Thursday, October 28, 2021

Brandon Belt propels the Giants past the Rockies with 846 feet worth of homers

Saturday was Larry Walker’s night, but it was a Brandon Belt game.

Walker’s number 33 after Rocky retired, the Giants’ veteran first baseman smashed 846 feet worth of homers at Coors Field to put Colorado 7-2 in first place.

“I feel really good right now,” Belt said. “I feel the best I can, simply because I have taken some time off for this season (due to injury). My feet feel great… I’ve been consistent (with my attitude) from play-by-play to the end. I’m definitely on a hot streak, but for me it’s a little more than that.”

Belt is reducing .314/.413/.686 with 13 homers in his last 30 games. And his two homers propelled the Giants to set the franchise mark for the Dingers at 236 in a season.

After Walker’s pregame ceremony, which delayed the first pitch by 25 minutes, Belt drove John Gray’s ninth pitch into the right field seats 425 feet to set the tone for San Francisco.

Gray, who is a free agent after the season, said he thought of the possibility that Saturday could be his final home start with Colorado. Gray has said he wants to re-sign with the Rockies, and the club had preliminary talks with his agent about a deal. But nothing is guaranteed for 2022.

“It’s been a tough road for me (with the Rockies), and I haven’t taken it easy for myself,” Gray reflected. “But then it’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world… I thought about (likely to leave) tonight, and I wanted to take it out but also appreciate it in my mind. I really I was trying to pick it up because (this night) is something I’ll always remember.

After a single shot off the belt, the Rockies responded in the bottom half of the first against Giants right-hander Anthony Descalfani. Brendan Rodgers and Charlie Blackmon made things happen with singles, then CJ Cron’s RBI groundout and Ryan McMahon’s two-out RBI double gave Colorado a 2-1 lead.

Although the belt was not done. Which should come as no surprise to the Rockies killer, who had 21 career homers in 75 games he entered Saturday against Colorado, in addition to .967 ops at Coors Field, the most of the lefty slugger in his 11-year career. More than any other team they faced.

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