The San Francisco Giants battled their way out of a rough start and ended the night with a bang in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. The Giants began the game with an ominous two error first inning, but it would be Buster Posey’s ninth-inning, two-run homer off Juan Nicasio that would silence the doubters and send the Giants home with a walk off win. The hit served as Posey’s third home run in two games.
“This is a fun time of year,” said Posey, who also had a single for the evening. “We’re fortunate to be fighting for the division and just trying to get in the playoffs. All of us know what this team is capable of doing if we do get in the playoffs. “
Posey wasn’t the only one with notable achievements. Immediately after Posey’s homerun, the scoreboard flashed a congratulatory message to Manager Bruce Bochy, who since joining the Giants in 2007 has 951 wins and passed the 1,600th win mark as of last night, giving the Giants their 70th of the season. He now ranks 19th among managers, passing Tommy Lasorda.
To add to last night’s accolades, Pitcher Tim Hudson collected his 2,000th strikeout, delivering a solid performance on the hill before being replaced by Santiago Casilla. Bochy pulled Hudson after just 87 pitches, and Hudson himself was unsure if he was coming out after getting a handshake from Bochy at the end of the inning, insisting he had no idea he reached 2,000 strikeouts. Hudson is among four active pitchers to reach that mark, including CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Bartolo Colon.
The Giants had still not hit their full stride as the torture ball continued and reliever Santiago Casilla (who reported ill prior to the game) lost control of a breaking ball, making contact with the back of Drew Stubbs instead of Posey’s glove. The wild pitch set the Rockies up for a run-scoring double from Justin Morneau, (the only man to hit Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday) the Rockies’ standout of the series.
The Giants, who had runners at first and third in three straight innings, failed the first two times and made the third a charm, when Gregor Blanco’s bunt finally sent a runner home. The Giants remained even with Colorado until Posey came through with his second career walk-off homer that ignited both the Giants and the crowd. Teammates, fans, and managers alike seem to exhibit a mutual optimism about both Posey’s leadership and the Giants’ potential.
“He’s feeling pretty good up there. It’s fun to see,” teammate Hudson said of Posey. “We need to jump on his shoulders and get us through this last month and win some ballgames and make it interesting here.”
The Giants have crippled the Rockies in this series, as they have had no answer for either Buster Posey, or the Giants pitching depth. If they can maintain this level of poise and prowess, San Francisco is capable of making things more than interesting as they head down the final stretch in September.
Giants: RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-3, 3.59) takes the mound in place of Tim Lincecum, who was moved to the bullpen after recent struggles. Petit has retired 38 straight batters over his past seven appearances.