This one does in fact go to eleven! The Rockies swept their third consecutive series and won their eleventh game in a row overall with a 7-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners (30-33). The win moved the Rockies (31-32) within one game of .500 and maintained their place 3.5 games back in the wildcard standings.
National League Wild Card Standings
|San Francisco||34||28||.548||0||Won 3|
|New York||32||29||.524||1.5||Lost 1|
|San Diego||28||34||.451||6||Lost 3|
(updated 6.14.2009 at 5:01 PM MDT)
The Rockies were helped in a big way by an excellent pitching performance by Jason Hammel (5.1 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 6 K), who improved his record to 4-3 and his ERA to 4.10. Also producing in a big way for the Rockies were Todd Helton (3-4, R, RBI), Chris Iannetta (1-4, R, 3 RBI on a fifth-inning bases-clearing double), and yes, even Garrett Atkins (3-4, batting average up to .204!).
After the Rockies' 5-run fifth (delivering cheap tacos!), the game was pretty much in hand, but there was a little drama provided by a rain/tornado delay. For all intents and purposes though, the game was over when the rain came down.
Where do the Rockies go from here? Well, first of all they'll enjoy a well-deserved off-day (their first in 17 days!), and then they'll host the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game set--looking to see the plus side of .500 if the Rockies can keep the hot streak going. Two weeks ago I certainly didn't think I'd be writing that!
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