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Michael Morse hit two home runs today for the Giants to help the team avoid a three-game sweep at Coors Field.

Michael Morse hit two home runs today for the Giants to help the team avoid a three-game sweep at Coors Field.

Looking to avoid a three-game sweep at Coors Field for the first time since 2002, the San Francisco Giants turned their offense up to 11.

Turns out that was how many innings they needed to finish a wild day game against the Colorado Rockies.

In a game where both teams kept finding the sweet spot on the baseball, the Giants (12-10) grabbed a 12-10 victory over the Rockies (12-11). It started with a first-inning two-run slam by Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, and set the tone for a game that saw a total of 9 home runs belted.

For the Giants, four players hit home runs, including Brandon Hicks (2nd inning) and Brandon Belt (7th inning).

LF Michael Morse hit two home runs to keep them in a game about to spin out of control. After the second inning, SP Matt Cain had already allowed five runs, but Morse managed to score in the second and third innings – including the game-tying three-run shot in the 3rd.

C Hector Sanchez, spelling Buster Posey for the day, made up for an 0-f0r-4 start at the plate with two shots of his own in the late stages of the game – a solo shot to tie the game at 8-8 in the eighth, and a tie-breaking grand slam in the 11th, to put the Giants ahead for good. He finished the day with a career-high five RBIs.

Despite RP Sergio Romo struggling at the bottom of the 11th, giving up a final two-run HR to Justin Morneau – the ninth of the day – he finished the game on a double play ball against Brandon Barnes.

The Giants get a day’s respite for the winning effort, to prepare for a six-game home stand to end the month of April. They start a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

Other Notes:

  • SP Matt Cain struggled on the mound (7.0 IP, 10 H, 7 ER) for the first time since an outing against the Dodgers on April 6 (6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER), despite the no-decision. He has gotten off to a rocky start, with an 0-3 record – though, to be fair, he had given up only one run and two runs, respectively, in his previous two losses. For a pitcher who was meant to be the stop-gap for the team’s previous losing streak, he wasn’t very effective. Sometimes it comes down to bad luck (or a bad offense) for an ace pitcher to struggle this bad to start the season.
  • The Giants continue their inconsistency on offense, with Wednesday’s game being an obvious peak in a week of scoring droughts. Case in point: the 12 runs scored in today’s contest was the same amount as their previous 7 games, including four one-run outings – a stretch where the Giants went 2-5.

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