Giants get three run win 5-2 past Rockies to open 3 game series; Webb strikes out seven hitters

San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb delivers the first pitch of the game to Colorado Rockies in the top of the first inning at Oracle Field in San Francisco (AP News photo)

Colorado (65-89). 2. 8. 0

San Francisco (76-78). 5. 9. 0

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Baseball presents many interesting ethical questions. Take gambling, for instance. Pete Rose was banished from organized ball for betting on his own team to win but not for deliberately maiming Ray Fosse in an all star game, basically an exhibition game.

Yet today you can place a bet online in major league stadiums where state law permits it, and a team that bills itself as “Rooted in Oakland” is threatening, with MLB’s blessing, to pull up its roots and move to Las Vegas.

Teams aren’t supposed to cheat, but it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between sportsmanship and gamesmanship. No one was punished for the New York Giants’ sign stealing spree of August and September, but Houston’s 2019 malfeasance cost the entire coaching staff their jobs.

Catchers are praised for their ability to “frame” a pitch. Teams are supposed to do all that they can to win every game they play, but it’s perfectly legitimate to have an ace pitcher skip his turn so that he can be used against a more powerful opponent.

Baseball’s unwritten rules even mandate going easy on a moribund opponent. And then, there’s the draft. If a few teams with no playoff hopes face each other near the end of the season, why should they knock themselves out to win when all they would get from it is a lower draft choice?

This last question arises because Your San Francisco Giants (75-78 at game time) were facing the 65-88 Colorado Rockies tonight. The teams aren’t immediate rivals for the number one draft pick, but a win wouldn’t benefit either organization’s plans for its future personnel.

The game, a 5-2 win for San Francisco was a hard fought contest that went down to the wire without being affected in spite of the ambivalence of its results.

The Giants sent Logan Webb with his 14-9, 2.93 record to the mound, and the Rockies countered with Germán Márquez (8-12, 5.15). Both of them are right handers. When they finished their work for the evening, Logan was the winning pitcher, 2.90. Márquez was charged with the loss and ended up at 8-13,5.12

The Giants’ righty got off to a rocky start but settled down as the game advanced. He lasted only five innings but held the Rox to a single tally, which was earned, on five hits, three of them in the first inning. He walked one and threw 78 pitches, 27 of which were balls.

Colorado’s Márquez lasted five frames, in which he yielded three runs, all earned, on six hits, two for the distance, a walk, and a wild pitch. 57 of his 91 offerings counted as strikes.

The Rockies jumped ahead early, forcing Logan to throw 27 pitches to the six batters he faced in the first. They were able to convert singles by RyanMcMahon, CJ Cron, and Charlie Blackmon into a run.

The home team gave as good as it got, going ahead in the bottom of the frame. Joc Pederson slammed Márquez’s first offering 390 feet to dead center field for his 23rd homerun and 67th RBI of the year.

Thairo Estrada followed with a hard grounder to short that got past Ezequiel Tovar and could have been ruled an error, but it. went into the record as a double. Estrada advanced to third on Wilmer Flores’s foul fly to right (great catch by Michael Toglia) and scored on Mike Yastrsemski’s sac fly to medium deep center field.

JD Davis took Márques deep, 434 feet deep to be precise, over the Visa advertisement in right enter field to put SF up 3-1 with his 11 dinger of the season.It came on an 0-1 pitch that if it weren’t a hung slider when ite reached the plate, sure was one when Davis hung it out to dry.

The Giants still were leading 3-1 when Tyler Rogers came out of the bullpen to face the Blake Street Bombers in the top of the sixth. The high spin right handed submariner set them down in order and stuck around for the seventh, in which he allowed a single and nothing else.

Jake Bird took over for Márquez for the home seventh and wasn’t as successful as Rogers. The Rockies’ righty gave up a single to Joey Bart, followed by Pederson’s hard liner down the first base line that hit the bag and went into right field for a run-scoring triple. Pederson then came home on Estrada’s single to right.

Southpaw Scott Alexander pitched the top of the eighth for SF and retired the Rockies to a conga beat.

It was Gavin Hollowell on the mound for the Rox in the home eighth. All the Giants got off him was a base on balls to Crawford.

And then it was Camilo Doval, on the hump, hoping to seal the deal. Charlie Blackmon led off with a slow grounder to third. Jason Vosler made a fine backhanded catch of it behind the bag, but his throw ws nowhere near in time to nab Blackmon, who arrived at first, credlited, correctly, with a base hit.

Díaz got a four pitch free pass. Toglia grounded out two to first, moving both runners up a base, and a walk to Sean Bouchard loaded the bases, putting Ezequiel Tovar up as the potential tying run.

Doval whiffed him on a slider, Alan Trejo now in the game as second baseman and batting ninth, singled to left, which plated Blackmon and narrowed the gap between the teams to 5-2. The count went to 2-2 on McMahon before he went down swinging at a 102 mph cut fastball.

José Ureña (3-7, 5.34) will be on the mound for Colorado at 6:45 tomorrow evening. The Giants. haven’t yet announced who will be their starter.

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