AP Photo, David Zalubowski
A day after winning another one run affair, the Rockies offense decided they didn’t want to play a close game. The Rockies only scored in three inning Saturday evening, but they put up lopsided numbers in all of them to come away with a 12-3 victory over the giants. The offense came in all forms and it also came behind an excellent performance from Antonio Senzatela.
The Rockies started early scoring three runs in the first inning. A triple down the right field line set Nolan up for an RBI opportunity and he delivered with a run scoring single. Mark Reynolds then came up with a man on and two outs and absolutely obliterated a ball to left field. It was Reynolds fifth homer of the season and he now sits at a .339 average through the early goings of April.
The Rockies would score three more runs off of the Giants lefty starter Matt Moore in the fourth inning. Trevor Story would homer to start the inning, and while he did strike out three times, he appears to be heating up a little with his second homer in as many games. Dustin Garneau would then double in Cardullo who walked before being picked off at second. Before the inning would end, Charlie Blackmon would hit a solo shot to straight away center to give the Rockies a 6-0 lead.
The led would prove to be more than enough for Senzatela who would end up allowing only a run on a solo shot to Panik. Senzatela went seven innings with three strikeouts and zero walks on only 90 pitches. The start reinforces the fact that Senzatela is not afraid to pitch to contact and it shows it is working as well, as he has lowered his ERA to 2.08.
In the eighth inning, after the Giants brought the score to 6-3, the Rockies would close the game out with a six run inning. Singles galore would drive in most of the runs with the final two of the inning coming from a Mark Reynolds single, his third and fourth RBIs of the game, coming on his third hit as well. It would be the first time the Rockies scored in double digits and it also raises their run differential to a positive margin, after they were -7 the previous game.
The Rockies will look to close the series out with a hopefully good start from Kyle Freeland. Freeland has had moments where he’s looked good, but he has yet to show the poise and composure Senzatela has. The offense will try and give him an early cushion to hopefully lead to the eventual sweep.