Another offensive outburst for the Rockies gave them their second series win of the year and first at home. The final score was 11-6 and even though the Rockies had three errors, all from pitchers, the kept the Giants from rallying.
Jorge De La Rosa had his best outing yet, going 6.2 innings while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on only 4 hits. De La also managed 7 strikeouts and only walked 1. It was by far the best game for De La Rosa and it also came at a time that gives the Rockies a key win against an NL West rival. Two of the runs came with De La on the mound, but the other run came with Justin Miller on the mound.
Matt Cain was roughed up in his 4.2 innings pitched. Cain allowed 6 runs, all earned, on 6 hits. All of the runs came in the Rockies huge 9 run fifth inning.
The inning started with a Gerrardo Parra home run, his first as a Rockie. From there, Jorge De La Rosa threw out a hit that drove in two. It was De La’s third hit of the year and second of the game, which was as many as he had last year in 50 plate appearances. From there, Nolan Arenado kept the rally going by driving a two run double to left. Then, with the bases loaded, Mark Reynolds hit a ball to center that cleared Denard Span and cleared the bases. The scoring was capped with a single coming off the bat of Ben Paulsen, who was playing left field today with Reynolds at first.
The Giants threatened in both the seventh and eighth innings, but the bullpen got the clutch outs they needed to keep the Giants at bay. Chad Qualls did give up a two run home run off the bat of Brandon Belt, but he kept any further damage from being had. Boone Logan then threw a scoreless ninth and gave the Rockies the win.
The Rockies go to Chicago starting tomorrow and will face a world series favorite Cubs team. The Rockies pitchers need to keep the momentum and if they do, the offense will hopefully be able to outslug the dangerous Cubs lineup.