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This Week in Rockies History (June 20th-June 26th)

If history is any indication, then the Rockies are going to play some wild games this week.  While their overall record is 50-59 for this week, they have enjoyed a wide range of thrilling victories and also endured some really painful loses.

Rockies Weekly Records

 

Year

Wins

Loses

1993

4

3

1994

3

3

1995

3

3

1996

1

5

1997

3

4

1998

5

2

1999

2

4

2000

3

4

2001

1

6

2002

5

2

2003

4

2

2004

3

3

2005

3

3

2006

3

3

2007

2

5

2008

1

5

2009

4

2

All Time Record

50

59

  

Best Games This Week

June 25, 1995 (Padres) (11-3)

What could possibly be so special about a blowout win over the Padres?  Andres Galarraga’s performance, that’s what.  The Big Cat hit home runs in three consecutive innings to tie a major league record and give the Rockies and easy victory.  Galarraga’s home runs all came with men on base as well as he hit two run shots in the 6th and 7th innings and a three run blast in the 8th.

June 20, 2002 (Yankees) (14-11 in 10 innings)

Colorado rallies from a 7-1 fifth inning deficit to beat the evil empire for the first time in franchise history on a Todd Zeile 10th inning HR.  The comeback is highlighted by an eight run 6thinning that includes a Hollandsworth grand slam.  It doesn’t get much better than this for a game in June.

June 21, 2002 (Devil Rays) (8-7 in 10 innings)

The very next night, the Rockies put on an encore performance to beat the Devil Rays (As they were known then) with a four run 9th inning comeback that included four doubles and a triple before a Larry Walker single won it in the 10th.

June 21, 2007 (Yankees) (4-3)

(Day of the Purple Broom)  Normally a 4-3 win on a Thursday afternoon game in June is forgotten.  That changes however when that 4-3 win is to sweep the Yankees, knock them back to .500, and put them in serious danger of missing the playoffs.  The win also makes the Rockies 5-1 against the Red Sox and Yankees that season; a truly joyous occasion and big step for the franchise.

June 20, 2009 (Pirates) (9-7)

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the Rockies had that 16-1 stretch last June.  The 15th win in the streak included several late inning fireworks that included a game tying three run HR by Iannetta in the 8th and a game winning two run HR by Helton in the 9th

 

Worst Games this Week

June 22, 1999 (Cubs) (12-13)

It’s never a good thing when you score 12 runs and lose but it’s even more painful when you had a 9-1 lead early in the game.  Darryl Kile, Jerry DiPoto, and Mike DeJean all gave up at least three runs while the Rockies’ bats went into a late inning slumber.  Two days later the Rockies would fan the flames as they would once again lose to the Cubs while scoring double digit runs, this time by a score of 12-10.  (This series against the Cubs dropped the club back to .500, a mark they would never again get above for the rest of the season.)

June 22, 2007 (Blue Jays) (8-9 in 10 innings)

June 22 doesn’t seem to be a very good day for the Rockies.  Eight years after the collapse against the Cubs, Colorado found themselves in a tight game against the Blue Jays that went to extras tied at six.  In the top of the 10th, it appeared as if the Rockies were going to win the game when Troy Tulowitzki launched a missile down the left field line for a two run home run that game the Rockies an 8-6 lead.  Unfortunate Brian Fuentes gave up four straight singles in the bottom of the 10th and the Rockies lost the game 9-8 and began what would become an eight game losing streak.

 

Other News

June 20 1993 – Rockie fans broke countless attendance records early in the franchise’s history but this was one of the strangest.  After becoming the fastest team to eclipse the million mark on Mother's Day, the Rockies crack the 2 million mark on Father's Day, in just their 36th home game. This is five games faster than the old 2 million fan mark held by the Blue Jays who reached it after just 41 home games.

June 26 1995 – Not even half way through its inaugural season, Coors Field is awarded the 1998 All Star as a reward for gigantic crowds and a beautiful place to play baseball. As many expected, it became (and still is) the highest scoring All Star game in MLB history.

 

Birthdays

Bobby Seay (June 20, 1978) – He may have had a tremendous season with the Tigers in 2007, but Seay was horrible when he pitched for the Rockies in 2005.  He season here lsted just 11.2 innings while he sported a 8.49 ERA.

Cory Vance (June 20, 1979) –  Here’s a guy who just didn’t quite make it at the major league level.  He pitched out of the bullpen briefly in the 2002 and 2003 seasons with the Rockies but was sent down to AAA and never made it back up again.

Jeff Baker (June 21, 1981) –  Before trading him to the Cubs for minor league pitcher Alberto Alburquerque the Rockies got quite a bit out of Baker as a role player.  My favorite memory of him was the inside the park home run he hit against the Indians in June of 2008.

Jorge Brito (June 22, 1966) – In just 26 games as the Rockies catcher in 1995 and 1996, Brito failed to  generate any offensive production as he hit just .185 with  a slugging percentage of .231.

Brad Hawpe (June 22, 1979) – While there may be some holes in his defense, Hawpe has been nothing but a consistently good bat in this lineup for several years now as he has finished each of the last four seasons with on OPS between .879 and .926.

Matt Daley (June 23, 1982) –  Daley was called up to the majors last season when expectations were low for him and proved all of his doubters wrong.  He stayed at the top level by constantly throwing strikes and not falling behind hitters while somehow having just enough to keep them off balance.

Jason Romano (June 24, 1979) – He only played parts of four seasons in the majors but he made the most of his time with Rockies in 2002 as he batted .324 in just 18 games for us.

Kane Davis (June 25, 1975) –  In 2001, Kane was able to piece together a somewhat productive season for the Rockies out of the bullpen despite surrendering 11 home runs in 68.1 innings pitched.  He finished his only season with the Rockies with a 4.35 ERA.

Mike Myers (June 26, 1969) – ERA wise, Myers was one of the most productive pitchers the Rockies have ever had.  In two seasons here in the pre-humidor days of Coors Field, Myers posted a combined 2.74 ERA while getting lots of lefties out and keeping the Rockies ahead or at least in several games.

Luis Alberto Gonzalez (June 26, 1979) – Gonzalez got worse each season he spent with Colorado.  2004 OPS = .799, 2005 OPS = .753, and 2006 OPS = .625.

 

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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