The Coors Effect

May 13, 2010 1:47 AM

Olivo's walkoff shot beats Phils

You've got to think Miguel Olivo is feeling some heat.

It's been fifteen days since the Rockies demoted Chris Iannetta to Colorado Springs.  Iannetta's only hit .318 with four homers since his demotion.  Meanwhile, Olivo had gone through a 4-for-34 stretch after Iannetta was sent out, as if to say "Paul Phillips isn't going to take my job, so I don't need to hit any more!"  While it was a positive development that Olivo had drawn five walks in that stretch, and only struck out seven times, his .148 BABIP was almost like some higher power had transferred Iannetta's bad luck on balls in play to Olivo.

So, facing that sort of pressure, Olivo responded with a 5-for-5 day at the plate -- on a day when Roy Halladay was the opposing pitcher, no less -- and ended the game with a walkoff homer in the tenth inning to send the crowd home happy.  Okay, so the crowd probably wasn't too happy that that ended the day of baseball -- the Rockies were scheduled to play a doubleheader, and the second game was postponed.  But Olivo had a great day, seeming to remind Rockies brass why they had demoted Iannetta in favor of him to begin with.

The other hero of the game was Brad Hawpe, who hit a two-run double off Halladay in the sixth inning to make Olivo's walkoff job possible.  Hawpe also got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.  It helped that the two hitters at the top of the lineup, Carlos Gonzalez and Seth Smith, combined for five hits.

Rockies Top Three

1.  Miguel Olivo
: Obviously.

2.  Carlos Gonzalez: Gonzalez hasn't been a walk machine this season, but it's hard to complain when your leadoff hitter is hitting .330.  3-for-5 days like today are becoming a regular occurrence.

3.  Brad Hawpe: See above.

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