San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
By Jeremy Harness
There are not a lot of expectations for the Giants for this traveling fiasco otherwise known as the 2020 baseball season, but at least for one night, the team had a reason to feel good.
For one thing, someone other than Donovan Solano or Mike Yastrzemski got a meaningful hit, which is certainly noteworthy.
After Solano and Yastrzemski reached base in the fourth, Brandon Belt pounced on a hanging slider from Colorado starter Jon Gray and flew it over the right-field wall for a three-run homer that gave the Giants a one-run lead.
Belt wasn’t done with Gray just yet. He added a double into the gap in right-center, and second baseman Wilmer Flores scored him with an insurance RBI single in the sixth, and the bullpen held on to nail down the Giants’ 4-3 win over the Rockies at Coors Field Wednesday night, before a crowd of about 50 cut-outs of former Rockies players directly behind home plate.
For his part, young righty Logan Webb kept his team in the game and was rewarded with his first win of the season, giving up a pair of runs – one of them earned – on four hits. He struck out four hitters on the process and did not walk anyone.
However, the defense remains an adventure. The Giants spotted the Rockies a run in the first inning, when Solano booted a grounder at shortstop to allow leadoff man David Dahl to reach base. Two batters later, Charlie Blackmon singled in Dahl to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.
Dahl knocked in Sam Hilliard two innings later to double that lead.