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It took some generous gifts from the Giants for the Rockies to win again, but during a slump you take anything you get. They also had the benefit of winning on a day the Brewers lost so they were able to take a game back in the wild card.
This was a game that shouldn’t have been as close as it was as the Rockies left on twelve men and went only 2-9 with RISP. They were given eight walks in the game and had nine hits, but scored only four runs. They did however, come back from a deficit, even if it was an early one.
After the Giants had a couple of solo home runs to take a 2-0 lead, Charlie Blackmon countered with a solo shot of his own, his 33rd of the year, to take a run back. The Rockies then got the oh so elusive RBI hit and it came from the least likely of sources, the pitcher. Cha Bettis is a below average hitter, and that is by pitchers standards, but he helped himself to score the game tying run on a single. LeMahieu singled two batters later to give the Rockies a lead, though it would not last.
In the sixth inning, Chad Bettis gave up the equalizer to the Giants by allowing a leadoff double and then a single to score the game tying run. A batter later Bettis would get an out and his day would be done as he went 5.1 innings and allowed three runs with no walks and three strikeouts. It was a decent outing by Bettis who really needed to rebound from a couple of rough starts.
The Rockies bullpen would do a good job of keeping the game tied, giving the Rockies plenty of chance to try and take a lead. It would take until the ninth for the Rockies to finally score and it came after a double and three walks, the last allowing the game winning run to score.
It took a gift but the Rockies won the game and will hopefully take that confidence into Tuesday’s game. There’s no better time than now to get hot and if they can, perhaps they will take some momentum into the one game playoff.