Lights…camera…action! Of course, the lights at AT&T Park weren’t the only ones shining so bright this evening. There were plenty of highlights to go around (see what I did there?). Johnny Cueto was slated to go up against the Rockies’ Tyler Anderson in the Friday night match-up.
First Homerun, Second Balk
Cueto was nearly masterful in the first four innings, with two of those innings being immaculate. He collected four strikeouts before Colorado could even get a guy to second base. Anderson on the other hand was struggling in the 2nd inning. After Eduardo Nunez got aboard with a single, a balk moved him over to second base.
Up came Chris Marrero, who had only one hit on the season. He smacked a 2-2 changeup over the left field wall for his first career homerun in the majors. That’s right, out of all the places he’s played, his first homerun came at AT&T Park. How many at-bats did it take? 144. His homerun boosted the Giants to a 2-0 lead.
The Giants tacked on another run in the 3rd inning, with a Hunter Pence single to plate Denard Span. Then in the fourth, on the first pitch of the bottom frame, Brandon Crawford roped a solo shot of his own. After reaching home plate, he looked up to the sky, remembering his sister-in-law who just recently passed.
Later on in the inning, Anderson gave up his second balk of the game, raising tensions between Rockies’ manager Bud Black and home plate umpire Mike Everitt. Bud Black was eventually tossed at the Top of the 5th inning, as Everitt heard enough jawing from the Rockies’ dugout.
Cueto runs into trouble in the 5th, but recovers nicely
While Cueto’s dominance did not last all game, he was able to limit the damage. After a couple of singles and a walk, a one-out grounder was hit to Joe Panik, who could’ve easily made the throw to Crawford to start a double play. However, uncharacteristically, Panik tried to tag out Tony Wolters and lost the ball. The ball was booted out towards the outfield, which allowed two runs to score.
DJ LeMahieu ultimately grounded into a double play, ending any threat in that inning. In the 6th inning, he gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Gonzalez, but the Rockies were unable to get him in. Cueto made short work of the Rockies in the 7th inning. That was all for him though, as the Giants rally in the 7th took him out of the game.
Cueto finished the night with seven strong innings throwing 94 pitches, getting six strikeouts and only giving up the one walk in the 5th. He starts his season 3-0.
Giants open up in the 7th to closeout the game
After starting the Bottom of the 7th with two strikeouts, the Giants went on a roll. They hit five straight singles to pad the lead to 8-2. Derek Law came in for the Top of the 8th and put the Rockies down in order, and Cory Gearrin did the same in the Top of the 9th.
A true team effort is what the Giants needed to silence the Rockies who the silenced them the previous night. Eight runs were scored by seven different players, and four guys batted them in. The bullpen yet again secured the victory, putting to bed any woes or suspicion for the time being. This is the 4th win of the week for the Giants, a stark contrast from last week’s results.
Buster Posey is looking in good health, and some of the Giants’ prospects are making the case to be brought up. The Giants will look to clinch a series split with a matinee game today, as Matt Moore squares off against Tyler Chatwood.