Rockies 2, Giants 1
Troy Tulowitzki is heating up, and the Colorado Rockies are
hoping the rest of their lineup will follow suit.
Tulowitzki had three hits and drove in a run, Jhoulys Chacin
pitched six effective innings and the Rockies beat the San
Francisco Giants 2-1 on Saturday.
”You never know when you’re going to get on one of those
streaks,” Tulowitzki said. ”I’ve definitely put in the work in
the batting cages. To have success on a day we win is
Tulowitzki is batting .353 (12 for 34) in his last nine games,
although he’s still looking for his first home run in over two
weeks. He had a double in each of his previous three games.
”This is what he has coming to him,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy
said. ”Several of the balls he’s hit have been vicious line drives
that end up in a fielder’s glove. Sooner or later those things are
going to turn.”
Tulowitzki was also involved in the key defensive play of the
game. After Andres Torres doubled with one out in the fifth, Chacin
and Tulowitzki hooked up on a pickoff play.
”That’s a daylight play I run with the pitchers,” Tulowitzki
said. ”It’s pretty successful when it’s run right. It was a big
Chacin (6-4) allowed one run and four hits to end a personal
two-game losing streak and help the Rockies win in San Francisco
for the first time in five games.
”He gave me the inside move,” Chacin said of the pickoff.
”When I looked back at second I saw Torres really off the base. I
just tried to throw the ball accurately.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Torres wasn’t thinking about
”Andres just got picked off,” he said. ”He wasn’t going
anywhere. He just kind of got in no man’s land there, and we’re
getting to the heart of our order and his pitch count was getting
up there. That was not a good play for us.”
Cody Ross homered on his bobblehead day but the Giants still
lost a three-game winning streak. Madison Bumgarner (2-7) yielded
an earned run and seven hits over seven innings.
”He struggled with his command a little bit but when he needed
to make pitches, he made pitches,” Ross said of Chacin. ”He kept
us off balance throwing breaking balls and changeups in hitter’s
counts and getting us out front.”
Chacin said his fastball command was not there in the early
innings, but his other pitches were effective.
”The change was good today,” Chacin said. ”It helped me set
up other pitches until I could start to throw the fastball for
strikes. I was just trying to find a way to get outs and get out of
Tulowitzki singled and scored on a throwing error by shortstop
Brandon Crawford in the fifth, then added an RBI single in the
sixth that gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead. The star shortstop is a
career .298 hitter in San Francisco.
Ross hit his fifth homer with two out in the bottom half of the
Matt Lindstrom and Rafael Betancourt each threw a scoreless
inning before Huston Street got three outs for his 15th save in 17
The Rockies found a way to win despite their continued lack of
production. They have scored three runs or fewer in 12 of their
last 14 games and are 4-10 over that span.
Bumgarner faced the minimum through four innings. He struck out
six and walked one, but is 0-3 with a 4.39 ERA in five home starts
The Giants have lost three straight one-run games at home after
winning their first 11 such contests at their cozy waterfront
NOTES: Giants C Chris Stewart made his 15th career start. …
The Rockies placed RHP Matt Daley on the disabled list and recalled
LHP Rex Brothers. … Tulowitzki is hitting .421 (8 for 19) on
Colorado’s road trip. … The start of the game was delayed 20
minutes by rain. … A fan was struck in the face by a foul ball
and had to be led off by medics. … An MRI revealed a hairline
fracture in Giants 1B Brandon Belt’s left hand. He’s expected to go
on the disabled list Sunday and will be replaced by Conor
Gillaspie, who appeared in eight games with the Giants in 2008.