The Giants split the 4 game series today - no torrential rain-outs this time, to finish their visits to Colorado for this year. The place always seems to present some kind of problem. The Giants won the final, though, by a score of 7 - 4 to put the series with the Roxies at 7 wins and 9 losses. That's right, we are in danger of losing the season's series against Colorado with 3 games remaining at the very end of the season. But a win is a win and the Giants showed some offense and picked up number 17 for Madison Bumgarner.
Everyone, except for Juan Perez, got a hit. Gregor Blanco got a hit and scored a run, Kelby Tomlinson got 2 hits including a double and scored once. Matt Duffy hit a bases-loaded triple which scored 2 (Brandon Belt was out at the plate), Buster Posey homered and doubled and scored thrice, Marlon Byrd had 4 hits including a double and had an rbi, Brandon Belt had 2 hits and an rbi and Brandon Crawford hit a double for 2 rbi. The 5th inning was particularly eventful as the Giants batted around and scored 5. Madison Bumgarner, not to be forgotten, also hit a double. The home run was Buster's 100th.
Maddy was on the mound, he threw 100 pitches, allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings, walked a guy and struck out 3. He was good, even if not his best and seemed to have an occasional disagreement about the strike zone. Hunter Strickland threw a very efficient 7th, Lopez and Romo combined for the 8th and Santiago Casilla looked good to finish off the 9th. All of the pitchers kept Arenado and Gonzalez in the park, which is kind of an achievement. Arenado did not get a hit, although Gonzalez doubled. The Rockies had Yohan Flande on the mound, he has pitched in relief and started for Colorado and he was pulled during the Giants romping 5th. Colorado then proceeded through 7 relief pitchers, some of whom you may have heard of.
A win was imperative. The Giants got one and now head to Arizona where a decent offense is also a must. Their backs are still against the wall, which will be true for the rest of the month, if they are lucky. Joe Panik is due back tomorrow. They get a day off Thursday.