If the San Francisco Giants take care of their remaining business and go on to win the National League West, they can credit their domination of the Rockies.
At Coors Field.
The Giants beat the Rockies 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Coors to complete their second sweep in LoDo this season. No other team swept the Rockies at home this season.
The Rockies, by the way, struck out 16 times, one short of the franchise record for a home game.
The Giants won the game with a four-run ninth, taking advantage of another erratic performance from right-hander Daniel Bard. He issued a leadoff walk to Steven Duggar, struck out pinch-hitter Buster Posey and then gave up another walk to Wilmer Flores. That set the table for Tommy La Stella’s go-ahead RBI single to right.
Bard struck out Kris Bryant for the second out, but manager Bud Black lifted Bard and brought in Tyler Kinley to face the left-hand-hitting Brandon Crawford. He promptly hit Kinley’s second pitching into the left-field bleachers for a three-run homer.
Colorado had tied the game, 2-2, in the seventh. With Giants starter Kevin Gausman finally out of the game, C.J. Cron hit a one-out single off Jose Alverez, advanced to second on an error by first baseman Wilmer Flores and moved to third on a balk called against Zack Littell.
Pinch-hitter Elias Diaz lashed a grounder to second baseman Donovan Solano, who threw home to get Cron. Cron was originally ruled out on a tag by catcher Curt Casali, but the call was overturned upon review.
Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela couldn’t match Gausman, but he gave his team a chance to win. The right-hander is not flashy nor dominating — just effective. He struck out just two Giants over his six innings, and he gave up eight hits. But when he departed the game, the Giants held a slim 2-1 lead.
It was another quality start from the right-hander, who has pitched at least six innings in 15 of his last 17 outings, going 3-4 with a 3.59 ERA, 74 strikeouts and only 15 walks.
Gausman, the Grandview High School product, was outstanding. He three-hit the Rockies for six innings, giving up one run on C.J. Cron’s solo home run in the fifth. He walked none and struck out 11.
Gausman’s biggest punchout came in the sixth. After Garrett Hampson reached on an error and advanced to third on Charlie Blackmon’s sharp single to right, cleanup hitter Trevor Story came to the plate. Story worked Gausman to a full count but Gausman struck him out with a nasty split-finger fastball.
That Gausman should escape a jam is not surprising. Opposing hitters are batting .152 (21-for-138) against him with runners in scoring position, and .138 (9-for-65) off him with runners in scoring position and two outs.