biopsy confirmed that Bettis’ testicular most cancers had unfold to his lymph nodes. Instead of continuous his baseball profession full go, Bettis started chemotherapy March 20. He had 21 infusions unfold over 9 weeks.
Remarkably, he got here again to make 9 begins late final season, ending 2-Four with a 5.05 ERA.
The Rockies’ superb disappearing offense pulled off the trick once more Thursday night time, getting blanked for 9 consecutive innings till Gonzalez delivered. Colorado had an opportunity in the 10th after back-to-back singles by Gerardo Parra and Arenado, who beat out an infield hit. But Gonzalez — Zero-for-Four with a stroll at that time — grounded out to fizzle the rally.
Trevor Story led off the 11th with a single, however Ian Desmond, mired in a hunch that’s getting deeper by the day, failed to get a bunt down after which grounded right into a double play. Desmond is now batting .167.
The backside half of the Rockies’ lineup, an albatross a lot of the season, delivered big time in a three-run second inning in opposition to San Francisco left-hander Jeff Samardzija. Story, the five-hole hitter, began off the surge with a one-out bloop single to proper, adopted by a Desmond stroll. After Tony Wolters fouled out, second baseman Daniel Castro — a .148 hitter getting into the sport — skidded a two-out, two-run double down the right-field line. Bettis helped his personal trigger by driving in Castro with a pointy single to right-center to put Colorado forward Three-Zero.
Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (Three-Four, Three.42 ERA) at Giants LHP Derek Holland (2-Four, Four.79), eight:15 p.m., Friday; ATTRM, 850 AM
Freeland is in an excellent place. He’s Three-1 with a 1.65 ERA over this final 4 begins, pitching into the seventh inning every time and limiting opponents to a .175 common throughout that span. He is coming off a superb begin vs. the Brewers, marred solely by 4 walks allowed over 6 ⅓ scoreless innings in Colorado’s Four-Zero win. Freeland gave up 4 hits and struck out six. In his lone begin at AT&T Park, on June 28 final season, Freeland took the loss, giving up 4 runs on seven hits over six innings. The Giants hit two homers off him. Holland is coming off a stable begin on Sunday vs. the Pirates when he overcame a season-high 5 walks to pitch 6 ⅓ scoreless innings. He was charged with 4 hits whereas hanging out seven. The Rockies have restricted expertise vs. Holland, aside from catcher Chris Iannetta, who’s batting .357 (10-for-28) with two doubles, one homer and 6 RBIs in opposition to the lefty.
Saturday: Rockies RHP Jon Gray (Four-5, Four.85) at Giants RHP Chris Stratton (Three-Three, Four.60), 2:05 p.m. ATTRM
Sunday: Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (Three-1, Four.30) at Giants LHP Ty Blach (Three-Four, Four.20), 2:05 p.m. ATTRM
Monday: Rockies RHP German Marquez (2-5, 5.15) at Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (2-1, 2.67), eight:10 p.m.