David Zalubowski, AP
The Rockies were down two runs going into the ninth inning and had one of the most exciting wins of the season. Of course, any walk off win is one that will be remembered, but going against a division rival and winning a series makes it that much better. The Rockies scored three runs in the ninth to come back and walk off on the Giants. The Rockies bullpen had one of their better performances of the last few weeks and they needed to be that much better because their starter was not that great.
Jorge De La Rosa who normally does well against the Giants, struggled on Wednesday. He got through six innings, but allowed five runs on nine hits. De La allowed a lot of hits in his outing and also put the Rockies down early. The Giants worked out a run in the first with a couple of fly balls to get on the board early.
The Rockies did counter that first inning run with one of their own however, to tie the game up at 1-1. Two quick outs looked to put the Rockies down without a threat in the first, but they managed a little rally after Cargo and Nolan singled to put runners on the second and third. David Dahl then singled in the tying run.
The lead was quickly surrendered in the bottom of the inning after a double and a two run homer by Brandon Belt. The Giants managed one more run in both the fourth and fifth innings and that lead would hold for most of the rest of the game.
The Rockies did threaten to tie the game up in the fourth when they were down 4-1, but they came up a run short. Rookies David Dahl and Tom Murphy hit back-to-back home runs to bring the score to 4-3, but the Rockies couldn’t muster out another run.
The bullpen for the Rockies came on the in seventh with the task of keeping the game close and for what seems like the first time in a long time, they did their job. Justin Miller came on first and got through the seventh inning before allowing a single and retiring a batter in the eighth. Jake McGee then came on and allowed a couple of singles to load the bases before squeaking out of the inning without allowing a run. Jordan Lyles took on the ninth and allowed a double, but nothing else and got out without any harm.
Santiago Casilla came on in the ninth for the Giants to try and close out the game, but he has been unreliable closing games and the Giants and their fans were certainly aware of this. Nolan Arenado led the inning off with a solo home run, his 37th of the year, to put the Rockies down by a run. Casilla then got a strike out of David Dahl before allowing a single to Tom Murphy. Giants manager Bruce Bochy was not going to endure his closer blowing another game, so he decided to try and match up. Charlie Blackmon was pinch hitting and Josh Osich came on to face him. Osich hit Blackmon though and he was quickly removed for Joe Nathan. Hundley singled on a bloop single that only dropped because the Giants were playing no doubles, and with that the bases were loaded. Unlikely hero Cristhian Adames then came up to the plate with a chance to play the hero. He did just that with a double to deep right field that drove in to and allowed the Rockies to walk off with a game and series win.
The series was certainly a good one, but the Rockies would have liked to earn the sweep. They did not do that, but they do need to take the momentum from the walk off win and go out and win at least two of three against the Padres. They have played well against the Padres this year, but playing down to the bad teams has been a bad trend for the Rockies recently.