DENVER – Any time you take the mound at Coors Field, you know you're likely to be in for a shootout. When you do so after your team scored 19 runs in the first game of a double header, you probably expect an extra layer of fireworks, too.
Yet Dereck Rodriguez has none of that. In his return to the big leagues, the Giants manages just two runs. It was a normal game, the type you would find at sea level. Luckily for the Giants, they hand over the ball to a pitcher who finds the field.
Rodriguez made his big league debut here last year and has said that he feels comfortable in the game's toughest park for pitchers. He likes the rubber. He likes the way he feels here. On Monday, at the same time, Giants to a 2-1
"I like the way the mound feels and that's a big thing," he said.
There are few pitchers who have ever felt that way in Denver, but Rodriguez was the right guy to have in Game 2 of a DoubleHeader dare we say it – suddenly good baseball team. For the first time since May 7. They continue to chase down the lead pack in the Wild Card race.
When Rodriguez returned to the team previously, he found a group that was just about every night and headed nowhere. This time, he could feel the difference right after spending a couple of weeks in the minors preparing for this start.
"I feel the momentum," he said.
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The Bullpen was brilliant ] Rodriguez was asked to come through just five innings, and he just allowed one run on four hits. He struck out six and did so with swagger.
"The body language said it all," Vogt said. He was determined, it was great. "