Tonight, Troy Tulowitzki showed the difference between a "young star" and a "superstar" when he came to bat with the Rockies down 4-3 in the eighth inning and Carlos Gonzalez on first and two out against Sam LeCure.
The at-bat began with Tulowitzki taking two close pitches outside to jump ahead in the count 2-0. In years past, Tulo would probably have swung at the two borderline pitches, gotten himself into a bad count and made an out to end the inning. Instead, he worked LeCure to a full count before lining a fastball over the left field wall for a two-run home run that gave the Rockies a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish.
The Rockies trailed thanks to a less intelligent play by Edgmer Escalona. With runners on the corners in the 7th and the game tied at three, Escalona tried the fake-to-first, fake-to-third move that was outlawed by Major League Baseball this season. A balk was called that allowed Xavier Paul to score the go-ahead run.
The Rockies took an early lead in the second inning when Michael Cuddyer and Yorvit Torrealba scored on a double by Jonathan Herrera, who was driven in on Dexter Fowler's single to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead against Homer Bailey.
It was 3-1 in the fourth when Juan Nicasio allowed a double to Todd Frazier that scored Joey Votto, who had singled, to cut the lead to 3-2. Two batters later, Ryan Hanigan doubled off of Nicasio, scoring Frazier and tying the game at three.
Rex Brothers closed out the game for the Rockies in the ninth, earning his second save of the season and lowering his ERA to a mind-boggling 0.35.
Jon Garland will face Johnny Cueto in tomorrow's series finale.
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