Well, this happened.
If you’re an East Coaster like myself, that is QUITE the box score to wake up to. Hitter-friendly Coors Field was up to its usual shenanigans Tuesday night with the Giants piling on a ridiculous 23 runs in their rout of Colorado. San Francisco made a bit of history in the process with a record three players going for at least six RBI including Alex Dickerson, who had a career night with three homers, two doubles, a walk and five runs scored. One of Dickerson’s blasts, a goliath, upper-deck shot to deep right, traveled an estimated 480 feet, making it the second-furthest home run in MLB this year as well as the Giants’ longest hit of the Statcast Era, which began in 2015.
Dickerson, who entered Tuesday night with 20 career round-trippers in 521 MLB at-bats, had a chance to become the 19th player and first since J.D. Martinez in 2017 to slug four home runs in a single game. He came up just short, launching a towering, 414-foot double in his final at-bat of the night. That two-bagger came in the ninth inning, which, ironically, was the only frame San Francisco didn’t score in. The game had given way to complete anarchy at that point with veteran catcher Drew Butera lobbing up 80-mph meatballs in his seventh career pitching appearance.
Tuesday’s eye-popping 23-5 final score, though rare, is not without precedent. In fact, it happened as recently as 2017 (hat tip to Cespedes Family Barbecue for flagging down this unusual occurrence) when the Nationals, led by a herculean six-hit, 10-RBI performance from Anthony Rendon, went scorched earth on division-rival New York at Nationals Park. Mets starter Noah Syndergaard lasted just an inning and a third in the losing effort.
There’s no sugar-coating a loss of this immense magnitude as the Rockies’ usually upbeat Twitter account could only muster the words, “It sucked.” All too familiar with the agony of defeat, the Blue Jays offered a virtual hug, which the Rockies graciously accepted.
Obviously, there’s a lot to unpack any time a team puts 23 runs on the board, but beyond Dickerson’s heroics and the lopsided final score, arguably the most iconic moment of Tuesday’s slugfest came when manager Gabe Kapler savagely called for a challenge with the Giants leading 18-2 in the seventh inning. Kapler’s plot was ultimately foiled as the initial ruling (out at first base) held up on review.
The Rockies and Giants conclude their two-game set Wednesday at 3:10 PM ET. Kyle Freeland (2-1, 3.43 ERA) and Logan Webb (2-3, 4.35) are the scheduled starters for Colorado and San Francisco, respectively.