The Rockies usually find difficulty scoring at AT&T Park, but the task is even greater when the 3-4-5-6 slots in the A-lineup (Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton and Michael Cuddyer) are all injured. Wilin Rosario isn't hurt though.
The Rockies' lineup limped through most of the game, but Rosario shattered the shutout with a two run home run in the eighth inning. It was his 25th on the season, which ties Todd Helton for the franchise record by a rookie. A big congrats to the Rockies' catcher. The Power Sieve did not have a passed ball in the game, but he did fail to corral two Josh Roenicke wild pitches that led directly to a run.
Otherwise, Colorado's offense was mostly dormant against an enigma of a pitcher.
The first batter Tim Lincecum faced in 2012 was Willie Bloomquist. He singled. The second was Chris Young, who homered, meaning The Freak had allowed two runs before he recorded an out this season. His ERA would go down from there, but as you may know, it didn't go down that much. In fact, Lincecum carried an ERA every day of this season...until tonight.
Lincecum won in consecutive starts (both against the Rockies) for just the second time this season and first since April. Insodoing, his ERA dropped below five (to 4.91) for the first time. His counterpart Jeff Francis was okay, allowing two runs in five innings on six hits.
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