Rockies’ losing streak moves to seven after dropping 18-inning marathon to Giants
The Denver Post
SAN FRANCISCO — One of the longest, most bizarre and frustrating games in Rockies history came to a bitter end in the wee hours of Saturday morning at Oracle Park.
Erik Kratz hit a one-out, bases-loaded, fielder’s choice grounder off reliever DJ. Johnson in the 18th inning to score Brandon Belt and lift the Giants to a 3-2 victory. Belt opened the inning with a double off the right-center field wall.
Kratz, the 38-year-old catcher, caught all 18 innings for San Francisco.
“I got a second wind in the 17th inning,” he told Giants reporters. “I got energy from seeing pitchers come out and throw longer than used to and executing pitches. They did an incredible job.”
The Rockies employed a five-man infield in an attempt to douse San Francisco’s rally, and the strategy almost worked when Kratz chopped the ball to Ian Desmond, who was brought in from center field. Desmond threw home for the force out, but catcher Chris Iannetta’s foot was not touching home plate.
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