The Kid Rocks came up short, losing 6-4 to the Giants Thursday night at Oracle Park, but at least they didn’t wave the white flag.
Colorado, which started six rookies, was down 6-0 entering the ninth inning after putting just three runners on base all night. But the Rockies scored four runs in the inning, powered by a sacrifice fly by C.J. Cron, a two-run homer by Sean Bouchard, and an RBI triple by Elehuris Montero.
The improbable rally ended with rookie shortstop Ezequiel Tovar grounding out to third against closer Camilo Doval.
With lefty strikeout guru Carlos Rodon starting for the Giants, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Giants would prevail. Rodon was dominant, striking out 10 over his six innings, walking none, and allowing just two hits.
Yonathan Daza led off the game with a double and Tovar led off the sixth with a double for the first extra-base hit of his major league career. Other than that, Rodon was perfect.
The Rockies have lost five straight and nine of their last 11, but at least their youngsters are getting significant playing time as the season winds down. The six rookies who started Thursday night were: Bouchard in left field; Michael Toglia in right; Montero as the designated hitter; Tovar at short; Brian Serven as the catcher; and right-hander Ryan Feltner on the mound.
Toss out one inning and Feltner pitched pretty well. But San Francisco torched him for five runs in the second inning.
Brandon Crawford led off with a single and Feltner walked Thairo Estrada and Jason Vosler to pack the bases. Austin Wynn’s single made it 1-0. Proctor didn’t waste his big opportunity, lifting Feltner’s first-pitch sinker over the left-field wall for a memorable first homer of his career.
Injury news. Second baseman Brendan Rodgers came off the injured list before Thursday’s game. He’d been sidelined with a strained hamstring. Rodgers started Thursday’s game and hit third.
In a corresponding move, outfielder Connor Joe was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right serratus (rib) strain, retroactive to Sept. 26. Joe’s season is over.
Also, outfielder Randal Grichuk missed his second game because of flu-like symptoms.