Instant Replay: Giants-Rockies rubber match called due to rain

Instant Replay: Giants-Rockies rubber match called due to rain
May 22, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Michael Morse scored the Giants' second run from first base on a double by Pablo Sandoval. (USTSI)


Pablo Sandoval hit a home run that didn’t count Thursday afternoon. But everything else that happened in 5 2/3 innings at Coors Field will.

In a 2-2 game that weather interrupted twice, the Giants and Colorado Rockies didn’t resume after Michael Cuddyer hit a two-out single in the sixth inning. The two sides will resume the game when the Giants return to Denver in September.

An exception was Sandoval’s home run in the second inning. He circled the bases but replays were conclusive for a foul ball.

Starting pitching report

Tim Hudson didn’t allow any hard contact in three innings, nor did he show any signs of the hip discomfort that caused him to miss his last start.

The only run he allowed came in the third inning when Wilin Rosario hit a bloop single, advanced on a pair of ground outs and scored on Michael Cuddyer’s infield hit to the left side.

Hudson threw 68 pitches. Given the hip issue, the Giants weren’t about to toy with bringing him back after a delay of one hour, 22 minutes.

Bullpen report

David Huff replaced Hudson when play resumed following the first delay. Huff allowed the tying run to score in the fifth inning, but it was a decent tradeoff because it scored on Rosario’s double-play grounder. The Rockies set up their rally with a pair of singles that put runners at the corners.

Huff allowed a two-out single to Michael Cuddyer in the sixth when play was halted for a second time.

At the plate

Sandoval became the second major league hitter this season to have a home run called back when his drive down the left field line was correctly overturned and called foul after a review in the second inning.

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa didn’t return after the first delay, and the Giants greeted Tommy Kahnle with a two-run fourth inning. Hunter Pence appeared fooled but his emergency hack at a chest-high, 0-2 slider, but he still barreled it up and sent it over the right field fence for his fifth home run of the season.

They tied it when Michael Morse walked and chugged home from first base on Sandoval’s double to the wall in center field. This time, Sandoval got to keep his RBI -- and got rewarded for another good swing.

In field

Morse and catcher Buster Posey collided on a foul pop in the fourth inning, but Posey hung onto the ball to end the inning and strand two runners. Posey, who missed the previous two games with nerve irritation in his back, did not appear amused when Morse patted him on the back.

Up next

The Giants start their next homestand with a three-game interleague series with the Minnesota Twins. Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.20) on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. PDT. It’ll be Ryan Vogelsong (2-2, 3.62) vs. right-hander Ricky Nolasco (2-4, 5.50) on Saturday and Madison Bumgarner (5-3, 3.38) vs. right-hander Samuel Deduno (1-2, 3.53) on Sunday.


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