So far in his short career rookie Brad Hennesseys has stood out as an exceptional substitute pitcher. Coming into Wednesday evenings game against Colorado, the Giants were 7-2 in his nine career starts.
In two years of minimal experience at the big league level Hennessey has been bounced back and fourth between the San Francisco and Triple-A Fresno, filling in for Giants when called upon. Last year as the fall back man from Fresno Hennessey went 2-2, with a 4.98 ERA for the Giants.
On Wednesday Hennessey tested out in the mile high altitude in his first career start in Denver. Hennessey struggled early, but kept his composure lasting six and two thirds innings, walking a pair and allowing two runs on seven hits.
Countering the Giants hitters and Hennessey Wednesday was the Rockies ace Shawn Chacon. Chacon went 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA against the Giants in 2004. Chacon also pitched well Wednesday, dazzling the Giants with a wide variety of breaking balls and sinkers. Chacon lasted seven innings allowing only two runs on five hits.
Colorado gave Hennessey a rocky welcome to town by scoring twice in the first inning. Aaron Miles singled. Todd Helton drove him in with a double and Brad Hawpe followed with a bloop single driving in Helton. These would be the only two runs the Rockies would score in the game.
The Giants cut the Rockies lead in half at 2-1 in the third inning. After having a pitch nearly hit him in the head, Mike Matheny kept his cool and smacked a solo homerun two pitches later.
San Francisco used the high elevation to their advantage again in the seventh inning to tie the game at two apiece. Feliz belted his sixth homerun of the season into the left field bleachers.
The Giants took a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning off Rockies closer Brian Fuentes (0-3). Feliz led off the inning with a single to right and Devi Cruz drove in the game winning win run with a pinch-hit triple.
Stepping it up with a solid performance Wednesday was the Giants bullpen. Scott Eyre, Jim Brower and Tyler Walker all pitched well and didnt allow any runs. Brower (2-1) picked up the win and Walker worked a smooth ninth en route to his fourth save.
The win snaps a three game losing streak for the Giants, who have gone 3-3 on the road trip with one game to go.
Brett Tomko (3-5) takes the ball Thursday for the Giants in the series finale, while the Rockies send right-hander Jeff Francis (3-1).
SF Dugout player of the game: Missing only a triple to hit for the cycle, Pedro Feliz smoked the Rockies for three hits Wednesday. Feliz scored the game-tying run with his 419-foot blast in the sixth inning and scored the game-winning run in the ninth.
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