David Zalubowski, AP
Tyler Anderson followed up Chad Bettis’ outing with a great one of his own. Anderson wasn’t as stellar, but he still performed well enough to earn the win, had the rest of the team not failed him. A ninth inning error proved to be costly and without much help from the offense, the Rockies could not pull out a win.
Anderson continued what is probably the best rookie season for a Rockie ever. He went 7.1 innings while allowing two earned runs on six hits. Unfortunately for Anderson, Jeff Samardzija was terrific as well. He allowed the same amount of runs on four hits, but also struck out nine Rockies. Samardzija has been great at Coors Field and he continued that on Tuesday.
This was a game that the Rockies just didn’t play that well. The offense didn’t come up with a bit hit (or many hits at all), the bullpen allowed a run when they needed to shut it down, but most importantly, the defense failed them when they needed to get the out.
Daniel Descalso was really the main cog in the Rockies not keeping the game tied at 2-2. The first batter of the ninth inning, Buster Posey, reached when Descalso’s sailed on him and got past the glove of Gerrardo Parra. That allowed Posey to move up to second. Hunter Pence then came up and reached on an infield single on another play the Descalso probably should’ve made. It was a slow bouncer that Descalso just couldn’t get to quick enough. While it was harder play than the pervious one, had the error not been made, the run may not have scored.
With nobody out and runners on first and third, all the Giants needed was to get the ball in play. Boone Logan came on for Ottavino and struck out Brandon Crawford for the first out. The next batter Kelby Tomlinson singled in the run, for what would be the winning run of the game.
The only runs for the Rockies came because of Raimel Tapia. The first came when he walked, stole second, and scored on an infield single by LeMahieu. The only other run the Rockies scored came when Tapia hit a sac fly to earn his first career RBI. Two runs was not enough to earn the win and the series evened out at a game apiece.
The Rockies will try and win the rubber match on Wednesday with Jorge De La Rosa on the mound. De La will try and keep the Giants offense down and hopefully the offense for the Rockies will be looking to redeem their dismal performance on Tuesday. Winning a series is important to stay in it and even if a sweep was better, winning a series is the first step.