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Rockies’ Nolan Arenado continues playing Giants killer

Nolan Arenado loves playing against the San Francisco Giants. Why not? When he steps on the field or into the batter’s box, he’s a human highlight reel waiting to happen.

Snapshots:

* The “Tarp Play” in 2015 in San Francisco that ranks as one of the greatest defensive plays in Rockies history.

* His walk-off home run on Father’s Day 2017 at Coors Field in which Arenado delivered his first career cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rockies a 7-5 victory over the Giants.

* Tuesday night, Arenado ripped starter Kevin Gausman’s first pitch of the sixth inning over the left-field wall in Colorado’s 5-2 victory over the Giants. It was Arenado’s 30th career home run vs. San Francisco, the most ever by a Rockies player vs. the Giants. Arenado came into the game tied with Colorado icon Todd Helton at 29. Remember, Helton played 17 seasons, Arenado is in his eighth.

* Arenado has hit a homer in one of every 17.38 at-bats vs. the Giants, which ranks as the 14th-best of mark of all-time (minimum 500 at-bats). Of the 13 players ahead of Arenado on the list, eight are Hall of Famers: Mike Schmidt, Billy Williams, Frank Robinson, Eddie Mathews, Ralph Kiner, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella and Hack Wilson.

Asked why he plays so well against the Giants, Arenado said he didn’t have a reason. Then he proceeded to rattle off a bunch of reasons:

“I don’t know. I really don’t know. But I have always said this. Coming up when I was a rookie (in 2013), it was the Giants who were the team. They would go to the World Series and win it every other year, it seemed. They were in a different category. They were so good and so elite and you knew they were always going to be there.

“San Francisco, when I was first coming up … it was daunting going there and we didn’t win a series forever.

“So I don’t know what it is but there was always motivation. It’s like going to L.A. now. You get excited, because of the energy in San Fran and the energy in L.A. It’s always super fun to play against them. And for some reason, our games here against the Giants are always kind of crazy. But I really don’t know, I’m just happy I’m doing it.”

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