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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Roden scores 12, Dubon drives in 3 for SF Giants’ third straight win

SAN FRANCISCO – Manager Gabe Kapler had to make a decision. His starter was on 96 pitches, ran to trouble the first innings, and was due to face the middle of the Rockies order for the third time.

Kapler sent Carlos Rodone out for the top of the sixth, and Rodone responded with his 11th and 12 strikeouts of the game as part of the 1-2-3 final frame. He conceded two runs in the fifth and needed 30 pitches to complete the first innings, but Rodone’s outing will be remembered for his 12 strikeouts and 110 pitches.

A six-inning, two-run performance was more than enough to beat the Rockies 8-5, on the back of a multi-hit game by one-two punches from Mauricio Dubon (3-for-4, 2R, 3 RBI) . Austin Slater (2-for-4, 2R, BB), as well as Darin Roof (2-for-3, 2R, 2 RBI).

The victory was the Giants’ third in a row, allowing them to separate themselves from the Rockies and take one game ahead of each team in the NL West, which the Dodgers and Padres each lost.

Another decision Kapler made – this one before the first pitch – seemed good to the manager.

He decided to ride Dubon’s hot bat and put him in two holes behind leadoff man Austin Slater for only the third time this season.

Dubon hit Rockies starter Austin Gomber—his second in three games—and scored the Giants’ first three runs, kicking off a three-run rally that proved crucial, before moving from a single to sixth. His three-for-four effort was his second multiple-hit game in the past three days, extending his hitting streak to three games.

Darin Roof took home Dubon with his first two hits on Monday, extending his hitting streak to six games and giving him his second straight multi-hit game. Roof is 8-for-19 on his hitting streak with four walks, including another on Monday night, raising his OPS by 100 points to .589.

Wilmer Flores singled out and came around to score the second run of the Giants’ innings on a wild pitch when catcher Elias Diaz tried to stop Flores from moving from second to third, but sent the throw into left field. gave. With a base load and an out, the Giants pinched Jock Pedersen for Joey Bart, but Pedersen flew to the center, allowing Roof to tag and score from third base.

Slater reached base for the plate on his first two times, including a third from the center field wall, to advance from the bottom of the first, and was driven by Dubon each time.

The Rockies scored three runs off reliever Jake McGee in the ninth inning, but were stopped by the Giants’ pitching.

Rodan faced the heart of the Rockies Order – number 3 hitter Randall Grichuk and number 4 hitter CJ Cron – three times each and hit them each time. It was half of his 12 punchouts on Monday night, his second double-digit strikeout this season, reclaiming the MLB lead (53) in the process.

Krone entered the game leading the National League in home runs (nine), extra-base hits (17) and slugging (.651). His 1.013 ops was in third place and his .311 was ninth in NL. But on Monday night, he couldn’t manage to make contact against Rodan.

There was not much a Rocky hitter could do against Rodone, who made 23 swings and misses, one shy of his season-high mark that came on his debut against the Marlins. Two runs conceded in six innings extended his ERA to 1.80, with Clayton Kershaw tied for the fifth-best mark in the NL.

Even in his two-run fifth inning, Rodone dismissed the team in the middle of three singles and a walk. When Joe came in for the third time, The Rockies made two ons and two outs. Joe finished the count, and Rodone was one pitch away from ending the innings, but the 3–2 offer was just outside the strike zone, loading the bases for Jonathan Diaz, who ended the Rockies with only two runs. Rodone had run out. Broken-bat single to left field.

Rodone finished fifth three pitches ahead of Grichuk, then started sixth at 97 mph from Kron for strikeout No. 11 and 95 mph from Elias Diaz for strikeout No. 12.

He could have pitched deeper if he hadn’t worked in the 30-pitch first innings. He struck the edge and Connor Joe’s leadoff single was the only base runner of his innings, but all four Colorado batsmen saw at least five pitches.

Rodone’s 110 pitches were the most thrown by a Giants pitcher this season, only twice in the Kapler era (both times by Johnny Couto) and this season only to have been topped around MLB by Yankees Gerrit Cole (114 pitches).

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