If the San Francisco Giants were going to come back after an early third inning six-run deficit, Coors Field was going to be the place to get it done. A night after the Colorado Rockies came back from being down 7-2 to win in a 10-9 walk-off, the Giants found themselves in a similar situation and gave the Rockies a taste of their own medicine. The Giants scored nine runs through the fifth, sixth and seventh inning to lead the Giants to a lopsided 12-7 comeback victory.
The Giants’ comeback started in the fifth inning when they scored their first run of the game off an RBI single by the recently called up Adam Duvall. The very next inning the Giants added on three more runs with two homers from two different catchers. The rookie Andrew Susac had a two-run homer while Buster Posey hit one of his own, his 19th of the season. The pair of home runs brought the Giants within three runs.
The seventh inning was when the Giants really turned this game around. They managed to turn the three-run deficit into a three-run lead. They had six runs and six hits in the inning; a triple, four doubles, and a single. The last time San Francisco had five extra base hits in an inning was back on September 18th of 2011 which was also at Colorado.
The Giants then got a few more insurance runs in the eighth inning when they extended their lead to the final score of 12-7. The Giants’ batters combined for a total of 16 hits on the night. Joe Panik, Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, Posey, and Susac all had multi-hit games. Posey had three extra base hits and four RBI’s, Susac had three RBI’s, and Pence extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
Yusmeiro Petit was the spotlight of the Giants great pitching last week, after taking Tim Lincecum‘s spot in the starting rotation and then retiring 46 batters, a major-league record. He was far from what he was last week and what he has been over the past month and a half. Petit gave up two runs in the second inning on three hits and two doubles.
Then, in the third inning, things really started to fall apart. The inning started off well. Petit retired the first two batters, but Colorado put together a strong two out rally. Drew Stubbs hit a double, and Petit then intentionally walked the next batter, which would be a big mistake.
Josh Rutledge hit a ball into the center field gap for a triple that gave the Rockies a 4-0 lead. Petit was one strike away from getting out of the inning, but DJ LeMahieu took him deep on a 0-2 count to cap the Rockies four run inning, and giving them a 6-0 lead.
Luckily, Petit’s bad outing was saved by the Giants’ lively offense, which has scored 52 runs in their past five games. Although, the Giants bats have been carrying them as of recently, the pitching has been just as impressive. Before the Giants gave up five runs in their 15-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, the Giants hadn’t allowed more than two runs in the five games prior.
If the Giants maintain their balance of scoring and pitching, there is a good chance the Giants won’t only make the postseason but could win their division.