(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Rockies broke a team single inning record on Thursday night as they went off in the fifth inning for a whopping 13 runs. It was the most the Rockies have ever scored in an inning and the most runs scored in the fifth inning by an NL team since 1890. The Rockies offense was firing on all cylinders in an offensive game. The Giants scored seven runs of their own, but could not overcome the deficit put up by Matt Cain and Vin Mazzaro.
The game started pretty differently from most AT&T night games with the Rockies scoring four runs in the first two innings and the Giants scoring three runs in the first two. Matt Cain retired the first two Rockies batters, but Carlos Gonzalez reached base on a single and Nolan Arenado came to the plate. Nolan has been fantastic at AT&T in his career. Last year he hit six home runs there and this year he started on the same not. Arenado drove a ball to left field for a two run bomb and the Rockies were up by two early. A Gerrardo Parra double and an RBI single by Mark Reynolds earned the Rockies one more in the inning.
Chris Rusin had a rough start similar to Cain’s. Denard Span doubled and Matt Duffy singled to put two on for Buster Posey. Posey then doubled down the line to score both runners and cut the lead to one.
The second inning saw each team score another run apiece and put the game at 4-3. In the third, the Giants almost tied the game up. Back-to-back singles put two men on for Brandon Crawford when he lined a base hit to right. Cargo came up with the ball quickly and cut down Buster Posey at home with a perfect throw to keep the lead for the Rockies.
The game would slow down until the fifth inning. Trevor Story started the inning with a home run and from there it was all down hill for the Giants. I’ll run through the inning in which 17 batters came to the plate quickly. Following the Story home run, Cargo doubled, Nolan reached on an error, Gerrardo Parra hit an RBI single, Mark Reynolds reached on an error, Tony Wolters hit a two-run double, Rusin grounded out, DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single, Charlie Blackmon hit a run scoring double, Trevor Story singled in a run, Cargo walked, Nolan was hit by a pitch to score a run, Parra singled in two more runs, Reynolds doubled in another run, Wolters struck out, Rusin singled in a run, and the inning finally ended with a DJ ground out. It was truly a spectacular inning to watch and a dumpster fire of an inning for the Giants. It is the second time this season they have given up at least 12 runs in an inning, the other coming against the Mets earlier this season on April 29th.
For the Rockies every starter had a hit, every starter scored a run except Rusin, and every starter had an RBI except Cargo. The Rockies tallied 17 hits on the night and put a dent in the Giants bullpen early. The Giants did come back to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it was not nearly enough to make this a close game.
It is worth noting that coming into this game that the Giants had only one error in the previous ten games. In the fifth inning they had two errors alone. The bad defense certainly helped the inning, but the pitching was also largely to blame.
The Rockies will face a much more difficult matchup in MadBum on Friday as the counter with Bettis. The offensive momentum will definitely be needed if they want to win this game and give them a split road trip.