Rewind: Giants vs. Rockies, Game #1

Just when you thought it was safe to feel good about Giant starting pitching, it wasn't. Just when you thought it was safe to leave the game early after the bullpen blew it, it wasn't.

The bullpen problems continued, but the offense’s didn’t, and it came through when the team needed it the most.

Marquis Grissom took a 2-2 pitch and skipped it off the top of the fence to plate three runs and end a wild and very wet Friday night for the Giants. Luckily, it was a happy ending after it’d looked for a couple of innings like it’d be another very disappointing one.

An 8 run 8th inning by the Rockies off of the Giants bullpen ended what had been a brilliant start by Noah Lowry. Lowry left the game without allowing a run, but left two runners on with nobody out in the 7th for the bullpen to take care of. Jim Brower was only able to get two outs, but allowed both of those runners to score. He left two on for Scott Eyre, who let both of those runners score. Eyre then left a pair of runners on for Tyler Walker with an 8-7 game. Walker, who allowed four runs without getting an out on Wednesday night, gave up a home run on his first pitch to Todd Greene to cap Colorado’s 8 run rally.

But Grissom’s home run kept the night from ending on a bad note, even if he couldn’t save the game so Lowry could get a win. “It don’t matter. Skip it off a wall, bounce off a head, I’ll take it any way I can get it,” he said after the game.

The losing of the lead also overshadowed a game in which the Giant offense woke up despite losing their second slugger to the Disabled List. Moises Alou was placed on the 15 Day DL with a strained calf. First baseman Lance Niekro was called up from Fresno, and got the start over J.T. Snow against the left handed Colorado pitcher Jeff Francis. Niekro blooped a hit over Todd Helton in the first, and later scored.

Also getting his first start of the season was Jason Ellison, who took Alou’s spot in right field. Ellison hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning for his first hit of the season, and went 2 for 3 on the day before being lifted for Michael Tucker in the 8th inning.

Edgardo Alfonzo also continued his torrid pace for the Giants. Alfonzo hit his second home run of the season, and went 3 for 4 with a sacrifice fly, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Alfonzo, who has started off season cold for the Giants each of the last two years, is batting .533 with 5 RBI in 4 games.

Meanwhile, Lowry’s unbeaten streak to start his career continues into a second season. Lowry went 6-0 in his rookie season, which is the second longest unbeaten streak to start a career in Giants history. Only Hooks Wiltse, who went 12-0 in 1904 for the New York Giants, won more games before his first loss. "The streak goes on," said Lowry"I'm not disappointed at all. That was an unbelievable game."

Rain spat onto the field on and off during the game, including during the end of it. Perhaps encouraged by the cold weather, the flu continued to make itself felt. Jason Schmidt, who missed Thursday’s game, was back on Friday, but took an IV to replace fluids in preparation for his upcoming start on Sunday. "I'm going to pitch no matter what," he said. Also, Rockie Manager Clint Hurdle was fighting flu-like symptoms before the game, but he was in the dugout for the Rockies.



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