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Madison Bumgarner allowed 4 runs in the second inning against the Rockies and then shut them down. The Chad Bettis went 6 competitive innings, but in the end game up five runs on eight hits.
The Rockies got off to a good start in this game. After going down in order in the first, they came back in the second to get something going. Nolan Arenado started the inning with a double and Mark Reynolds followed that up with an RBI single. Ryan Raburn then topped a ball down the third base line for an infield hit to put two on for Gerrardo Parra. Parra grounded a ball to second and it looked like the Giants might turn two. Brandon Crawford couldn’t handle the throw however, and it squirted away far enough for everyone to advance and for Reynolds to score.
Some small ball allowed the Rockies to score two more in the inning. A Dustin Garneau sac fly and a Chad Bettis safety squeeze score the other two runs of the inning giving the Rockies a 4-0 lead.
Sadly, the lead would start to shrink quickly. Brandon Belt reached on a walk and Hunter Pence singled to bring Brandon Crawford to the plate. He then smashed a home run to right field to put the game to 4-3. The score would remain that way until the fifth inning. Denard Span singled and then a Matt Duffy triple drove him in to tie the game at 4-4. Hunter Pence then drove Duffy in to give the Giants the lead.
The four run second inning was the only offense the Rockies could get going and their pitching could not hold that lead. Madison Bumgarner and the Giants bullpen could hold their lead and the Rockies went down without much of a threat through the final seven innings getting only five hits, all singles, scattered throughout the final innings. Madison Bumgarner finished with a line of 7.1 innings pitched, four run (three earned), and ten strikeouts against one walk.
The Rockies won’t have a much easier matchup on Saturday afternoon as they face Johnny Cueto. Jon Gray takes the hill for the Rockies and will look to build on his solids outings this year and hopefully earn his first Major League win.