Walk-off loss tightens wild card

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Runs come sparingly in San Francisco and Tuesday was no exception, with the winning team scoring only four runs. That winning team was the Giants and it came in the ninth, handing the Rockies a defeat via walk-off. The ninth inning was a disappointing one as the Giants hardly earned the win with hard hits, but that is just the game of baseball.

With the loss, the Rockies now hold only a one game lead over the Brewers in the wild card and if they do not start winning, their chances are going to dwindle. The Brewers have been surging at the right time and even with the Rockies 6-2 road trip a week ago, they kept pace with Colorado. The Rockies control their own fate, holding that one game, and can stay ahead of the Brewers with timely wins and even more timely losses.

German Marquez pitched decently on Tuesday, but may be experiencing some fatigue as his September has been the worst month of the year. He earned the quality start, allowing three runs over six innings, but that isn’t as good as it should’ve been facing a bad Giants team. Only Buster Posey was hitting over .290 in the lineup for Tuesday’s game, but he was not a large contributor in the game, offensively at least.

The Rockies had ten hits on the night and scored only three runs, going 2-9 with RISP. But the big negative for Colorado was grounding into double plays, as they hit into three on the evening. They scored their first two runs from, go figure, a Charlie Blackmon hit. He hit a two-run double to give the Rockies the early lead in the second.

The Giants retaliated with three runs between the fourth and fifth with the big hit coming from Hunter Pence in the fifth. The two-run shot put the Rockies down 3-2 and kept them at that score until the eighth inning. The clutch hit came from Gerardo Parra who doubled down the line with two outs to tie the game. It was the big hit of the game but it only set the Rockies up for disappointment in the ninth.

Chris Rusin came on for the ninth in the 3-3 game and was quickly hurt with soft hits. Pablo Sandoval, a not particularly fleet-footed player, hit a 60′ single up the third base line to lead off with a single. Ryder Jones then earned himself a bunt hit on one that got past Arenado and ended up behind the mound. Kelby Tomlinson hit a soft single through the right side of the infield to load the bases and set up Hunter Pence. With five infielders, Pence lined a ball to center where Cargo made an excellent catch, but it was all for naught as the winning run scored easily from third.

The game was a bad one and the Rockies need to rebound Wednesday afternoon. They have beat up Matt Moore, the starting pitcher of that game, and should do so again to split the series before heading out to San Diego.

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