Three Months Later, Giants Finish What They Started Against Rockies
DENVER (AP) – Andrew Susac wasn’t even with the San Francisco Giants when their game against the Colorado Rockies was suspended three months ago.
When it resumed Monday, the backup catcher helped them finish it off in style.
Hunter Pence hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth and, more than three months after he homered in the early innings, led the Giants over the Rockies 4-2 in a game resumed after being suspended on May 22 because of rain.
Susac’s leadoff single in the eighth set the stage and will now show up as his first hit in the majors, at least in the chronology of this season’s box scores. Until Monday, his first hit was listed as July 30, a few days after he was promoted from Triple-A Fresno.
“This kid wasn’t even close to being here when this suspended game happened,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “But he got us going.”
The game restarted tied at 2 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and a runner on first. Jeremy Affeldt struck out pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge to end the inning.
Affeldt (4-2) earned the win with 1 1-3 hitless innings. Before Affeldt took over, David Huff was the pitcher of record for the Giants – he was traded to the New York Yankees on June 11.
Pence, who homered in the fourth inning on May 22, doubled home Susac. Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa added an RBI single.
“Pence is a clutch hitter, a good hitter. Put together a good at-bat,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Santiago Casilla – on the disabled list when this game initially began – got his 14th save in 18 chances.
Christian Friedrich (0-4) took the loss.
Righty Tim Hudson will pitch in the game scheduled for Monday. Hudson was the starter on May 22, going three innings before exiting because of the lengthy weather delay. The Rockies will throw lefty Franklin Morales.
There were several oddities in this game because of the long layoff.
Tyler Colvin and Brandon Hicks, who both started that game in May for the Giant, were later designated for assignment.
The Rockies have four players appearing in the final box now on the DL – shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, outfielder Michael Cuddyer, catcher Wilin Rosario and righty Tommy Kahnle.
It also was enjoyable for the fans, too, which were treated to an early rendition of the seventh-inning stretch classic, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” The crowd began singing the words just 12 minutes after the game resumed.
On May 22, a run scored when Rosario grounded into a double play in the fifth, making it 5-all. An inning later, the umpires suspended the game after a second rain delay.
Giants: INF Brandon Belt (concussion) remains about a week away from resuming baseball-related activities.
Rockies: LHP Boone Logan (left elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. The 30-year-old Logan was 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA.
Giants: RHP Yusmeiro Petit (4-3, 3.44 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season on Tuesday. He beat the Rockies 4-1 last Thursday.
Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles is making a second straight start against the Giants. He surrendered one run in six innings during a no-decision last week.
Giants: With rosters expanding Monday, the Giants recalled LHP Mike Kickham and OF Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno. They also purchased the contracts of INF Chris Dominguez and C Guillermo Quiroz from Fresno, along with recalling RHP Hunter Strickland from Double-A Richmond.
Rockies: Colorado brought up 1B Ben Paulsen and LHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The team also selected the contract of INF Rafael Ynoa from Colorado Springs.
Strickland taped to his locker a photo of his right elbow shortly after Tommy John surgery. He wrote below the picture: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
The 25-year-old Strickland has steadily progressed since undergoing surgery on June 4, 2013. He missed the early part of the season to recover before going 1-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 11 saves at Richmond.
“That photo feeds something inside of me,” said Strickland, who had his wife and parents fly in with his major league debut imminent. “It keeps you humble and remembering where you came from.”
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