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After scoring ten runs on Thursday, the Rockies came back to score ten more on Friday while tallying another fifteen hits. While the pitching was less than good again, the Rockies will certainly be happy to take wins any way they can get them.
This game was not the bullpen collapse that Thursday’s game was, but there was still some struggling late and some early runs given up that made this game close. Antonio Senzatela struggle a bit, especially when giving up the long ball, and went six innings while allowing five runs.
This was one of those games where every mistake Senzatela made, the Giants punished. They had three home runs, but they also struck out six times and grounded out nine. Those are both positives that Sensei can take away from the game, but not missing location is important as good major league hitters will punish them.
Luckily for Senzatela, the Rockies were there to back him up scoring a boatload of runs. It took until the fifth to really get going, but when they got going it was looking good. The first run of the inning was an RBI triple by Blackmon and then he scored on LeMahieu’s single. The single by LeMahieu was one of four hits, his second straight game with that many.
The big hit of the inning came after Nolan Arenado singled to put two on. With two outs, Ian Desmond fought off a couple pitches until he got one he could handle and he deposited it into the right field seats for a three run homer. It was his fifth home run as a Rockie and his first one at home. It also gave the Rockies a 6-4 lead.
The Rockies would get a little bit of insurance in the sixth and seventh innings. Trevor Story came off the bench for a pinch hit home run in the sixth and the Rockies got a few more hits to score three runs in the seventh.
But just like Thursday’s game, the Giants came rallying back. Chris Rusin entered the game in the eighth, but struggled for what seems like the first time this year. He gave up three runs in the inning and the Rockies 10-5 lead shrunk to 10-7.
Greg Holland came on for what should have been an easy save, but Holland has been struggling just like the rest of the bullpen and even allowed a run in the inning. With runners at first and second and one out, Holland shut the door getting a strike out and ground out to close the game for his 24th save.
If there is one thing Kyle Freeland needs to do on Saturday, it is get deep into the game. The bullpen is clearly worn down and getting through only five is only going to exasperate the issue. The Rockies can slug their way into another win, but that does not help them down the stretch when they need fresh arms.