Comeback wins continue to be a frequent theme with these 2013 San Francisco Giants, and Sunday was no different. Down 2-0 after the first inning for the third consecutive day against the Colorado Rockies, the Giants rallied back to win 7-3 to complete a 4-2 homestand that started
The Giants should send a brief thank you note to the gusty winds at AT&T Park, because they surely made their presences felt in a critical moment. Hunter Pence popped up a ball that second baseman D.J. LeMahieu looked to have settled under, that was until the winds veered the ball into shallow right field. The official scorer slapped an error on LeMahieu even though he clearly wasn’t to blame.
Regardless of the scoring decision, LeMahieu’s inability to keep track of the curving ball came back to haunt Colorado. Brandon Belt’s subsequent two-run scored Pence and Marco Scutaro, who led off the inning with a single, and gave the Giants a 4-2 lead. Andres Torres made the error sting a bit more with an RBI double to cap a three-run fifth inning.
And Matt Cain was the biggest beneficiary.
Despite a 38-pitch first inning that saw him surrender two runs on just one hit, Cain picked up his fourth win of the year.
In that first inning, hits weren’t the problem. Walks were. He walked Dexter Fowler, who stole second moments later, walked Nolan Arenado, struck out Carlos Gonzalez and walked Troy Tulowitzki to set up Michael Cuddyer’s two-run double. The Giants lead the National League in first-inning runs allowed, which, if you’ve been following even remotely, shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
Cain walked two batters in the second, including the leadoff batter, but he did not allow a run. He wouldn’t allow another run for the remainder of his start, and the Rockies’ only other run came off Sandy Rosario in the seventh inning.
The Giants continued to pile it on, however. Hunter Pence broke the game open with a bloop two-run double in the sixth inning.
Leading 7-2, Rosario yielded a lead off walk to Todd Helton, a single to LeMahieu and an RBI single to Jordan Pacheco.
Following Cain’s stressful first two innings, Buster Posey smashed his eighth homer of the year off Jon Garland.