Coors Field does not suffer from fools. Yesterday the giants hit the double head, scored 19 in the first game and won 2: 1 in the second. You can not surrender to Coors Field like that. You may be able to get away with holding the Rocky Mountains for several games, but the account is always due. And tonight he did it. Exceptionally.
Will Smith allowed only three home runs this season – and only six for two and a half seasons with the giants – before dropping two at the bottom of the ninth. Two are also the number of burned-up rescues that Smith already has during the season, both of whom have come to this trip. What does this mean?
Will Smith paid the price of the giants. But Coors Field does not beat you, this creates the conditions to defeat yourself. He falls into your heads and triggers all your insecurities, triggering that voice that tells you that you are not good enough, everyone knows you are a deceiver, and you will build your fastball for no good reason.
But Smith did not give up. He had won – easily – two raised fatigues and all the contacts of the Rocky Mountains came to the four. After left-handed Rimmel Tapia hit the ball in the left field, Smith finally did what most pitchers could not do: he changed his mind. He withdrew from the next two strokes by throwing his slider and holding the 4-4 draw. The Curse of Coors Field relies on stumps that do the opposite. The giants of two months ago would not be able to hold this tie. The giants from two months ago would not be pushed at the start of the tenth and put four more runs. Rockies' Ninth Infinity Rally would be a blow to the mouth that would make them quit.
But these are the giants now and play with purpose. Playing as the last three years have not happened – or, better yet, as though they are not interested. There is nothing deep about the 46-49 team, but the giants have been at the bottom of the division for most of the year and are now third and only three games from the playoffs. This is literally years since the giants were so entertaining. Years have passed since somebody got hot and stayed hot. Alex Dickerson hit the ball hard and often since joining the team, and tonight he climbed to the top of the tenth. His hit in the eighth innings finally gave the Giants a slightly bigger division, expanding 2-1 to 3-1. That night we also saw Dickerson's intelligence. Both of these RBIs hit the swing adjustments. Both were actually far from speed – though the knife of the tenth missed spot and hit the middle of the plate – and he shot them in the left field. He went with the tests, which means that he is not just a clumsy gallot that only swings to the fences.
But this is Colorado! Swinging for fences works! Indeed, Posey and Crawford and Sandoval tried to do just that at the beginning of the census, and then changed their approach as their bats continued. It would be easy to stay at the height of the fence, but the giants did not succumb to this temptation.
They're focused. They play for something. Maybe it is Bocci. Maybe it's just to overcome the feeling that you're a bad team. Or perhaps it is that the fresh organs have revived the old ones. Whatever the case, the giants are now better than ever in the last calendar year and are now 6-2 in extra innings for the season. Drew Pomerantz had another solid start, but he himself sabotaged it enough to keep him from being stellar. He finished the top of the second inning, turning into a double game and then going to the top of the sixth. He would give up a single on the next batter and would be drawn, which means he has finished more than five innings (so 5.1+) only once this season.
This is not great, but then again, if you adjust your expectations and watch it as a fifth starter, it's also not terrible. When he was the best, he was hard. Tonight he did not throw his curve, but it was effective to throw 91-94 mph, and the lower end of that moment was more like a quater than a straight.
He removed 11 Rocky Mountains a few weeks ago, and it seemed that most of the battles expected him to attack with the same arsenal and sequences he had received in San Francisco, but he had a completely different approach. The time around, raising its speed but still holding it in the area, and holding the Rocky Mountains of Balance.
Maybe he just did not feel that curl tonight, or maybe it's all part of the plan. Anyway, it's hard not to accrue the performance with the way the Giants play late: smarter, more focused, and better-performing.
Kevin Pull made three fantastic plays in the huge space of Coors Field. Here are two of them:
This second one had a 50% probability of catching. The post is deep throughout the night because the ball bears a high mile. This meant he really had to have good jumps to get balls that died before they reached him and he seems to have done at least three times. This fifty-fifty catch, however, reinforces that he still knows what he is doing there and still has a protective talent to compensate for the lower average bat.
These are good instincts. It plays with focus and purpose.
Mark Melankon came to finish the game at the bottom of the tenth, seemingly auditioning for the role of the closest after the trade deadline. After Mark Reynolds noted with ease, he set out with Charlie Blackmon. Now, this is the 4 leaders. He was Coors Field, but the walk stood out. Melancon closed the game unharmed, but if you look at the game, just think about Sam Dyson's inning. Or Tony Watson.
Can not I remember them? This is because they were meaningless.
We'll miss this title when it's gone.
Like the giants woke up after a three-year nap and end the season for 2016
– Sami Higgins (@ samihiggins) July 17, 2019
… if he even went? 19659024] The Giants burst into lead in Coors Field. We know how this story usually ends. Tonight they returned and won 8-4, and looked like a team we barely know.