Colorado Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes has certainly become a fan of doing things the unconventional way. At least when it comes to home runs. Barnes has two home runs on the season, and they are both of the inside-the-park varitety, and both within the last nine days.
Today Barnes brought a friend along for the inside-the-park home run fun, as Charlie Blackmon scored in front of him on the drive to right-center field off of Giants closer Sergio Romo in the top of the ninth inning to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead, which they would keep. This is Romo’s second blown save of the weekend. He allowed five runs while only recording one out against the Rockies in last night’s game.
The Giants were not about to be one-upped in the bizarre department in this game though. After catcher Hector Sanchez reached base on an error in the bottom of the ninth, they brought in Tim Lincecum to pinch run. Yes, that Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum was retired at second base when outfielder Angel Pagan grounded into a double play to end the game and give the Rockies the win.
Barnes became the first player in Rockies franchise history (which dates all the way back to 1993) to record two inside the park home runs in the same season.