Sep 1, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) is congratulated after scoring by right fielder Hunter Pence (8) in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Forced To Accept Split In Double-Header

This afternoon and evening the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies split their doubleheader. This afternoon’s game, which was a resumption of a game suspended due to rain on May 22nd, was won by the Giants while the Rockies stole game two in walk-off fashion.

The first game picked up in the bottom of sixth with Jeremy Affeldt on the mound. With two on, two out, and the scored tied at two apiece Affeldt ended the inning to get things started off right.

The bullpen as a whole would pitch 3.1 shutout innings en route to a San Francisco Giants victory. Sergio Romo pitched the eighth and Santiago Casilla picked up his 14th save of the game.

How did they win?

The Giants scored the only two runs in the remainder of the game in the top of the eighth inning. Hunter Pence doubled to bring in Andrew Susuac and later in the inning Travis Ishikawa singled in Pence. On that same play Buster Posey was thrown out at third and that would end San Francisco’s threat. That would be all the Giants needed though as they took the 4-2 victory.

The later game — which was the regularly scheduled one — was much more topsy-turvy.

The San Francisco Giants started well once again — as they have done over the past few games — by scoring four runs in the first. After five full inning the Giants had a commanding 7-1 lead.

But, they play nine innings for a reason, and the Rockies took full advantage. Colorado would come back with seven runs of their own in the final three innings, including the game-winning single by Charlie Blackmon in the bottom of the ninth off Sergio Romo, to take a 10-9 victory.

Leading the way for the Giants in game 2 were Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence who had three RBI’s each. Crawford finished the night with three hits while Pence’s lone hit was a three-run homer in the first inning.

For Colorado it was a team effort as four different guys had two RBI’s to help beat the red-hot San Francisco Giants. Josh Rutledge, D.J. LeMahieu, Ben Paulsen, and Charlie Blackmon were the ones who had two RBI’s.

San Francisco starter Tim Hudson ended a rough night midway through the sixth inning and finished with five earned runs allowed on seven hits. Hudson pitched to four batters in the sixth without recording an out.

Tomorrow night things return back to normal as Yusmeiro Petit (4-3, 3.44 ERA) takes on Jordan Lyles (6-2, 4.08 ERA) in Petit’s second start since taking over for the struggling Tim Lincecum.

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Tags: Brandon Crawford Hunter Pence Jeremy Affeldt San Francisco Giants Tim Hudson

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