Arenado’s ninth inning dramatic home run sweeps Giants 7-5 in Sunday finale

June 18, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, left, celebrates his three-run, walkoff home run with teammates in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Denver. The Rockies won 7-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Jeremy Kahn

The chants of MVP! MVP! MVP! reverberated throughout Coors Field for Nolan Arenado after he supplied a dramatic end to a big weekend for the Colorado Rockies.

Arenado hit a three-run home run off of Mark Melancon with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping the Rockies to a stunning come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field.

This was the second blown save of the season for Melancon, as his record fell to 1-2.

The three-run home run by Arenado not only completed the four-game sweep by the Rockies over the Giants, but it gave Arenado his first career cycle.

As for the Rockies, they have now won five games in a row and continue to have the best record in the National League. The Rockies have also won nine games in a row over the Giants this season.

On the other side of things, this is a nightmare season for the Giants, who have now lost six games in a row and nine out of their last 11 and are now 19.5 behind the Rockies in the National League West.

Things were looking good for the Giants, as they turned the ball over to their closer Melancon, as they retook the lead in dramatic fashion in the top of the ninth inning with the help of Hunter Pence, who came off the bench to pinch hit.

Pence hit a dramatic pinch-hit home run to give the Giants the lead in the top of the ninth inning. It was the third pinch hit home run for Pence in his major-league career.

Brandon Crawford gave the Giants a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, as he hit a two-run home run.

Both Trevor Story and Pat Valaika each hit home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Rockies 3-2 lead until Pence’s dramatics in the top of the ninth inning. Following Pence’s two-run home run that scored Gorkys Hernandez in front of him, Crawford added a RBI single.

Colorado native Ty Blach pitched well in his front of his family and friends who were in attendance, as he pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out four.

Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out five.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto takes the ball on Monday night, as the Giants play their first ever at Sun Trust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves. The Braves will counter with veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Madison Bumgarner will throw his second simulated in Arizona on Wednesday, four days after he threw a simulated game on Saturday.


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