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Remebering Rocktober: NLDS Game 3, Rockies 2, Phillies 1

The first official playoff game at Coors Field since 1995 saw a little bit of everything. But, the important part was that the Rockies were up 2-0 on the Phils, and only needed one win to get to the NLCS.

Ubaldo Jimenez struggled a bit in the first inning, but struck out Aaron Rowand to escape a jam with runners on 1st and 3rd.

In the second, it got weird. With Ubaldo facing Shane Victorino to leadoff the inning, all of the field lights at Coors shut off for 14 minutes. Giving Ubaldo much needed time to clear his head. Once the lights came back on, Ubaldo set the Phillies down in order in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings.

The problem for the Rockies was that Jamie Moyer was doing the same thing. The Rockies threatened in the bottom of the second, getting 2-out singles from Hawpe and Spilly. Moyer then walked Yorvit to load the bases...for Ubaldo, who grounded out to end the inning.

No one really threatened to score again until the fifth when Yorvit got a one out single and was sacrificed to second by Ubaldo. That brought up Game 2 hero Kaz Matsui, who tripled down the left field line, scoring Torrealba and giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

The Phillies answered in the 7th, when Victorino hit a solo shot off a tired Ubaldom tying the game, 1-1.

The game stayed tied until the bottom of the 8th, when Atkins and Hawpe each got 2-out singles, putting runners on 1st and 3rd for the pitchers' spot. Jeff Baker came in to pinch hit and dropped a bloop single into right field, scoring Atkins and giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead with Corpas ready in the 'pen to face the heart of the Phillies order.

Corpas did his job in the 9th, striking out Ryan Howard and getting weak ground balls from Rowand and Victorino, and the Rockies were headed to the NLCS!

The brooms were everywhere that night, I was there with my brother and family and we had a silver and black broom with a Rockies logo on it. I'll try and post a pic of it later tonight with some more of the story of my day that day.