The Rockies lost their seventh consecutive game Friday night/Saturday morning, falling to the Giants 3-2 in 18 innings of play. The positive takeaway is that the Rockies only lost one game despite playing two games worth of innings. The negative is that, with a 3-11 record, the Rockies are now off to their worst start in franchise history.
A momentary lead
The Rockies got on the board first in the top of the fourth in rather bizarre fashion. With Garrett Hampson on third with two outs, Trevor Story hit what appeared to be an inning-ending pop up to Brandon Belt, however, first base umpire D.J. Reyburn called a balk on Giants starter Drew Pomeranz, who didn’t come set before his pitch, allowing Hampson to score and giving Story new life at the plate.
Story took advantage of that new live, getting a single later in the at bat and scoring on an Ian Desmond double to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead, their first lead in more than a week.
The Giants got a run back in the fourth when Evan Longoria grounded into a double play that brought home Steven Duggar from third. They tied the score at two in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Joe Panik against Rockies reliever Mike Dunn.
A missed opportunity
The best chance for the Rockies to win in nine innings came in the eighth, when they loaded the bases with one out, but Desmond lined to short and Josh Fuentes struck out to end the threat. They also put two on with one out in the 10th, but Story grounded into a double play.
A slog to defeat
The Rockies and Giants both went scoreless from innings 10 through 17. Brandon Belt led off the 18th inning with a double against DJ Johnson. After a couple intentional walks and a sacrifice fly, the Giants found themselves with the bases loaded and one out. The Giants went on to have the most boring walk off imaginable: a fielder’s choice upheld after review. It was also frustrating, as the review was about whether or not Chris Iannetta had his foot on home plate to get the out. He did not.
The Rockies and Giants won’t even get the full day to recover from their Friday night marathon, as they play Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 MT. Kyle Freeland will start against Madison Bumgarner, with both hoping to give length to rest their tired bullpens.