What. A. Comeback! It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that. It’s been even longer since we could say that the Sim Rockies came out on the right side of that kind of comeback. Down seven runs in the sixth inning, they clawed their way back and ended up scoring eight unanswered runs to seal the 11-10 victory in extra innings.
Don’t hassle the Sim Hoff
Sim Jeff Hoffman is probably the unsung hero of this game, pitching 4 2⁄3 innings of relief and eventually earning the victory. He came in to relieve Sim Jairo Díaz, who gave up four runs on four hits with two walks in his 1⁄3 inning of work. Not great, but to be fair, all of the hits were singles. Hoffman came in and immediately hit Sim Victor Reyes and gave up a two RBI single to Sim Harold Castro that was barely fair. But then he got two quick outs to finish the inning. He then went on to pitch four more innings, including three 1-2-3 innings. He gave up a single to Sim Cameron Maybin to lead off the seventh, but then retired 12 straight Sim Tigers. That was the Tigers’ last hit of the game. Sim Tyler “Must See” Kinley pitched a perfect 11th to earn his first save as official closer. Hoffman has been a bit of a mop-up reliever this year and has had some mixed results, but this was an absolutely dazzling performance from him.
Comeback taco’s for the win!
For the second straight game, the Sim Rockies offense came alive. They were down early, but everyone did their part to bring the team back. They especially feasted on Tigers’ relievers Sim Yency Almonte, Sim Joe Jiménez, and Sim Rony García (who ended up with the loss). The only Rockies player not to get on base all night was Sim Sam Hilliard, who finished 0-for-6 with a golden sombrero. Sim Trevor Story finished a homer shy of the cycle for the second time on this road trip with a triple and two doubles. Sim Daniel Murphy continued making up for last week, adding two more hits after not having any last week. Sim Charlie Blackmon and Sim Tony Wolters also had multi-hit nights.
Sim-zatela held his own
Lost in all of the craziness was Sim Antonio Senzatela. After a poor showing last week, he didn’t quite have the same bounce back that Sim Germán Márquez did the day before, but he still pitched pretty well. He gave up three runs in the first inning (as did Tigers’ starter Matthew Boyd), but only gave up two hits and one run after that. After each inning that he gave up runs, he came back with a 1-2-3 subsequent inning. Senzatela was pulled after five innings and 69 pitches after allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Not incredible, but certainly better.
If you wish to watch the game in its entirety (it’s a good one!), check out the game video here.
The Sim Rockies will look to bring out the brooms against the Sim Tigers. It’ll be two southpaws who toe the rubber — Kyle Freeland for the Sim Rockies and Daniel Norris for the Sim Tigers. First pitch is at 11:15am MT, see you then!