Rockies blow lead, lose to Giants, 10-7, in 10 innings – The Denver Post


The slipper didn’t fit.

With rookie Michael Toglia cranking up the power and turning on the juice, the Rockies were primed for a late-season Cinderella story featuring a rookie cast Monday night at Coors Field.

But in the 10th inning, right-hander Gavin Hollowell, thrown into the fire in his big-league debut, gave up a two-out, three-run homer to Thairo Estrada as the Giants rallied for a 10-7 victory.

Hollowell struck out the first two hitters he faced — Luis Gonzalez and J.D. Davis — but then his command deserted him. He walked LaMonte Wade Jr. and then served up the homer to Estrada on a 3-2 sinker.

Toglia, the right fielder/first baseman who made his debut Aug. 30, ripped an RBI triple off Giants right-hander Jakob Junis in the second inning for the first triple of his career. He got his next triple in the second inning, also off Junis.

When Charlie Blackmon ripped a line drive into the right field corner in the eighth, the Rockies had their third triple of the game. It was the 58th triple of Blackmon’s career, extending his franchise record.

Toglia showed off his wheels again in the seventh, drawing a walk, stealing second and advancing to third on first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr.’s throwing error.

For the record, no Rockies player has ever hit three triples in a game, but the team has hit two 25 times. The last time was by Ian Desmond, on May 7, 2019, also at Coors vs. the Giants.

Monday’s game was not textbook baseball.

The Giants committed four errors and the Rockies one. And quality pitching was hard to come by. The Rockies had 16 hits, including seven for extra bases. San Francisco rapped out 15 hits, five for extra bases.

Colorado right-hander Justin Lawrence, who’s been pitching so well, was called on to close out the game because both Daniel Bard and Carlos Estevez were not available to pitch. Estrada doubled off Lawrence to open the ninth and scored on Wilmer Flores’ single up the middle, cutting Colorado’s lead to 7-6.

David Villar’s double to right scored pinch-runner Austin Slater, tying the game, 7-7.

Rockies starter Chad Kuhl pitched a solid game until the Giants broke through for three runs in the fifth inning. Kuhl hit Wade to open the inning, Estrada followed up with a single and Joc Pederson hit a sacrifice fly. Brandon Crawford’s two-out single scored Estrada and Mike Yastrzemski’s single scored Crawford.



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