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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Rockies Clinch At Home: Rockies 9, Brewers 2

The Rockies clinch a postseason spot at home by clobbering Manny Parra and the Brewers, chasing the Milwaukee starter after only 2.2 innings. Parra walked in two runs in the third, including Colorado pitcher Aaron Cook — impressively, his second walk of the day. He ended up walking three times and collecting a pair of RBIs.

With a stiff wind coming into the park from the outfield, a lot of long balls stopped short of the fence, with only Ryan Braun's solo shot providing the lone Milwaukee run for most of the game. Cook came close to a complete game, getting through eight innings with only 85 pitches on his arm, but Jim Tracy called on Franklin Morales to complete the ninth. He almost got out of it scorelessly, but then with two out and Prince Fielder on first, he surrendered a double to Mike Cameron. That was all the Brewers got, and the Rockies get on the plane to Los Angeles to chants of "Beat LA". Congratulations to the Rockies, who make their second postseason appearance in three years, and tied a franchise record 90 wins.

Update: Purple Row reminds us of an odd factoid: every October 1 game the Rockies have won, has been won by a winning team (four in all, and three by teams headed to the postseason). Every one lost was lost by a losing team.

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