Giambi had watched video of some of his past at-bats and realized that he was crouching over more than normal. The adjustments paid off in a huge way, giving the Rockies a win in a place where they had lost 11 of-their-previous 12 games.
The night almost didn't happen, but stiffness in Todd Helton's lower back forced Jim Tracy to make a decision. He could either start Ty Wigginton at first base, or give a struggling Giambi a chance to get a few at-bats.
Credit Tracy for an excellent call. The button he pushed at the last minute gave the Rockies all seven RBIs, and helped Jhoulys Chacin to his fifth win.
Lost in the three homer game from Giambi was yet another step forward from Chacin. The righty was staked to a big lead, but was able to navigate his way through the Phillies potent lineup with ease. The Venezuelan right hander gave up just four hits and one run in seven innings. He struck out nine Phillies, while walking just one.
The 23-year old has an ERA that sits at just 2.70, and is quietly making a case for an All-Star appearance.
Giambi's game was huge for the Rockies. Much of their offseason was spent boasting about their depth. They felt that they were so deep that they could re-sign Giambi, and use him primarily as a late inning pinch hitter. However, the bench for the club has vastly underperformed, prompting questions as to whether Giambi was a fit with the club.
He has struggled in the late-night role. He didn't seem to have the same confidence at the plate when he hadn't seen a pitch in a week. With Ty Wigginton able to spell Helton at first base, there didn't seem to be a need for a struggling 40-year old Giambi.
If Giambi has figured out his swing, and the evidence of that won't come in one night of good swings, then the Rockies will be in good shape. It will give the Rockies another threat to put some runs on the board, especially in close games, where the team hasn't fared extremely well.
After the game, the Rockies traded struggling lefty Franklin Morales to the Red Sox for a player to be named later, or cash. The move was well-overdue, but the move still represents a turning point for the club.
Morales struggled as a reliever. He couldn't seem to find the strike zone, and patience was wearing thin, not only in the stands, but in the front office as well.
It was time for the Rockies to move on, but Morales still represented a huge portion of a memory that Rockies fans will forever be grateful for. WIthout Morales stepping onto the scene in late 2007, the Rockies don't go to the postseason. They don't win 14-out of-15, and they don't win the pennant.
Despite his struggles, Morales should not be remembered by Rockies fans as a failed reliever, but as a pitcher who set the Rockies scoreless innings streak as a 21 year-old just getting his feet wet in the big leagues.