Of course they did. Baseball is weird. Entering the game on an eight game losing streak, the Rockies managed to get the least suspenseful extra inning win that I can remember thanks to an 8 run 10th inning to snap the losing skid. It was a memorable way to end a long losing streak, and it's one of those rare pockets of fun in what has otherwise been a dreary 2012 campaign for Colorado.
The 10th began innocuously enough, with a Michael Cuddyer seeing-eye single. Eric Young followed with a sac bunt that turned into a 1st and 3rd no-out situation when Jose Valverde decided to throw an eephus pitch to first base. After an intentional walk to Todd Helton to load the bases and a groundout, the floodgates burst open. Wilin Rosario hit a chopper that made its way over the pulled in infield to plate two, Dexter Fowler hit a sac fly, Marco Scutaro singled in another run, then Carlos Gonzalez hit a 3 run bomb (17) -- followed immediately by a Cuddyer solo shot.
Both Gonzalez and Cuddyer had 3 hit nights, while Rosario, Chris Nelson, and Jordan Pacheco each had 2 hits. Nelson's 2 hits were a RBI triple to score the game's first run and a 2 run homer (3) that put the Rockies up 4-3 in the 4th. Actually, every member of the starting lineup got a hit -- there were 16 total for Colorado in the game.
Jeff Francis fared better in this game (but not much better, to be honest), lasting 5.1 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2. Once again though it was the bullpen who deserves a gold star, as 4 relievers combined to throw 4.2 innings of 1 hit shutout ball, striking out 5. Matt Belisle ended up getting the win (3-2) with 2 scoreless frames.
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Let's go for a series win tomorrow!Graph:
We Salute: Nelson (.272 WPA), Belisle (.258), Rosario (.243), Rex Brothers (.168)
We Are Disappointed In: Jason Giambi (-.183), Adam Ottavino (-.168), Jordan Pacheco (-.147)
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