Scott McClain and Pablo Sandoval Go Back-to-Back, Giants Pound Rockies 9-2

Evan AczonSenior Analyst ISeptember 3, 2008

Nate Schierholtz provided a spark at the top of the lineup to power the Giants over the Rockies Wednesday in a 9-2 win.

The Giants' season is pretty much over and it’s now the time to cycle everyone in as much as possible, including all the newcomers brought in with the September call-ups.

The everyday players are no longer playing every day. Rookies are playing all over the field, and for the last couple games against the Rockies and Reds, the younger Giants didn't really look like they were getting the job done.

But they came into today's game against the Rockies with an even fresher, even more different lineup. Fresh off his appearance at the Olympics, Schierholtz took a deep at-bat with Aaron Cook and turned it into a double down the left-field line. Longtime Minor League journeyman Scott McClain knocked him in. Two batters later, Travis Ishikawa drove in the Giants' second run with an RBI single.

Schierholtz got it started again in the third with a single, which started a string of three singles that loaded the bases. After Aaron Rowand grounded out and moved the runners up, Ishikawa came through again and hit a deep double to right field. He scored a batter later on a single by Emmanuel Burriss.

The younger Giants struck again in the top of the sixth, again starting with a double by Schierholtz, who raised his average to .545 in September. Sandoval was part of his second back-to-back home run tandem in the last week, sending a ball soaring over the right field wall. This was followed by McClain's first Major League home run, after 362 long balls in the minors and Japan.

Barry Zito looked like he shook off his last start in Cincinnati. He pitched eight innings, allowing only two runs, striking out five, and continued his successful partnership with rookie catcher Pablo Sandoval.

Also, to go back to my last article, Zito's start against the Reds was with Molina behind the plate, making it three starts with Sandoval behind the plate, recording a 3-0 record and going eight innings twice, with a 1.96 ERA.

The Rockies' scoring consisted of only four hits. One was a home run by Clint Barmes in the sixth, and another was a fielder's choice by Jeff Baker in the second.

The Giants come back to San Francisco to face the Pirates for a weekend series, with Kevin Correia (3-7) squaring off against Zach Duke (4-13).