Giambi walk-off homer lifts Rockies over Dodgers 8-5
DENVER — Rockies veteran power hitter Jason Giambi is used to odd defensive alignments. Usually fielders are tilted to the right-field side.
On Wednesday, with runners at second and third and one out in the bottom of the ninth of a tie game, the Dodgers’ infield was in and the outfielders were practically infielders.
Giambi, however, hit the ball where it can’t be caught for the 429th time in his career. Giambi’s dramatic home run off Dodgers left-handed reliever Scott Elbert — and over the gaggle of bodies trying to stop any line drive or grounder from scoring the game-winner — gave the Rockies a wild, 8-5 victory at Coors Field in front of 30,276.
“It was nice that they were in — usually there’s a guy playing rover, they’ve got an extra fan out there,” Giambi said.