A 10-6 win for the Rockies came on the back of the offense (go figure). The Rockies hit for a franchise high (tied) 12 extra base hits coming from players throughout the lineup. Jordan Lyles didn’t have a great game despite his hot start. He ended up only going 4.2 innings and gave up 5 runs.
The bullpen, specifically Chris Rusin, was able to pick Lyles up however and kept the Giants offense in check for the last 4.1 innings of the game. Rusin pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and kept the Giants without a hit before Walt handed the ball off to the brightest spot of the Rockies bullpen this season so far, Miguel Castro. Castro allowed his first blemish of the season, a solo homer coming off the bat of Brandon Belt, but that is forgivable considering he has been fantastic so far and it didn’t cost the Rockies the win.
An 18-hit offensive showcase from the Rockies allowed them to score 10 runs, with 6 of them coming off of the Giants starter Jake Peavy. Peavy was able to go only four innings on 83 pitches.
Every player in the Rockies lineup was able to reach base, and all but Nick Hundley managed a hit. 6 of the 8 starting position players got an extra-base hit and the offense didn’t cool down all night.
The scoring started early with Blackmon scoring on a Trevor Story sac fly, after Blackmon had hit a triple. Cargo followed that up with a triple of his own and scored on an Arenado ground out. From there, the offense was able to convert with hits instead of outs and they took off. An Arenado bomb in the fourth put the Rockies up 4-2 and a double from Arenado in the fourth put the Rockies up 6-2.
The Giants came storming back in the fifth to cut the Rockies lead to 6-5, but from there the offense fell asleep. Belt hit a homer in the eighth, but that was the only hit they managed after the fifth.
The Rockies continued to pile the runs on. Cargo drove in a run with a single in the sixth, but the big hit came off the bat of Arenado in the bottom of the eighth. With two men on, Arenado launched a shot to right for his 5th, 6th, and 7th RBIs of the night.
Trevor Story came short of hitting two home runs due to the Rockies increased fence size in right-center field. Instead, the rookie shortstop settled for two triples.
Ben Paulsen went 3-4 on the night. The hitting performance should give Walt some more confidence to run him out there against righties more often and let the platoon behave the way it should be.
The first five hitters for the Rockies went 14-24 with 10 runs scored and 9 RBI.