Austin homers twice but Gi­ants lose to Rock­ies

The Tribune (SLO) - - Weather - BY KERRY CROW­LEY

DEN­VER

The tem­per­a­ture at first pitch of Thurs­day’s se­ries fi­nale be­tween the Gi­ants and Rock­ies was 39 de­grees, but the wind chill made it feel like a frosty 32 de­grees.

As snow fell from the sky and be­gan to stick on the warn­ing track dur­ing the first in­ning, ev­ery­thing in sight at Coors Field was freez­ing.

Ev­ery­thing ex­cept for the bats.

On a day that ini­tially ap­peared mis­er­able for hit­ters, the Rock­ies and Gi­ants com­bined for 23 runs and 23 hits in a 12-11 Colorado win.

“In the first in­ning, I was like, ‘What is hap­pen­ing,' “Gi­ants first base­man Tyler Austin said of the snow flur­ries. “I’ve never had any­thing like that.”

The 39-de­gree tem­per­a­ture at first pitch marked the sec­ond-cold­est game in San Fran­cisco-era his­tory for the Gi­ants, as a game that be­gan in 38de­gree weather in April, 2013 at Wrigley Field against the Cubs was slightly chill­ier.

The Gi­ants trailed by three runs en­ter­ing the top of the ninth be­fore Bran­don Craw­ford and Joe Panik recorded RBI hits to nar­row the deficit to one. After hit­ting a game-ty­ing homer with two outs in the ninth in­ning on the first day of the Gi­ants’ road trip, Stephen Vogt struck out to end Thurs­day’s game against Rock­ies closer Wade Davis.

Austin made his first start in more than a week and hit his first two home runs with the club on Thurs­day. After hit­ting a two-run homer to put the Gi­ants on the board in the third, Austin be­came the first Gi­ants player to record six RBIs in a game this year with a ga­me­ty­ing three-run blast in the top of the sixth.

“He touched both of those balls and one off a right-han­der, he’s got big power,” man­ager Bruce Bochy said. “He did a nice job of get­ting us back in the game.”

Austin’s sixth-in­ning homer trav­eled 441 feet, the far­thest ball hit by a Gi­ants player this sea­son.

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