Rockies 9, Pirates 7: DID I JUST SEE THAT?! Rockies clinch another series

Iannetta and Helton lead supercharged comeback and walkoff win

There's only one thing the Rockies crazy streak has been lacking, at least when comparing to that other streak.  There had been no dramatic-epic-come-from-behind-walk-off wins.  No curtain calls or even many close games.  Now the streak is complete.

Things looked rosy for the Rockies going into the sixth.  Ian Stewart had just hit a 2 run home run off a tough lefty in Sean Burnett for a 4-2 lead, and Jason Hammel was cruising on his way to a career high fifth straight win.  Hammel opened the seventh by allowing two singles and a walk, and Jim Tracy turned to Matt Daley.  Rookie Andrew McCutchen promptly tripled just beyond the glove of Carlos Gonzalez in left center, and Nyjer Morgan followed with a single past the drawn in infield. 

Alan Embree then shut the door by inducing a double play but allowed consecutive doubles in the eighth for a 7-4 lead.  Joel Peralta turned in yet another strong performance in getting three outs and facing just two batters. Then the fireworks started. 

John Grabow walked Brad Hawpe but made Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Stewart look silly with two clutch strikeouts.  Carlos Gonzalez rapped a solid single, then Chris Iannetta calmly turned an 0-2 pitch into a towering 3-run tying home run, his first home run to centerfield.  He joined Tulowitzki and Hawpe in the 10 HR club during the series.  

Huston Street worked through two baserunners in the ninth but got the win when the Rockies took the game in walk-off fashion in the ninth.  Pinch-hitter extraordinaire Seth Smith pulled an 0-2 pitch for a single, and Todd Helton belted a majestic 2-run walk-off home run.  A no doubter to deep right.  Kind of reminds me of another night.  Are you grinning like a fool now? Box Score 

35 - 33

36-32

83-79

27-41

2007: 35-33

WC GB: 2.0

 

Notes 

  • The Rockies have now won 15 of their last 16 games.  As far I can tell, that hasn't happened in any one regular season in franchise history.  The last time it happened overall was Sep. 16, 2007 - April 1, 2008.  Carlos Gonzalez has been with the team for all but one of the wins.
  • Until Matt Daley allowed the 3-run double in the seventh, Jason Hammel had an ERA under 4.00.  For a brief moment, the Rockies had three starting pitchers with sub-4.00 ERAs.  The most they have ever finished a season with is two, in 2008.
  • The win clinches a series win for the Rockies, giving them five straight series victories.  They only had four all season preceding the streak.
  • Colorado has now scored the second most runs in the National League and only trail Los Angeles and St.Louis (by two) in run differential in the Senior Circuit.
  • The Rockies have won the last six games started by Jason Hammel.
  • With losses by Cincinnati and Milwaukee, the Rockies moved to within two games of the wild card, tied for third place with the Cubs and Mets.

And for the most awesome WPA graph of the season:

6/20 Fangraph
 

WPA Heroes:
Ian Stewart (.427) - 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, K
Chris Iannetta (.378) - 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI
Todd Helton (.302) - 2-for-, HR, 2 RBI

WPA Zeroes:
Matt Daley (-.349) - 0.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 K, 3 inherited runners score
Jason Hammel (-.145) - 6.0+IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Quiet Star:
Joel Peralta quieted things down after Matt Daley and Alan Embree struggled in relief of Jason Hammel.  He made a great play to get the lead runner on a bunt with two on and no out, picked off a runner and struck out a man.  His gutsy performance set the stage for Iannetta and Helton. 

 

Rowbot Roll Call

WolfMarauder, MohrPlease, coolopotamous, holly96, mkorpal, TulsaDriller, Mondogarage, AtkinsandTulofan, lizardlad01, Narcoleptico, Poseidon's Fist, rockies17_4, dogs, El Paso Jeff, Russ, Franchise26, fatheadX, Shoemaker, OrangeTorpedo, wolf213, theshiva, fantasyfencing, indianrox, Maris6161, Hizilla, walkoff59, SC Memphis Raines, DieHardRox, FooMan, purplesocks, Kaneda, JBauer6430, WalkInRight, befizzle.

No centurions tonight.  

 

Comment of the night:

This is paralleling 2007 so much...

it’s kind of scaring me.

by Squeaky on Jun 20, 2009 10:13 PM MDT

Notice their 2007 record after 68 games.  WEIRD.  They have had the same record as the 2007 team after each of the last seven games.  Cue the creepy music.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Purple Row

You must be a member of Purple Row to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Purple Row. You should read them.

Join Purple Row

You must be a member of Purple Row to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Purple Row. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker