The Rockies started fast today against Tim Lincecum, whose fastball topped out at just 86 mph. After Charlie Blackmon grounded out to start the game, DJ LeMahieu walked, stole second, and scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single. Tulowitzki scored on a Nolan Arenado double, and Arenado scored on a Wilin Rosario single, giving the Rockies a three run first inning and nearly running Lincecum from the game. The Rockies bats very nearly chased him again in the second after a Brandon Barnes walk and a Charlie Blackmon double. In the end, however, a LeMahieu line drive off of Lincecum's pitching arm finished his day. It was, in a sense, a mercy play, as Giants fans were able to cheer the Cy Young winner as he was removed from what might have been his final start before being removed from the rotation.
The Giants responded with three runs of their own in the third inning, though they got a bit of help from the Rockies defense. Gregor Blanco led off the inning with a single off of starter Chris Rusin, though her was erased at second base on a failed Yusmeiro Petit sacrifice bunt. After Angel Pagan singled, putting runners on first and second, Joe Panik hit a grounder to Rosario that he couldn't field, which loaded the bases with just one out. The Rockies were almost able to get out of it with a double play, but Troy Tulowitzki bobbled a Matt Duffy grounder and was only able to get one out at second. Buster Posey followed that up with a two-run double to tie the game.
The Rockies demonstrated some resiliency by plating two runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead right back. After a Michael McKenry double and a Brandon Barnes walk, Chris Rusin got himself an RBI with a slug bunt that made its way to right field. Blackmon helped get Barnes home with a sacrifice fly, making the score 5-3.
Rusin wasn't exactly sharp for the remainder of his start. In the fifth, Duffy hit a solo homer off of him. Then, in the sixth, Rusin gave up back-to-back singles to Justin Maxwell and Gregor Blanco, putting the go-ahead run on first base with one out in the inning. After some hemming and hawing while Rafael Betancourt got loose in the bullpen, Rusin readied to face pinch hitter Casey McGehee. Rusin escaped the inning by getting McGehee to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. That secured the lead for the time being.
Chris Rusin entered the seventh with 89 pitches—not a lot, but we all knew his leash was going to be short. It turns out, he just needed to come out to put a runner on base and generate an out (although there was almost a double play). Weiss replaced Rusin with Rafael Betancourt, who is really having a rough season after coming back from Tommy John Surgery. Duffy promptly doubled. The only thing that kept Panik from scoring from first was Calos Gonzalez's arm in right field. Betancourt then intentionally walked Buster Posey to load the bases. The double play was in order, but so was what actually happened: Andrew Susac doubled down the right field line to score all three runs, giving the Giants a 7-5 lead.
Blackmon led off the ninth with a walk. Despite a couple of hard hit balls off the bats of Tulo and CarGo, he wasn't able to score. Santiago Casilla closed the game out for the Giants.
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