Game Recap: Rockies 10, Giants 9 (10 innings)
Key to the Game
‘s hot September had cooled during the Colorado Rockies’ five-game losing streak. The end of that streak coincided with a big game from Tulowitzki, who continued to give the Rockies leads they struggled to hold against the San Francisco Giants.
After the Rockies fell behind 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning, Tulowitzki hit a two-run home run off Giants reliever Chris Ray, who entered the game in the middle of Tulowitzki’s at-bat. The home run gave the Rockies a 5-4 lead, which they extended to 6-4 later in the inning.
The Rockies gave the lead right back in the sixth inning and fell behind 9-6 before adding a run in the bottom of the inning. Down 9-7 in the eighth, Tulowitzki doubled off Giants closer Brian Wilson, just missing a home run to right field, to tie the game at 9-9.
In the 10th inning in his second at-bat against Wilson, Tulowitzki lined a single into left-center that scoredall the way from first base.
Tulowitzki, who was 4-for-5, has 15 home runs and 40 RBI in September.
– The Rockies’ starting Nos. 2-5 hitters — Jay Payton, Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and — were a combined 11-for-20 with seven runs scored, eight RBI, a double, three triples and a home run. pinch-hit for Payton in the eighth inning and singled. His pinch-runner, , scored.
– . left the game after the first inning with neck contusion suffered when a throw from catcher bounced and caught him just below his ear. replaced him at second base and was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
– The Rockies first two pitchers — starter and reliever — struggled to hold the leads given to them. Hammel allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings and was relieved by Rogers and the who combined to allow six hits without recording an out. The next set of relievers, Octavio Dotel, , and , combined to allow just one hit in five innings. Dotel, however, allowed a run to score on a wild pitch. Street picked up the win, his fourth.
– The Rockies made two brilliant defensive plays to rob the Giants’ Buster Posey. In the fifth inning, Posey hit a sharp grounder that looked like a sure base hit between third base and shortstop. The ball glanced off Melvin Mora’s glove as he dove and rolled toward Troy Tulowitzki, who picked up the deflected ball and threw Posey out by several steps. In the sixth, Posey hit a liner into the right-center gap for what looked like a sure double. Carlos Gonzalez, however, laid out and snagged the ball mid-dive.