SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants and Rockies will play three games at Coors Field next week. They previewed that series on Thursday at AT&T Park.
The teams totaled 26 hits and 17 runs on a sunny day, and in the end, it was a two-run shot by DJ LeMahieu that decided it.
Sam Dyson had been shaky since taking over the ninth and LeMahieu got to him, blasting a two-run shot to left with one out in the ninth. The Rockies snuck out of San Francisco with a 9-8 win, avoiding the sweep. The Giants finished 7-3 on their homestand. Here's what else you need to know ...
--- The Giants handed a one-run lead to Dyson after an odd eighth inning. Gorkys Hernandez walked following a blown call by the home plate umpire and Buster Posey's flare to left was missed by Gerardo Parra, loading the bases. Alen Hanson hit a go-ahead two-run double down the right field line.
--- It was a rough day for a couple of right-handed starters. Chris Stratton and Jon Gray combined to give up three runs in the first and seven in the fourth. The timing is especially poor for Stratton, who will face the Rockies again next week. His rotation spot could be up for grabs with Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto on the way back.
--- Brandon Belt hit his second homer since having his appendix removed. The blast was his 13th on the season.
--- Nolan Arenado opened the scoring with his 19th homer of the season. The shot to left was Arenado’s 23rd career homer in 98 games against the Giants. He is very good.
--- Arenado and Brandon Crawford both made errors. Without looking it up, we’re just going to assume that’s the first time that has happened in a Giants-Rockies game.
--- Opposing baserunners were 20 for 24 against Nick Hundley entering the day. The Rockies twice tried to steal second in the eighth inning, and Hundley cut down Trevor Story and then Parra.