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Giants wallop Rockies 23-5 at Coors Field

Alex Dickerson homered three times and drove in six runs as the Giants became the first team in MLB history to have three players with at least six RBIs in the same game as San Francisco routed the Rockies 23-5 on Tuesday night.

“That’s by far the best game I’ve ever had in my life.”

Dickerson said after the game.

Dickerson, who finished the game 5-for-6, nearly had a fourth home run when he drilled a ball off the wall in deep left-center field in the ninth inning. His 16 total bases (three homers, two doubles) tied the Giants franchise record set by Willie Mays back in 1961. And he also became the 15th player in MLB history with five extra-base hits in a game.

“It’s incredible company. The things (Mays) did in his career and everything he means to San Francisco, to even be mentioned in the same breath as him is an incredible honor.”

Dickerson said of his achievement.

Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano joined Dickerson with six RBI games for San Francisco. When all was said and done the Giants finished with 27 hits on the night.

Highlights from the Giants 23-5 beatdown of the Rockies on Tuesday night.

Gray, relievers roughed up

Righty Jon Gray started for the Rockies and lasted just 2 2/3 innings giving up seven runs on nine hits. It didn’t get any better from there as the next four Colorado relievers all gave up at least two runs.

It got so bad that backup catcher Drew Butera came on to pitch in the eighth inning. He actually finished with the best line of anyone for Colorado as he threw 1 2/3 innings and gave up just one run on three hits while striking out one. His scoreless ninth inning was the only inning San Francisco didn’t score in on Tuesday night.

The 23 runs allowed marks the third most in franchise history. The Reds beat Colorado 24-12 in 1999 and the Cubs won 26-7 back in 1995.

As for the 27 hits allowed, that’s tied for the second most allowed by the Rockies. The Reds finished with 28 in their win back in 1999.

Colorado’s starting pitchers were a integral piece of the Rockies’ 11-3 start to the season, but in the past 12 games they have a 7.63 ERA.

“We talked just a few days ago about our starting pitchers leading the National League in quality starts, and you look at the innings pitched and it’s right there with any rotation in baseball. But those guys have to perform to get us into the ballgame. It’s awful hard to claw back like we’ve had to do the last number of games. Starting pitching is critical.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said after Tuesday night’s debacle.

Extra bases

Outfielder Kevin Pillar made his debut for Colorado in the game, he started in center field and went 0-for-3. The Rockies optioned left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl to the team’s alternate training site to make room for Pillar.

  • The lone bright spot for Colorado in the loss was Garrett Hampson who started at shortstop in place of Trevor Story and went 2-for-4 with two home runs. It was Story’s first game off this season.
  • TheAthletic.com’s Nick Groke wrote about a weird decision by Giants manager Gabe Kapler. In the seventh inning with San Francisco leading 18-2 Kapler challenged a call at first base that Giants right fielder Seven Duggar was out. The call was upheld. But challenging a call with your team up 16 in the seventh inning feels a bit extreme. Also, the Rockies had just two hits to that point in the game.
  • The teams finish off their short two-game series this afternoon at 1:10 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet) with Kyle Freeland (2-1, 3.43 ERA) scheduled to start for Colorado against San Francisco’s Logan Webb (2-3, 4.35).

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Marquez to start opener, Broncos nearing return, and Nuggets and Avs news

Rockies

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Colorado officially named German Marquez its starter for Friday’s opener in Texas against the Rangers. Jon Gray will start Saturday’s game and lefty Kyle Freeland will take the mound on Sunday.

Antonio Senzatela will be the team’s No. 4 starter and while manager Bud Black said Chi Chi Gonzalez and Jeff Hoffman have made the team, he did not say which would be the fifth starter.

My thoughts: What a difference a year makes. Last year Freeland as the Opening Day starter, and Gray the two years prior. Going into last season it felt like the Rockies had three really good pitchers at the top of their rotation. Now it feels more like who knows what to expect.

Marquez is right on the cusp of being one of the top pitchers in the National League, similar to where Gray was a little while back. The question is will he be able to take the next step and keep getting better.

I thought Gray was Colorado’s best pitcher last season until they shut him down near the end. But it’s hard to know what you’re getting with him. He still has ace potential, but doesn’t show it as much as you’d like.

And as for Freeland it would be hard to be worse than he was last season. And he doesn’t need to be as good as he was in 2018, but if he can regain that form Colorado really could contend this year.

Broncos

The Broncos got the all clear to start allowing their rookies and quarterbacks into their team facility at the end of this week.

If all goes according to plan players will be tested for COVID-19 on a daily basis during the first two week of training camp. If less than 5% test positive the testing will be allowed to be done every other day.

Nuggets

Both Jamal Murray and head coach Michael Malone preached patience when it comes to evaluating the Nuggets during the NBA restart.

The team’s first scrimmage is Wednesday, but both Murray and Malone talked more about the start of the playoffs, Aug. 17, for when the team will be firing on all cylinders.

My thoughts: This really makes perfect sense. With the season hitting the pause button in mid-March, it will have been more than four months until the season resumes. A full offseason in other words.

You don’t expect, or even want, a team to be perfect to start a season. The goal is to amp up and get better until you peak come playoff time. The goal for the NBA restart should be the exact same.

Seeding doesn’t really matter since there’s no home court. So the Nuggets only goal should be figuring out what they can to do peak at the right time.

Avalanche

Cale Makar was unavailable to practice for the second day in a row. The team has only said he’s “unfit” to practice and did not provide a timeline of when he might return.

Meanwhile, Connor Timmins continues to impress.

Nationally

According to various sources the NFL is offering the players the chance to have zero preseason games this year.

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