DENVER — The scoreless streak was absolutely going to end at Coors Field, but Ryan Vogelsong still took it deep into Friday’s bizarre, rain-delayed game. The scorching lineup did the rest.
Vogelsong pitched six scoreless innings and the lineup exploded before the Rockies finally got on the board. The Giants held on for an 11-8 win in a game delayed one hour and 44 minutes by rain, extending their winning streak to seven games. In his fourth straight strong start, Vogelsong allowed just two hits and extended the pitching staff’s shutout run to 34 innings before George Kontos entered and allowed a three-run homer in the seventh.
The streak was the sixth-longest in franchise history and third-longest in the San Francisco era. As Vogelsong pumped strikes his fielders jumped on Kyle Kendrick, putting up yet another big number on the road.
The Giants worked Kendrick’s pitch count early and finally got a run across in the third. Vogelsong started the rally by smoking a one-out double into the left-center gap and Joe Panik kept it going with a two-out single to right. After a walk of Angel Pagan loaded the bases, Kendrick worked carefully to Buster Posey and walked him, too.
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The next two Giants runs came in a much more impressive fashion. With Posey on first in the sixth inning, Brandon Belt jumped on a Kendrick changeup and hit a mammoth bomb that reached the third deck at Coors Field, where fans are usually more focused on their gin and tonics than incoming baseballs. Belt’s homer was his fourth in his last six games and was estimated at 475 feet per MLB and 437 feet by ESPN Stats & Info. Either way it was the longest homer of Belt’s career and made him the 20th player to reach the third deck at Coors Field. No Giant had done it since Nate Schierholtz in 2011.
The Giants batted around in the seventh, scoring four runs on five hits and a walk. The Rockies chipped away, but the Giants responded with four two-out runs in the top of the ninth, the big blow being Matt Duffy’s second career homer.
The Rockies opened the bottom of the ninth with three straight hits off Jeremy Affeldt before the tarp was brought out, and an hour into the rain delay, the Rockies held a long and loud fireworks show. The game finally restarted at 11:14 local time.
Affeldt came back after the delay and immediately gave up two RBI singles. Bruce Bochy came out and called for Santiago Casilla, who got two quick outs before giving up an RBI double. Finally, mercifully, Casilla struck out Todd Hundley to end a game that started more than five hours earlier.
Starting pitching report: Vogelsong had a 9.31 ERA after getting blown up by the Dodgers on April 29. It’s down to 4.60 just four starts later. He has thrown 25 2/3 innings in those four starts, allowing just 15 hits and three runs.
Bullpen report: Kontos has been one of the best relief pitchers in the league, but he gave up two singles and then a three-run homer to D.J. LeMahieu. Kontos had allowed just three runs in his first 19 appearances.
At the plate: This day showed off the best of Belt, and we’re not just talking about the ball that landed in Wyoming. Belt fouled off eight pitches in his first at-bat before popping up on the 12th pitch. It went down as an out, but any time you’re making the opposing pitcher throw 12 pitches in the second inning, you’ve done your job.
In the field: Panik took advantage of the wet grass, making an athletic, sliding grab to rob Charlie Blackmon of a single and end the seventh inning.
Attendance: The Rockies announced a crowd of 31,226. It was about 31.226 by the end of the rain delay.
Up next: Nothing like a Coors Field doubleheader. It’s Chris Heston and Yusmeiro Petit vs. Jordan Lyles and David Hale on a day that could last about 22 hours if the weather doesn’t cooperate. You can read about it all right here!