DENVER -- Chris Heston would gather his glove and hat, lock back in mentally, and prepare to head back to the mound. And then he would wait. And wait. And wait.
The Giants kept rallying with two outs on Saturday afternoon and they kept putting more runs on the scoreboard, winning 10-8 in the first game of a wet doubleheader at Coors Field. All 10 runs scored with two outs, and going back to the ninth inning Friday, the Giants have scored 14 straight runs with two outs.
"That's awesome," Heston said. "The way they're scoring runs right now, you can never count them out. It's awesome. You think you're heading out and then they put a couple more on the scoreboard."
They, the hitters, all of a sudden are the hottest group in Major League Baseball. The Giants have scored 61 runs during an eight-game winning streak, their longest since 2011. They've scored 51 runs in the last five road games and have 110 in May, the second-highest total in the Majors. With nine more innings scheduled at Coors Field for Saturday night, you figure they'll pass the Rangers (116) before putting their heads on pillows.
"We're just going up there with a good approach and not trying to do too much," Brandon Crawford said. "I think sometimes with a guy on third and less than two outs, we try to do too much. You try to get a fly ball. With two outs, you're just trying to get a base hit."
Bochy pointed to one string of two-out hits in particular. A double-play erased Joe Panik's leadoff single in the fourth, but Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence, Crawford and Matt Duffy all hit singles, leading to three runs.
"Those are huge rallies," Bochy said. "They still came back and put up a crooked number."
The lineup did it again in the fifth, with Crawford putting the cherry on top with a two-run triple. He finished the game with 31 RBI, placing him nine behind league leader Giancarlo Stanton and on top of the leaderboard for Major League shortstops. As he stood in a clubhouse hallway between games, Crawford was told that it's considered "old-school" to praise a player for driving in runs.
"I love RBIs," he said, smiling wide.
--- Game 2 is already delayed, and when it does clear the teams will get 40 minutes to warm up, per MLB rules. So this could last well into the night. If they play, here's Bochy's second lineup:
Bochy wanted to give Pence a night off since he's coming off an injury. He was planning to give Crawford a breather, but the shortstop talked his way into the second lineup.
"I told him I wanted to play," Crawford said.
What did Bochy think would happen when he asked a red-hot hitter if he wanted nine more innings at Coors Field?!
--- Hunter Strickland threw two scoreless innings, which has been pretty much impossible for pitchers the last two nights.
"Strickland really calmed things down for us," Bochy said. "That's two really key, clutch innings for us to slow things down."
Santiago Casilla is unavailable for the second game and Bochy said there are others he wants to stay away from. But he's got George Kontos, Jean Machi and Jeremy Affeldt available to soak up innings. Yusmeiro Petit gets the start. What's he good for?
"No more than 160 pitches," Bochy cracked.