It took nearly half of the 2011 season, but the Colorado Rockies are finally owners of a walk-off win. Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 13th inning, Troy Tulowitzki worked a 1-out walk. Then Seth Smith struck out on three pitches against lefty Will Ohman. With the outfield back to prevent an extra base hit, Ty Wigginton hit a high blooper to straightaway centerfield. With Tulowitzki in motion, 3B coach Rich Dauer sent Tulowitzki, and the Rockies scored a walkoff run from first on a bloop single.
About damn time.
Seth Smith continues to punish right-handed pitching, as he drove in both runs in regulation - one on a sacrifice fly and one on a single, but the biggest heroes of the night were the Rockies pitchers, particularly the bullpen. Matt Belisle, Huston Street, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Lindstrom Rex Brothers each threw a scoreless inning, each protecting a 2-2 tie. Combined, they retired 24 of the 28 batters they faced.
In what was a night for landmarks, Brothers was awarded with the first win of his career thanks to his 1-2-3 nine pitch 13th inning. The White Sox lost for the first time in four tries in Denver as well.
39 - 40
Jason Hammel wasn't bad either, retiring his last seven batters and being quietly efffective on the night, despite the fact his putaway pitch has seemingly disappeared. The lanky right-hander managed to record 21 outs Tuesday night without punching out a single White Sox batter, giving him just 7 K's in his last four starts. That tends to cause problems, but Hammel managed to induce 12 groundballs to put up a rather strong start.
Alexei Ramirez hit a solo home run in the second inning, and the White Sox scored a run in the fifth inning by virtue of a single by the 8-hole hitter, four pitch walk to the pitcher and a double by Juan Pierre, who is more of a punchline than threat of late. After a walk, Hammel induced a double play from Carlos Quentin.
Comment of the Night
Jason Hammel (+.193): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 K, 2 BB, HR. 0-for-2.
Ty Wigginton (+.190: 1-for-6, GW RBI 1B
Rafael Betancourt, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Reynolds, Rex Brothers and Huston Street (+.156): 1.0 IP, 0 ER each.
Chris Nelson (-.314): 1-for-6, K.
Chris Iannetta (-.136): 0-for-4, sac bunt.
Troy Tulowitzki (-.105): 0-for-4, 2 BB, GW R
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