Rockies walk Giants off; Tapia’s single ends it in ninth 10-9; SF loses 7 of 9 and Posey goes on DL

June 15, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Teammates hug Colorado Rockies’ Raimel Tapia, center, after his single off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland drove in the winning run in the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Denver. The Rockies won 10-9. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Jeremy Harness

 Just when things were really turning around, the Giants had it taken right away from them in an instant. Such is the case for the team’s sorry season thus far.

 The Giants were very game in making a dramatic late-innings comeback, but the Colorado Rockies thwarted that effort with a walk-off single to earn a 10-9 win at Coors Field Thursday night.

 Matt Moore continued his miserable season on Thursday, giving up a whopping eight runs on 11 hits and pitched only three innings, walking two hitters while striking out seven in the process.

Had it not been for the Giants tying the game in the ninth, Moore would have been tagged with his eighth loss of the season against only two wins, with an ERA of 6.00. He has dropped three straight decisions and has seen losses in four of his last five.

 Meanwhile, Jeff Hoffman (4-0) was in line for his fifth win to start the season, after surrendering only a single run on seven hits. He went five innings and walked three and struck out two, and he left the game with a comfortable 8-1 lead.

 However, the Giants began to tee off on Colorado’s bullpen starting in the seventh inning, when Buster Posey launched a two-run homer off Scott Oberg.

 In the eighth, the Giants exploded with a five-spot, which was highlighted by Brandon Crawford’s three-run shot off Colorado reliever Jake McGee, which cut the Rockies’ once-sizable lead to a single run. The Giants made it all the way back in the very next inning, handing Greg Holland his first blown save of the year with a run to tie the game.

Those good feelings didn’t last very long, however. Hunter Strickland could not keep the Rockies from scoring in the bottom of the ninth, and when Raimel Tapia’s single brought in Mark Reynolds, the crowd in Colorado has a lot to cheer about, and Strickland was tagged with his second loss of the year.

 

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