Rockies Went on the Offensive at AT&T on Thursday
Three times the Rockies had taken a lead in their Thursday game at AT&T Park against the Giants, and each time the Giants answered, and then some.
The fourth time, however, was the charm.
With DJ LeMahieu delivering a two-run home run in the top of the ninth, and Wade Davis picking up his 21st save, the Rockies pulled out a 9-8 victory. It wasn't easy. They led 1-0 in top of the first after a Nolan Arenado home run, but the Giants scored twice for a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first.
They scored four runs in the top of the fourth to go up 5-2, but the Giants answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, tying the game at 5-5.
The Rockies came back with two in the top of the seventh for a 7-5 lead, but the Giants answered with a run in the bottom of the seventh, and two in the eighth to carry an 8-7 lead into the top of the ninth.
The Rockies, however, came up with that LeMahieu home run and rallied from behind in the ninth inning for a win for the first time this season. They lost the 37 previous times they trailed going into the ninth.
LeMahieu drove in a career-high five runs with three hits. But then hits are nothing new for him at AT&T Park. With his effort on Thursday, he now has the best average of any active visiting player at AT&T -- .335, two points ahead of Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks. LeMahieu isn't the only Rockies player in the top 10. Chris Iannetta is fifth at .314 after getting two hits on Thursday. Gerardo Parra is sixth at .308, and Nolan Arenado is 10th at .293.
Arenado did hit a home run in the first, underscoring his success at AT&T Park as well. He has 10 home runs at AT&T, tied for second with Troy Tulowitzki, who had nine with the Rockies and one with Toronto, and one behind Goldschmidt. He also is third among active visiting players with 33 RBI at AT&T.
|Paul Goldschmidt||11||Paul Goldschmidt||48|
|Nolan Arenado||10||Matt Kemp||47|
|Troy Tulowitzki||10||Nolan Arenado||33|
|Giancarlo Stanton||9||Troy Tulowitzki||31|
|Adrian Gonzalez||8||Adrian Beltre||28|
|Matt Kemp||8||Andre Ethier||26|
|Brandon Phillips||8||Brandon Phillips||26|
|Ryan Braun||7||Chase Utley||25|
|Jay Bruce||7||Jay Bruce||22|
|Freddie Freeman||7||Hanley Ramirez||22|
|Wil Myers||7||Chase Headley||21|
|Albert Pujols||7||Gerardo Parra||21|
|Mark Reynolds||7||Ian Desmond||21|
From a team standpoint, the Rockies equaled the fourth highest AT&T totals in hits and runs scored, scoring nine runs for the sixth time. They scored 17 runs on May 5, 2016 at AT&T Park, their most ever. They had 14 hits for the fourth time, four shy of their all-time best at AT&T, which came on Sept. 24, 2008.
They were, however, 0-for-3 stealing bases, the first three runners Giants backup catcher Nick Hundley has thrown out this season. It's the first time the Rockies were thrown out more than once in a game this season. But it's not like being caught stealing has been a bad omen for the Rockies. They have had a runner caught stealing at least once in 16 games this year, and have won 10 of those games.