A little snow never hurt anyone, right? Certainly didn’t hurt the Rockies offense on Thursday afternoon as they went on to beat the Giants 12-11 in a good ol’ fashioned Coors Slugfest. Home runs from Nolan Arenado (and one “foul ball” that went to the concourse), Mark Reynolds, and Ian Desmond carried the team to victory and Kyle Freeland recovered from his ugly start last Saturday against the Dbacks. The Rockies had a 12-9 lead heading into the ninth inning, but Wade Davis and the Giants made it more interesting than it should have been.
The Rockies are now 17-20 and officially sent the Giants to the NL West cellar.
Two innings to taco’s
The snow wasn’t holding back the Rockies offense on Thursday. After Trevor Story earned a double when right fielder Steven Duggar slipped, Nolan came up and did this:
A little weather?— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 9, 2019
Snow problem for #NolanBeingNolan pic.twitter.com/F8Zq8hzwf7
And then Mark Reynolds did this for the 298th time in his career:
It might be cold but the bats are HOT pic.twitter.com/5CQOSyiv9a— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 9, 2019
The Rockies left the bases loaded in the first but kept on going in the second. Story reached on a booted ball that turned into a fielders choice, Nolan (who probably homered onto the concourse but was ruled foul and upheld on replay) walked and Reynolds doubled them both in. Two batters later, we had taco’s.
The boys are making it rain...or snow? pic.twitter.com/1dynx8X3uV— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 9, 2019
Of course, the Giants scored eight runs in the cold weather as well, thanks in large part to back-to-back two out walks issued by Bryan Shaw followed by a game-tying home run by Tyler Austin in the 6th, which was his second home run of the game and of the season (#Coors).
Fortunately the Rockies were up to the task today and a two-run double from Chris Iannetta in the sixth gave the Rockies the lead again.
The snow taketh away
It wasn’t all good news with the weather though. In a tumultuous fourth inning both Desmond and Raimel Tapia lost fly balls in the snow, which led to three more Giants runs (only one earned) to make it 7-5.
Kyle Freeland bounces back
One guy who is probably used to this weather is Kyle Freeland and he performed well. He gave up a two-run home run in the third and then allowed three runs (one earned) in the fourth but otherwise had a pretty solid day.
The Rockies welcome the San Diego Padres to town this weekend for the three-game set. Eric Lauer (2-3, 4.30 ERA) will take the mound for the Fathers. According to the Denver Post’s Kyle Newman, Jon Gray will get his start (which was supposed to be Wednesday) moved back to Saturday and German Márquez will start Friday on regular rest.