When the Giants started the game off with three doubles in a row, it turned out to be a sign of what was to come. The final line included one homer, two triples, and seven doubles as they piled up the extra hits and converted them to 11 runs in another beatdown on Tuesday night. The Giants were marksmen in dropping doubles in the gaps and down the lines. Stephen Duggar continued to be a dagger in the Rockies side with two triples and a double with three RBI, while Mike Yastrzemski also drove in three runs. The Rockies, on the other hand, went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.
In the end, at least Bark at the Park night provided a lot of cute dogs at Coors Field.
Introducing the Boop Cam© pic.twitter.com/UyhjQnPLci— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 8, 2021
At least the Rockies broke Webb’s streak
Entering the game, San Francisco starter Logan Webb had 14 straight starts where he gave up two or fewer runs. The streak ended Tuesday night. The Rockies scored their first run when Charlie Blackmon singled in the fourth and C.J. Cron followed with a double to make it 5-1. Through four innings, the Rockies had four hits with two apiece from Blackmon and Cron, who ended the game with three hits, including two doubles. The Rockies added two more in the seventh when Ryan McMahon led off with a double, Garrett Hampson followed with an infield single, and Joshua Fuentes stepped up with an RBI double. Rio Ruiz chipped in an RBI single to conclude the Rockies offense. Webb finished with giving up three earned runs on nine hits in seven innings with no walks and six strikeouts.
Maybe four outfielders could have helped the Rockies
This was rough from the get go for Chi Chi González. Tommy La Stella, Brandon Belt, and Buster Posey opened the game with consecutive doubles and Brandon Crawford added an RBI single in a first inning that ended with the Giants up 3-0 and had Ashton Goudeau warming up in the bullpen. All night, the Giants used the vast real estate in the outfield to move guys around the bases. After recording one out in the second, González once again got pounded by the Giants. Steven Duggar hit his first of two triples of the night, San Francisco pitcher Logan Webb hit an RBI double, and La Stella added an RBI single to make it 5-0. After Belt singled, Chi Chi’s night was done with a line of five runs on eight hits (four doubles and a triple) and no walks in 1 1/3 innings.
Good show for Goudeau, until it wasn’t
Ashton Goudeau relieved González and got off to a great start in stranding the two base runners he inherited by getting Posey to ground into a double play – one of three the Rockies turned on the night.
EXACTLY how we drew it up pic.twitter.com/se26rHJ0hF— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 8, 2021
Goudeau gave up a double in each of the next two innings, but no damage was done. In the fifth, the Giants added to their lead after Goudeau gave up another double and walk, despite getting two outs. He left with two runners on, but Robert Stephenson walked Yastrzemski to load the bases before Duggar hit a bases-clearing triple to make it 8-1.
Fernández continues to figure out the MLB
In his second major league appearance, Julian Fernández continued to show promise, but also gave up another homer. He opened up the seventh with 12 straight four-seam fastballs and it resulted in a walk to LaMonte Wade and a single to Crawford. He then got Evan Longoria to ground into a fielder’s choice to get one out, before Yastrzemski hit the only homer of the game – a two-run shot to make it 11-1. Fernández then struck out Duggar with an 87-mph changeup that followed a 99-mph fastball. He hit triple digits once on the radar gun (100) and fair much better when he varied his pitches, throwing five changeups in his last 11 pitches.
Bard’s struggles continue
Throwing a wild pitch and hitting a batter, Daniel Bard didn’t have much control on Tuesday night. Even though the game was well out of hand (11-3) by the time he entered in the ninth, Bard allowed three Giants to get on base – through a HBP, a walk, and a single. He only gave up one run on a Yastrzemski single, but it could have been worse if Dom Nuñez didn’t throw out Crawford at third when he tried to advance on the wild pitch.
The Rockies and Giant will conclude the series on a Wednesday get-away game at 1:10 p.m. Jon Gray (7-10, 4.13 ERA) will return from the 10-day DL, where he was placed on Sept. 1 with right forearm tightness, to make the start for the Rockies. The Giants will send out righty Anthony DeSclafani (11-6, 3.24).