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Tuesday Rockpile: Counting down the Rockies' top 5 postseason home runs

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Baseball did its thing on Monday as two games were decided on memorable late home runs. Though the Rockies aren't in the playoffs this season, they've had their share of memorable postseason long balls.

Justin Edmonds

In case you missed it, baseball happened on Monday night.

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton and Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe each hit game-winning home runs late in their teams' respective contests. Lobaton drove a pitch from Koji Uehara, who spent the entire second half being literally unhittable, into the fish tank at Tropicana Field. Uribe failed on a couple of bunt attempts before telling Don Mattingly to cool it with the bunting by unleashing a two-run bomb into the left field seats at Dodger Stadium.

Both were unforgettable moments, and both rank highly on the list of top home runs in the history of each franchise (though Uribe's will obviously never beat this).

I'm sure by now, you're saying, "I came here to read about the Colorado Rockies! What is this idiot babbling on about?" Well, this idiot is about to give you some much-needed positive nostalgia by running down a list of the top five postseason home runs in Rockies history, inspired by the events of Monday night.

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5. Vinny Castilla (off of Greg Maddux, Game 1 of the 1995 NLDS vs. Atlanta Braves)

This one is here because it was the Rockies' first postseason home run. It also gave Colorado a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning and had a sellout crowd at Coors Field rocking. Of course, Atlanta went on to win the game and eventually, the series.

4. Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday (off of Kyle Kendrick, Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS vs. Philadelphia Phillies)

Tulowitzki, who was the second batter of the game, hit a controversial home run in the first inning. Matt Holliday's jack, well, wasn't controversial at all. The back-to-back homers set the stage for a shot that was much more memorable later in that game.

3. Yorvit Torrealba (off of Livan Hernandez, Game 3 of the 2007 NLCS vs. Arizona Diamondbacks)

The Rockies and Diamondbacks were locked in a 1-1 tie in less-than-desirable conditions at Coors Field when Torrealba stepped to the plate with runners on first and second and two outs against Hernandez. After working the count full, Torrealba sat back on a curveball from Hernandez and deposited into the front row of the left field pavilion.

2. Kaz Matsui (off of Kyle Lohse, Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS vs. Phillies)

Despite the back-to-back solo shots in the first inning by Tulowitzki and Holliday, the Rockies found themselves down by a run entering the fourth inning. With two outs and the bases full of Rockies, Charlie Manuel elected to bring in Lohse, normally a starter, to attempt to get out of the jam. It didn't work, as Matsui lofted a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall.

Who can still vividly see the Phillies fans' rally towels collectively dropping as soon as the ball left the bat?

1. Matt Holliday (off of Micah Owings, Game 4 of the 2007 NLCS vs. Diamondbacks)

Holliday's the only man who appears on this list twice, and for good reason. The Rockies' 1998 seventh-round pick had a postseason to remember in 2007, lifting the Rockies to a play-in game victory before crushing five homers in three playoff series. Not one of those was bigger than his three-run shot in the bottom of the fourth that gave the Rockies a five-run cushion and sent them to their first World Series.

So, there you have it. The Rockies' top five postseason home runs. What does your list look like? (Also, if anyone can find video of the 2007 NLDS Game 2 home runs, shoot me a note.)

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