We thought a little Jonathan Sanchez and Coors Field could get the Giants’ hitters out of their recent slump.
Well, you would think that 16 runs on 16 hits would validate that claim.
But Friday’s offensive outburst had less to do with Sanchez and more to do with the Rockies’ bullpen and the Rockies’ ability to give the Giants runs.
The Giants worked 67 pitches from Sanchez in three innings of work, but only got two runs on three hits and three walks. Sanchez actually saw his ERA drop slightly after Friday’s outing as one of the two runs he allowed was unearned.
But the Giants scored more runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings (13) than they did in seven of their previous eight games.
The eighth inning was the best example of how the Giants were aided by the Rockies.
The Giants loaded the bases on a single, error and infield single. A Ryan Theriot single scored one. The two wild pitches scored two more runs. The second wild pitch allowed Melky Cabrera to reach base on a walk.
Then Buster Posey unleashed a three-run home run for a six-run inning.
There was good stats from the offense, however:
- Angel Pagan reached base five times, going 3 for 4 with a double, triple, four runs and two walks.
- Theriot was 2 for 5 with three runs and two RBI.
- Posey was 4 for 5 with three RBI and a walk.
- Hunter Pence got his first hit as a Giants after starting 0 for 9.
- All nine starters collected at least one hit, including a double by Ryan Vogelsong.
That seventh-inning double by Vogelsong may have sapped him of some energy.
After allowing one hit in the first six innings, Vogelsong allowed three hits to the first four batters of the seventh inning — two doubles and a triple that resulted to two runs.
Manager Bruce Bochy left him in to face Wilin Rosario, who hooked a two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole.
That snapped Vogelsong’s streak of 16 quality starts to open the season and he finished by allowing four runs on five hits in 6.1 innings.
It’s a good start to the road trip and kept the Giants ahead of the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, who both won Friday.
Now they need to keep it up as Madison Bumgarner takes to the hill Saturday against Jeff Francis.