Matt Holliday scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of th 13th inning last night, sending the Colorado Rockies into a first round playoff match up with the Philadelphia Phillies after an amazing 9-8 victory over the San Diego Padres. Jamey Carroll drove in the winning run after entering the game earlier to pinch run for third baseman Garrett Atkins.
The Rockies were able to take an early lead against Padres ace, and probable Cy Young winner, Jake Peavy, but couldn’t hold onto the lead as the Padres fought back thanks to a grand slam by slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. But the Rockies never stopped fighting and were able to come back and eventually make up a two-run deficit in the 13th to win the 163rd game of the year. All-time career saves leader Trevor Hoffman came into the game in the 13th, but couldn’t record a single out until the sacrifice fly that won the game.
After the more than four hour affair, the Rockies will fly to Philadelphia for the first playoff game of the year on Wednesday. This marks the first time that the Rockies have qualified for the playoffs since 1995.
I’ll be honest that I haven’t seen this Rockies club much this year, but man can they play baseball. Defensively they are on their own level and some of those hitters can really club the ball. Despite scoring the winning run, potential MVP Matt Holliday didn’t overly impress me, as he had chances to win the game in the 8th, 10th and 12th before finally scoring the winning run. Brad Hawpe has a nice arm in right and showed enough plate discipline to walk three times. At age 28, he is really coming into this own.