San Francisco Giants Kris Bryant flies out in the top of the fourth against the Colorado Rockies on Fri Sep 24, 2021 at Coors Field in Denver (AP News photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
Who would have ever thought that the 2021 San Francisco Giants would do something that the organization as a whole accomplished only seven times prior its 139-year history?
Backed by four home runs, the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-2 at Coors Field and with the victory, the Giants have won their 100th game of the season. Also, with the Giants maintained their first-place position in the National League West and their magic number lowers to eight.
Tommy La Stella led off the top of the first inning with a home run off of Peter Lambert, who was making his season debut for the Rockies after missing the entire shortened 2020 season due to undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The La Stella home run gave the Giants a quick 1-0 lead; however, the lead would not last long, as the Rockies tied the game in the bottom of the first when Charlie Blackmon hit an opposite field single to score Raimel Tapia with the tying run. Elias Diaz gave the Rockies the lead, when Elias Diaz to right field to score Brendan Rodgers.
Unfortunately, for the Rockies, that lead would only last into the top of the second inning, when Brandon Crawford hit his 22nd home run of the season into the second deck of the right field seats.
Brandon Belt gave the Giants the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, when he hit his team-leading 27th home run.
Mike Yastrzemski hit the fourth and final home run of the game, as he hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, as the Giants broke the game wide open. Buster Posey drove in the seventh and final run of the game for the Giants in the top of that same seventh inning, when Wilmer Flores scored.
Alex Wood went just four innings, allowing two runs on six hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out seven; however, he did not fare in the decision, as the game turned into a bullpen game.
La Stella, who hit a home run to lead off the game went 3-for-5 on the evening.
Kervin Castro went two innings, and continues to impress, as he allowed a hit and struck out two and picked up his first Major League victory.
Castro turned the ball over to Tony Watson, who threw a perfect seventh inning and then Tyler Rogers came on in the bottom of the eighth inning, and despite giving up three hits, Rogers struck out two and the Rockies left the bases loaded, when Rogers got Ryan McMahon on a called third strike to end the inning and get out of the jam.
Camilo Doval came on to finish it out for the Giants, and despite giving up a hit to Tapia, Doval got Brendan Rodgers to strikeout for the second out after Rodgers started the night by going 3-for-4 against Giants pitching.
Lambert went the first 3.2 innings for the Rockies in his first start of the Rockies, as he allowed two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two.
Ashton Goudeau came on to replace Lambert and went 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out two and gave up two home runs to Belt and Yastrzemski and lost for the first time in his MLB career.
NOTES: This team, who was projected to win 75 games this season became the eighth team to reach the 100-win plateau.
The Giants join the 1904 NY Giants (106), 1905 NY Giants (105), 1912 NY Giants (103), 1962 SF Giants (103), 1993 SF Giants (103), 1913 NY Giants (101) and 2003 SF Giants (100) as previous teams to reach triple digits in wins.
With four more home runs tonight, the Giants have now hit 234 home runs on the season, moving within one of tying the 2001 team for the most home runs by the team in history of the franchise.
Also with the four home runs on the evening, this was the 17th time that the Giants have hit at four home runs or more in a game, stretching their MLB lead up over the Toronto Blue Jays.
UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani goes for his 13th win of the season on Saturday night, while Jon Gray will take the mound for the Rockies in search for his ninth win of the season.