Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Rockies beat Giants on Arenado's homer in ninth

Nolan Arenado Nolan Arenado
Kristopher Love | 20 June, 2017, 02:57

In Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants, Arenado came up big when it mattered most, as he turned a 5-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth into a three-run home run, completing the cycle and giving his Rockies the 7-5 win in the process. The more hard of the two was Tuesday at home against Kansas City, which got to the 26-year-old for seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 frames en route to an 8-1 win.

Facing one of the game's best closers in Mark Melancon the left-handed hitting Tapia went down 1-2 then fouled the next two pitches off. His batting line is now up to.299/.352/.573, and his performance combined with the Rockies' blistering start have him squarely in the early-season conversation for National League MVP. The other players to accomplish this are Ken Boyer (1961), Cesar Tovar (1972), George Brett (1979), Dwight Evans (1984) and Carlos Gonzales (2010). A blooper into center field, another one that we couldn't quite get to and an eight-hopper to center.

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4, 10 inn.: Rey Fuentes hit his first major league home run in the 10th inning, lifting Arizona over Philadelphia.

NOTES: Rockies RHP Carlos Estevez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and struck out the one batter he faced in the ninth. The move is retroactive to Friday. He became only the sixth player in baseball history to hit a walk-off homer with a cycle. Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (cancer) threw 15 fastballs in his first bullpen session from 60 feet, 6 inches...

Those were extra-base hits Nos. LeMahieu reached back to field the ball and tossed it to Story while sitting on the infield. Crawford was initially called safe at second, but the Rockies challenged and the call was overturned.

DODGERS 8, REDS 7 Logan Forsythe (Arkansas Razorbacks) and Justin Turner hit home runs, Kenta Maeda (5-3) pitched five strong innings and drove in two runs, and Kike Hernandez made a spectacular game-saving catch as visiting Los Angeles held on to beat Cincinnati.