Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
Rockies 9, Giants 4
2005-05-18 09:50
by Mark T.R. Donohue

In the end, the Giants' lefty starter was shakier than the Rockies' (which is saying something), and the offense seems to be settling into one of those home grooves that keep the Rockies a competitive Coors team even when they're abominable on the road. Joe Kennedy's line (5 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts) certainly doesn't look like one that would lead to a second win, but look at Noah Lowry: 3 and 2/3, 10 hits, 7 runs, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts, 3 homers.

My worries about Lowry's reverse platoon split shutting down Clint Hurdle's righty-heavy lineup never materialized. Dustan Mohr had a triple, a homer, and a walk. Todd Greene had a homer, a single, and two walks. Matt Holliday went 2 for 4 with a homer and a walk. Garrett Atkins had a double, a single, and a walk. Clint Barmes had yet another multi-hit game.

Even more encouragingly, the Giants didn't manage to score at all outside of a very long 4th for Kennedy. Kim, Acevedo, Witasick, and new guy Blaine Neal all got touched for hits but didn't allow anyone to score. The Giants overall looked old and slow, with Pedro Feliz making an ugly error in left and Moises Alou booting a Barmes fly ball that was ruled a hit. Their bullpen was unable to keep them in the game, too.

The Rockies will look to keep the good times rolling tonight against Brad Hennessey. If they can draw six walks again like they did last night, it'll be a good sign.

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