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Rockies 11, Giants 2: Chad Bettis throws a gem, Colorado offense clobbers San Francisco

Well that was fun! Chad Bettis and the Rockies offense beat the Giants.

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Behind the stellar pitching of Chad Bettis and an eight-run fourth inning, the Colorado Rockies' 11-2 victory on Sunday split the series with the San Francisco Giants.

Chad Bettis gave up a hit on the very first pitch he threw, a line drive single that whizzed right by his head, before settling down and mowing through the Giants bats. The Giants didn't get their second hit until the eighth inning, a runner that was quickly erased on a double play. Bettis made the decision to let him pitch into the ninth inning easy, being extremely efficient with his pitch count. Mixing an accurate 94-mph fastball with a 74-mph curveball, Bettis dominated the Giants batters until the ninth, when fatigue finally caught up with a pitcher who had never pitched past the sixth inning in an MLB start. Bettis surrendered two runs in the ninth before handing the game over to Brooks Brown, who finished off the Giants.

After scoring a run in second inning, the Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in fourth inning, scoring eight runs. Starting with a Nolan Arenado single, the scoring was also capped by Arenado's three-run homer down the left field line. Even Bettis got in on the action with a slug bunt that avoided an inning-ending double play while also scoring Nick Hundley from third. The Rockies added runs in the sixth and seventh inning.

The Rockies now hit the road to start a three-game series with the struggling Cincinnati Reds Monday morning at 11 a.m. MT.

Source: FanGraphs

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