Giants 7, Rockies 3: San Francisco doubles down to take series against Rox

Jason O. Watson

The series loss against the Giants, as well as a win today from Arizona, means that Colorado is now bumped down to third place in the NL West.

The San Francisco team belted out 4 doubles, and a solo home run, to take the game and the series at AT&T Park. Jon Garland was tabbed with his fourth straight loss, allowing 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, 3 doubles and a home run to the San Francisco offense. Matt Cain pitched five innings of 2 hit, 2 run ball, while 6 pitchers came in over the next four innings to finish off the game.

Matt Cain looked very vulnerable in the top of the first. He walked Dexter Fowler to lead off the first. Then, with Arenado batting, Dexter stole second for his eighth stolen base on the year. After walking Arenado, Cain induced a swinging strikeout from Carlos Gonzalez for the first out. He walked Troy Tulowitzki to load the bases before Michael Cuddyer came to the plate. Cuddyer lasered the first pitch he saw for a two run double. It took 13 more pitches to get Todd Helton and Wilin Rosario out.

Meanwhile, Jon Garland looked very sharp in his first inning of work. He induced a quick groundout and flyout before striking out Pablo Sandoval. Despite his tendency to swing at anything that moves, the Kung Fu Panda is not an easy man to strike out. Going in to today, he only had 20 strikeouts in 207 plate appearances, and his two strikeouts today is definitely a bit of an aberration.

After that, Cain seemed to settle down while Garland seemed to unravel. Cain took only 21 pitches to work through the bottom six players in the lineup in the third and fourth innings, and exited the game after five innings with the score tied 2-2.

Meanwhile, the bottom of the fifth took a downturn for the Rockies. After allowing a single to Marco Scutaro, Garland quickly got Sandoval and Posey out. Then, DJ LeMahieu made a critical error: battling the wind, he was unable to catch Hunter Pence's pop-up to shallow right field, which allowed Scutaro to move to third and Pence to get on base. Garland proceeded to allow back-to-back doubles to Brandon Belt and Andres Torres to score three runs. This would ultimately be all the Giants needed to win, as the Rockies were able to muster up only one more run in the game from a Jordan Pacheco RBI single in the 8th.

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