The Sim Rockies put together an impressive team win on all sides against the Giants in San Francisco. It got a little hairy early when starting pitcher Drew Smyly was hit by a pitch in the third inning and subsequently came around to score on an RBI double by Hunter Pence after two loud outs by Wilmer Flores and Brandon Crawford (like, on the track, inches from the wall loud outs), but the Rockies rallied through three multi-run late innings to secure the victory.
Three big innings
The Sim Rockies were down early, but they didn’t let it get to them. Nolan Arenado started the rally in the fifth with an RBI single to tie up the game. Then Daniel Murphy hit a two-run double to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead. They extended their lead to 5-1 in the seventh with an RBI single from Charlie Blackmon and a sacrifice fly by Ryan McMahon (his only non-strikeout of the night). However, Carlos Estévez nearly blew it when he gave up a leadoff three-run homer to pinch hitter Rob Brantly — his first of the simulated season. Not a great way to start off that appearance. Luckily the Sim Rockies continued to battle, with Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado plating two more runs in the eighth to secure both sim taco’s and the victory.
Blackmon not second best
Charlie Blackmon batted out of the two-hole for the first time in 2020 and he seemed to quite enjoy it. Blackmon went 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored. Nolan Arenado, Daniel Murphy, and David Dahl also each had two-hit nights.
On the pitching side, Jon Gray howled through six innings. He gave up three earned runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Scott Oberg secured the one-inning save with two strikeouts and a walk.
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The Sim Rockies will look to continue their momentum by the bay. Hopefully the struggling Germán Márquez can channel some of the magic from his one-hitter last April against Giants’ righty Dereck Rodríguez. First pitch is at 7:45pm MT!