Eye on the Rockies: Late-Inning Magic One Night, Late-Inning Tragic the Next
After Charlie Blackmon's three-run home run provided the Rockies a 16-inning win on Tuesday night, the Rockies fell victim to Jaylin Davis delivering a walk-off home run for the Giants 2-1 victory Wednesday night. The shot off of DJ Johnson with one out in the ninth was Davis' first big-league home run.
Davis became the first Giants player to have a walk-off home run for his first big-league home run since Fran Healy on April 15, 1971. The five other times it has happened came when the Giants were still in New York City -- Valmy Thomas (May 11, 1957), Jack Conway (July 11, 1948), Gary Gearhart (May 31, 1947), Bernie James (May 30, 1933) and Jack Bentley (Aug. 26, 1923).
It was the Rockies' seventh walk-off loss of the seasons. Three of the seven came in three consecutive games against the Dodgers June 21-23 at Dodger Stadium.
At the Plate
Garrett Hampson is valued because of his ability to play second, third, short and all three outfield positions. He also is showing an offensive ability that adds to his value. Hitting .208 after games of Aug. 27, Hampson has taken off with a regular playing schedule, and has hit .373 in his 24 games since, and succeeded on 10 of 10 stolen base attempts. He also has added a bonus -- five home runs in the 24 games. In three full minor-league seasons he had a total of 20 home runs, a career high 10 coming a year ago when he split time between AA Hartford (4 home runs, 38 games) and AAA Albuquerque (6 home runs, 72 games).
On the Mound
Tim Melville had another solid start, but wound up with a no-decision on Wednesday night. He allowed one run in five innings against the Giants at Oracle Park. There is, however, a sharp contrast in his brief time with the Rockies to his success at home and on the road. At Coors Field he is 0-3 in four starts with an 8.04 ERA, and that includes five shutout innings in his Coors Field debut Sept. 26 against the Braves. He has a 2.04 ERA in his three road starts.
The Rockies suffered their 90th loss of the season in the 158th of their 162-game schedule. It equals the seventh biggest loss total in franchise history. They also lost 90 games in 1999. The franchise record is 98 losses in 2012.