Rewind: Giants at Rockies, Game #1

When is a game ever an easy one in Denver? When is a three-run lead ever safe at Coors Field? With a game Colorado Rockies team in the way of the San Francisco Giants' seventh win in their last ten games, the Giants showed that this team may very well be an NL West contender ready for a stretch drive in the second half.

Felipe Alou can now fish the Colorado River in style.

An avid fisherman, the San Francisco Giants manager won his 1,000th game as a manager as the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 9-6 at Coors Field, and his team showed their appreciation by awarding the skipper with a fancy new fishing reel.

The win, however, was not an easy one to reel in.  In typical Coors Field fashion, the game was a high scoring affair involving several pitchers, but the Giants laughed last by scoring six runs in the final three innings for a come from behind victory.

Entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Giants starting pitcher Noah Lowry was in control of a 4-1 Giants advantage, thanks to four RBI singles – by Ray Durham and Todd Greene in the fourth, Barry Bonds in the fifth, and Steve Finley in the top of the seventh.  But with two out in the bottom of the inning, Lowry surrendered a two out, two-run home run to Rockies first baseman Todd HeltonJeremy Accardo then relieved Lowry, and promptly surrendered a single to left fielder Matt Holliday, followed by a booming double by third baseman Garrett Atkins that plated Holliday and tied the ballgame.  After an intentional walk to Brad Hawpe, pinch-hitter Jorge Piedra singled off of Accardo (1-2) to bring home Atkins, giving the Rockies a 5-4 lead.

The lead, however, was both short-lived and never regained.  Pedro Feliz led off the top of the eighth with a deep double off of Rockies reliever Ramon Ramirez (3-2), then scored on a deep double of his own by Greene to again tie the game at 5-5.  After a quick two outs, it looked like Greene was going to be stranded and the tie extended, but Randy Winn came through with another double to score pinch-runner Kevin Fransden to give the Giants the lead.  Omar Vizquel followed with his fourth hit of the ballgame to drive in Winn, and the Giants pushed ahead 7-5.

But it wouldn’t be Coors field without a little drama, and the Giants got it in the bottom of the inning.  Giants reliever Jonathan Sanchez led off the inning by hitting Rockies catcher J.D. Closser.  Then with two outs Todd Helton hit a routine fly ball to left that should have ended the inning, but defensive replacement Jason Ellison dropped the ball, allowing a run to score to narrow the Giants lead to one run.

The Giants, however, weren’t done scoring themselves.  Ellison ended up redeeming himself by hitting a leadoff double in the top of the ninth, and came around to score on a home run by Pedro Feliz, giving the Giants a 9-6 lead.  Armando Benitez allowed two deep flies in the bottom of the inning including a double by Hawpe, but both balls stayed in the yard, and Choo Freeman struck out looking to end the ballgame.

Just another typical day at Coors Field.

SFDugout’s Player of the Game: Can we give this one to Felipe?  The oft-maligned manager used five pitchers in the ballgame, and all but one of the moves ended up snuffing out a Rockies rally.  And Vizquel may have been overlooked for an All-Star selection this year, but his importance to this ballclub can’t be denied.

Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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