Austin homers twice but Giants lose to Rockies
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.