FINAL COL 2
Alex Dickerson has become the Nolan Arenado of the Giants tormenting the Colorado Rockies. He may have missed some time due to his wife giving birth to their new son Levi, but Dickerson's bat has helped the Giants. Austin Slater hit his first career leadoff home run tonight to give the Giants a quick 1-0 lead for his 5th homer of the year. Daniel Robertson singled to lead off the bottom of the 5th inning and Joey Bart doubled him in to make it a 2-0 game. Alex Dickerson broke a 2-2 tie with his 10th home run of the season with a solo shot in the bottom of the 7th inning to center field. In this season series, Dickerson is hitting 14-29 (.482) with 6 homers and 4 doubles along with 10 RBIs. Joey Bart hit a ground-rule double and after Brandon Crawford struck out, Austin Slater singled to continue the inning. Brandon Belt pinch-hit for Wilmer Flores and doubled in both runners to extend their lead to 5-2. The club had a chance to pad their lead in the bottom of the 8th with the bases loaded, but after 2 strikeouts, Brandon Belt flew out on the first pitch he saw. Slater and Bart each had 2 of the teams 10 hits on the night with the team going 2-12 with 9 runners left in scoring position. Starter Drew Smyly earned another no decision but went 5 1/3 innings with 1 run off 4 hits with a pair of walks and struck out 5 batters. The win put the Giants at .500 and a 3-way tie for the 1st wild card spot with Cincinnati and Milwaukee, with 6 games to go.
The Rockies tried to push the Giants more out of the postseason as their hopes are long gone. Former Giant Kevin Pillar walked to open the top of the 6th and then stole his 5th base of the year. He went to 3rd on a Trevor Story single then scored on a Charlie Blackmon single to cut the Giants lead to 2-1. Ramiel Tapia singled in the top of the 7th with 1 out and scored on a Kevin Pillar double to tie the game at 2-2. Former Dodger Matt Kemp had 2 hits to lead all Rockies hitters and they were a miserable 1-10 with 8 runners left in scoring position on the night. Rockies starter Kyle Freeland pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs off 5 hits with 3 walks and struck out just 1 batter.