The Coors Effect

July 7, 2010 12:41 AM

Nine-run ninth inning lifts Rockies

Yeah.  That just happened.

In what looked like a hopeless scenario, the Rockies went into the bottom of the 9th inning down 9-3 to the Cardinals.  Then the bottom of the ninth came.

To recap: Miguel Olivo singled.  Seth Smith lined out.  Melvin Mora singled.  Clint Barmes walked (surprise!) and Olivo scored on a passed ball.  Chris Iannetta hit a three-run homer... and the Rockies were still behind by two runs.

Hopeless?  Not at all.  Dexter Fowler followed that with a double.  Fowler moved up to third on a groundout by Brad Hawpe.  Carlos Gonzalez hit an RBI single.  Still behind 9-8.  Jason Giambi singled.  Miguel Olivo hit his second single of the inning.  And then Seth Smith hit a walk-off three-run homer.

Again: That really happened.

So the Rockies won 12-9, despite a bad outing by Jeff Francis.  Of course, the Rockies had already knocked 11 hits even before the ninth inning.  And on a night when the Padres lost, this was huge.

Rockies Top Three

Seth Smith: 3-for-4, two walks, walkoff homer.  'Nuff said.

2.  Carlos Gonzalez: 4-for-6 with his fifteenth homer of the season.  Good night.

3.  Jason Giambi: 3-for-5 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

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