Giants 4, Rockies 2: Let’s hear it for the Giants bullpen

San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo (54) celebrates after striking out Colorado Rockies' Wilin Rosario to end the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 8, 2013. The Giants won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo (54) celebrates after striking out Colorado Rockies’ Wilin Rosario to end the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 8, 2013. The Giants won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

There were several good things to talk about after Monday’s win over the Colorado Rockies — Hunter Pence‘s three-run homer, Buster Posey‘s first RBI of the season, Madison Bumgarner battling through a less-than-perfect outing to earn the win.

All good topics, but we are going to give it up to the bullpen.

After Bumgarner left with two out in the sixth, Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo came in and retired 10 of the final 11 batters the Rockies sent to the plate, six of them by strikeout. The only batter to reach was Josh Rutledge, who doubled off Romo to lead off the ninth.

Rutledge was the first batter that Romo has allowed to reach base off him this season.

In fact, going back to last postseason, Romo had retired the last 24 batters he had faced — nine this regular season and the final 15 of the postseason (9 in the World Series and the final five of the NLCS Games 5, 6 and 7).

But after Rutledge’s double, Romo shut the door with strikeouts of Chris Nelson, Todd Helton and Wilin Rosario.

When protecting a lead, Giants relievers have an ERA of 0.87 with only two hits and no walks allowed in 10.1 innings. In all games, Giants relievers not named George Kontos have a combined ERA of 1.62.

  • Sergio Romo 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 Ks
  • Jeremy Affeldt 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks
  • Chad Gaudin 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks
  • Santiago Casilla 2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks
  • Javier Lopez 1.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Jose Mijares 1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

OTHER NOTES

  • The Giants’ win Monday was their seventh in a row against the Rockies dating back to last September.
  • Bumgarner wasn’t early as sharp Monday as he was last Tuesday in Los Angeles. But he muddled through to keep the Giants in the lead. He gave up two runs on five hits and five walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out five.
  • Buster Posey looked lost against Jorge De La Rosa, striking out twice and popping out. But against Chris Volstad in the eighth, he slapped a pitch into right field for an RBI single, his first RBI of the season.
  • Pence’s three-run homer to left was this third of the season in just seven games. It took him 38 games last year to hit his third home run after being acquired by the Giants from the Phillies. It was his second at AT&T this season. He only hit two last season at AT&T as a member of the Giants over a span of two months.

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