The San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt is congratulated as he scores after hitting a two run homer in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in game two of the doubleheader on Tue May 4, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
Only three players remain from the glory years of the San Francisco Giants, and all three of them came through in a big way in the first game of a doubleheader.
Brandon Belt hit a grand slam in the top of the first inning, and then four pitches later, Buster Posey hit a solo home run and the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 12-4 at Coors Field.
The Giants ended up scoring 10 runs in that opening frame, as they chased Rockies starter German Marquez after just 0.2 innings, as he allowed eight runs and six hits, as he lost to the Giants for the third time this season.
Both Belt and Posey each picked up three hits in the rout, and it was the seventh home run of the season for Posey, who sat the 2020 to be at home with his newly adopted twins.
Brandon Crawford hit a two-run home run off of Lucas Gilbreath in the top of the sixth inning, as the teams were making up Mondays rainout.
Newly acquired Mike Tauchman batted in the leadoff spot for the first time since arriving, and scored two runs in the top of the first inning, as he doubled to lead off the game against Marquez. Tauchman later walked in the inning, as the Giants reached double figures in the first inning since they scored 11 runs in the opening frame against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 29, 1967.
Not only did the Giants score 10 runs in that first inning, as they picked up eight hits and sent 13 men to the plate.
That first inning was the biggest inning for the Giants since they scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 7, 2008 at AT&T Park.
Aaron Sanchez allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings of work, and the lone runs crossed the plate when Raimel Tapia hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was the third career grand slam for Tapia.
Things were looking good for the Giants, as they entered the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game of the twin bill with a four-run lead; however, these games were at Coors Field.
Charlie Blackmon hit a three-run home run off of Camilo Doval in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Rockies scored six runs in the inning to pick up the spilt with a thrilling 8-6 victory over the Giants in the nightcap of the doubleheader.
Closer Jake McGee came on in a non-save role; however, he lasted only 0.2 of an inning, as he allowed four runs on four hits before he was replaced by Doval, who gave up the walk-off home run to Blackmon. Doval came on to replace McGee and immediately gave up a single to C.J. Cron that sent Ryan McMahon to third, and then Blackmon hit his second home run of the season to send the fans home happy.
Belt got the Giants in the top of the first inning, as he hit a two-run home run off of Ryan Castellani to give the Giants a quick 2-0 lead.
The Belt home run was a historic one in Giants lore, as he became the first San Francisco Giants player to hit home runs in the first inning of both games of a doubleheader since Willie Mays turned the trick on May 22, 1965.
Cron tied up the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he hit his fifth home run of the season.
Steven Duggar gave the Giants the lead in the top of the fifth inning, as he hit a two-run single to score Wilmer Flores and Evan Longoria.
Flores stretched the Giants lead up to 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning, as he hit a two-run home run. It was the second home run of the season for Flores.
Trevor Story began the Rockies comeback, as he hit a two-run double to cut the Giants lead in half, as his double scored Alan Trejo and Garrett Hampson. McMahon then singled score Story and the Giants lead stood at one, and then Blackmon ended the game with one swing of the bat.
Alex Wood went five innings, allowing two runs, scattering four hits, walking two and striking out two and was in line for the win until that nightmarish seventh inning.
Ben Bowden went the final 1.2 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two, as he picked up his first win of the season.
NOTES: Kevin Gausman was placed on the injured list after experiencing symptoms from the Covid-19 vaccination. Gausman should be clear after a day or two, this according to the Giants medical staff. Joey Bart was recalled from the alternate training site.
Tommy La Stella was placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Monday) with a left hamstring strain. Gabe Kapler said that La Stella could miss up to six weeks and Jason Vosler was recalled from the alternative training site.
Conor Menez was appointed as the 27th player for the doubleheader, but he was not used in either games of the doubleheader.
UP NEXT: Logan Webb closes out the series and the road trip, as he takes the mound on Wednesday afternoon, while the Rockies will send Jon Gray to the hill.