Giants Upend Rockies 11-10, Halt Slide
The San Francisco Giants defeat the Colorado Rockies 11-10, ending their nine-game road losing streak and boosting their wild card chances.
The San Francisco Giants emerged victorious in a thrilling game against the Colorado Rockies, winning 11-10 and putting an end to their three-game losing streak. Thairo Estrada and Joc Pederson were the standout performers for the Giants, both contributing two hits each in a monumental sixth inning that saw the team open up a nine-run lead. This victory was crucial for the Giants' wild card chances, as they had fallen 2 1/2 games behind in the race.
The Giants dominated the game, establishing a commanding 9-0 lead in the sixth inning before the Rockies attempted a comeback. Although the Rockies managed to score four runs in the ninth inning, they fell just short of completing the comeback. With runners at second and third and two outs, pinch-hitter Charlie Blackman hit a soft liner to Estrada at second, sealing the Giants' victory.
This win was particularly significant for the Giants as it brought an end to their longest road losing streak since 1996, a total of nine consecutive losses. The team had suffered defeats in the first three games of the four-game series against the Rockies, putting their wild card hopes in jeopardy. However, their strong performance in this game helped them regain momentum and keep their playoff aspirations alive.
Mitch Haniger played a pivotal role in securing the victory for the Giants, delivering an RBI double in the fifth inning to give his team the lead. Pederson's double in the sixth inning further extended the Giants' advantage to 2-0. Haniger continued to shine with a two-run double, while Brandon Crawford added to the onslaught with a three-run homer off Matt Koch.
On the pitching front, Sean Manaea put in a solid performance for the Giants, surrendering three runs (two earned) and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. It was only his second start since May 10, making his contribution all the more impressive. On the opposing side, Chris Flexen struggled, giving up four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Despite this loss, the Rockies had previously been on a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season.
Heading into the ninth inning, the Giants held an 11-6 lead. However, the Rockies fought back, with Hunter Goodman hitting a sacrifice fly and Kris Bryant capitalizing on a run-scoring error by Giants closer Camilo Doval. Elias Díaz then hit a two-run single, bringing the Rockies within striking distance. However, Giants relief pitcher Taylor Rogers managed to retire Blackmon, securing his second save of the season and sealing the Giants' victory.
This game also saw the resurgence of Haniger, who had been struggling since returning from a fractured forearm on August 29. Prior to this game, Haniger had only managed six hits in 45 at-bats, with three RBIs. However, his performance in this game showcased his true potential and provided a much-needed boost for the Giants. Additionally, Crawford's three-run homer brought his RBI total at Coors Field to an impressive 80, making him the second-highest visiting player in terms of RBIs at the stadium.
In terms of injuries, the Rockies faced a setback as they placed RHP Kyle Freeland on the 15-day injured list due to a right oblique strain. In his place, RHP Noah Davis was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. Freeland sustained the injury in the Rockies' previous game against the Giants, exiting the game after just three innings. Additionally, INF Brendan Rodgers was hit on the head by a pitch from Doval in the ninth inning but managed to stay in the game.
Looking ahead, the Giants will be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks in a two-game series starting on Tuesday. This series presents another opportunity for the Giants to solidify their position in the wild card race and continue their push for a playoff spot.