In an odd night, even Jason Giambi's performance was a sight to behold. Struggling mightily as a pinch-hitter this season, Giambi wasn't even scheduled to start until the rainy conditions gave Tracy a reason to sit Todd Helton. But when the game finished with a 7-1 Rockies victory, Giambi had three home runs and seven RBI.
In the first inning, Giambi came to the plate without having a hit since April 10 (18 at-bats). But with Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki on the corners, Giambi unleashed a ball to right field for the early 3-0 lead. He would return in the third inning with Carlos Gonzalez on second following a double. Giambi sent another shot to right field, increasing the lead to 5-0. In the fifth, Giambi hit his third home run (fourth of the season) to right field, this time with Troy Tulowitzki on base.
The other odd thing about the game was the Phillies' pitching. Scheduled to start, Joe Blanton had his elbow issues to prevent that. Kyle Kendrick drew the start and gave up Giambi's first two home runs. In the third inning, pitcher Cliff Lee came out to pinch-hit for Kendrick.
Jhoulys Chacin tamed the Phillies for seven innings, the only blemish a Raul Ibanez ground rule double in the fourth inning. He struck out nine and walked one.
The Rockies (23-19, 12-9 away) head to Milwaukee for a weekend series with the Brewers.
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