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What we learned in Giants' bounce-back win over Rockies

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Giants' Mike Tauchman and Curt Casali

SAN FRANCISCO -- After the bottom of the fourth inning at Oracle Park, Giants pitcher Alex Wood burst from the entrance of the home dugout. He was on the mound and ready to warm up before two of the three Colorado Rockies outfielders had even reached the infield dirt.

That was the kind of pace Wood worked at throughout a second straight spectacular performance. The lefty had the Rockies all the way back on their heels, no-hitting them into the sixth inning of a 7-3 win.

Coming off seven one-hit innings against the Miami Marlins, Wood didn't allow his first baserunner until Charlie Blackmon's walk in the fifth inning. The first hit came -- just barely -- with two outs in the sixth. Garrett Hampson hit a sinking liner to right that hit the end of diving Darin Ruf's glove but didn't stick.

The Rockies chased Wood in the seventh but couldn't make it a game. Here are three things to know -- with a bonus -- from a night with a lot of no-no talk.

Good Wood

The final line didn't quite tell the story of how dominant Wood was. He ended up going six-plus innings and allowing two runs on four hits, three of which came in the seventh. Wood struck out a season-high nine and got 15 swinging strikes, 10 with his slider and five with his changeup.

Through three starts, Wood has a 1.50 ERA and has allowed just nine hits in 18 innings. He has 20 strikeouts to just three walks. Wood has faced the Marlins and Rockies only, but he certainly looks like a pitcher who was an All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017.

 

The End Came Quickly

Wood was so ingrained in cruise control that when he unsuccessfully tried to steal third in the bottom of the sixth, it almost made sense to just get him into the dugout and back out on the mound, but the Rockies rallied in the top of the seventh.

Wood issued a leadoff walk and then watched as the Rockies went bloop single, infield single, seeing-eye single to score their first run. With Wood at 97 pitches, Gabe Kapler pulled the plug.

Camilo Doval entered and quickly got out of the jam with some help from the Brandons. Doval got a grounder to second that Tommy La Stella shuffled to Crawford, who made a twisting throw to first where Belt was ready with a scoop. Another grounder got Doval out of the bases-loaded, no-outs jam with just one run scoring.

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Patient Rally

The Giants want to wear opposing starters down, and German Marquez looked like he had had just about enough of them as the second inning went on. Every plate appearance was a good one, with even Wood seeing five pitches in a strikeout, and Marquez had thrown 38 total pitches by the time he got through the order for a first time.

A pair of walks with the bases loaded gave the Giants their first two runs and Brandon Belt made it 4-0 with a bloop to center. Marquez, the Rockies' best pitcher, was better after that frame but still lasted just four innings. He threw 89 pitches.

Bonus Thing To Know!

Mike Tauchman had a hard single to left in his first at-bat and then added a couple of infield singles. He matched the number of hits he had in 11 games with the Yankees and he also played a nice center field and wore high socks.

Giants won the trade.

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