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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Rockies @ Phillies NLDS Game 2: Rockies 5, Phillies 4

Aw, fooey — by the time I remembered this game was on, it was already approaching the end. The Rocks battered Cole Hamels for an early 4-0 lead, chasing him after only five innings and pressuring him in every frame. Todd Helton's groundout in the first got Colorado their first lead of the game, and Yorvit Torrealba provided a two-run jack in the fourth to extend the lead. Dexter Fowler's fifth inning sac fly brought the lead to 4-0.

But that was pretty much the end of the cruising for the Rocks. Aaron Cook, who had given up harmless singles in every inning prior to the fifth (and a walk in the third to Cole Hamels), started getting hit hard in the fifth, though without result. The sixth was a different story, and Cook failed to retire anyone in the inning, ultimately giving up an RBI double to Ryan Howard. Jose Contreras relieved him, and allowed his inherited baserunners to score, bringing the score to 4-3 and putting the Phils within a run.

Colorado picked up another run on Dexter Fowler's sac fly in the seventh, but Todd Helton was unable to solve reliever Joe Blanton for more. Similarly, Jayson Werth's solo homer in the eighth got the game back to a one-run game, but Franklin Morales finished off Raul Ibanez to end the frame. The Rocks loaded the bases up in the top of the frame, but Jason Giambi struck out swinging to end the threat.

Huston Street came in for the bottom of the ninth and got the first two out fairly easily, despite allowing a one-out walk to Matt Stairs. But Jimmy Rollins stroked an elevated slider for a single, and Shane Victorino, loops one out to Clint Barmes to end the game with the winning run at first.


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And believe me, I'm happy Victorino didn't get a winning or tying hit. Our local sportscasters love the "Maui-born Shane Victorino." If he'd done something like that their heads would have exploded on live TV, which would not have been pretty.

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