It typical Coors Field fashion, the Rockies won a shootout between them and the Giants by a score of 10-9. There was 19 runs, 32 hits, and an eight run rally by the Giants, but in the end, the Rockies came away with a victory in the ninth, in what was both one of the ugliest and most exciting wins of the season.
The Giants sent Matt Moore to the mound and coming into the game he had a 12.34 ERA against the Rockies at Coors Field. Somehow, the number rose as Moore was absolutely terrible again. The Rockies scored eight runs off of him and tallied eleven hits in only three innings against the lefty.
It started quick with the first five batters for Colorado getting a hit. They would bat around in the inning and score three runs. The same happened in the second, only the Rockies came a batter short from batting around again. However, they scored an extra run, this time getting four in the inning.
The third inning was a much better inning for Moore despite allowing a one out triple to Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon would score on LeMahieu’s single, but after that the Rockies could not get another hit in the inning. That would be the end of Moore’s day as George Kantos replaced him in the fourth.
Jeff Hoffman was respectable on the mound, but he was not very efficient and got through only five, allowing one run and seven hits. He walked three and got into a lot of deep counts which contributed to his early exit, but it was still a fairly good outing from Hoffman.
The real trouble came once the bullpen came on. All five bullpen pitchers allowed at least a run with Mike Dunn allowing three and Scott Oberg allowing two. At the end of the sixth inning, the Rockies had a 9-1 lead. But by the end of the top of the ninth, the game was tied. The bullpen was absolutely terrible from top to bottom and no team should ever have to worry about losing an eight run lead in the final three innings.
Even Greg Holland was bad as he allowed two hits, a walk, and a run, earning his first blown save of the year. Luckily for him the Rockies got him the win in the bottom of the ninth, but it was still a night to forget if you were a bullpen pitcher.
In the ninth, Reynolds started the inning with a single. Ian Desmond was unable to move him up as he popped out, but pinch hitter Cargo walked to put a runner in scoring position. Young Raimel Tapia then continued his recent tear with a ball through the right infield hole for a walk-off RBI single.
This game was still a win, but it is a win you want to forget about, as it should have finished a blowout. The Rockies will need to get some length in this next game to preserve the bullpen, but as seen on Thursday, anything can happen.