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Right Where We Want Em…

By Chris Jacobson

And that’s how it begins. It starts twenty four outs into a 9-3 rout the visiting Cardinals seem to have wrapped up. In the top of the sixth inning Matt Holliday hit a bomb off of Jhoulys Chacin that still hasn’t landed, scoring the last of the Cardinals nine runs. The shot released the last of the thin air from Coors Field. Fans were sparse by the eighth and the game seemed officially out of hand; out of hand to everyone except our die hard Rockies.

That’s how a season turns around. It happens in the ninth inning of a game that has gotten away from the Rockies. It starts with a couple of meaningless singles, a walk and a past ball. It builds a little momentum with a Chris Ianetta home run but it still seems like too little too late. It culminates with five runs on two outs in a nine run ninth. Seth Smith’s two out home run capped his impressive three for four performance and what might be the greatest inning in Colorado’s history. It was the best ninth inning walk off win in the modern era. The fans that stayed for the comeback wouldn’t leave when it was over. They had just seen the impossible.

That’s how a team learns that you play all twenty seven outs. The game was over, when they were down by six, down by five, three, and two. Nice rally, but the game was over. Jim Tracy offered, "If there's a huge lesson learned from this game, the game's 27 outs long, and you play every single one of them". The stunned St. Louis Cardinals learned that lesson the hard way.

Taking three of four from San Francisco was big, winning eleven of seventeen since Tulowitski hit the disabled list shows heart, getting Jimenez a no-decision after he surrendered seven showed toughness but this is the kind of rally that can make a ho-hum season into something special. Hopefully this comeback reminds this years Rockies that this is the same team that finished last season 74-42, the best record in baseball during that span.

1 comment:

  1. Can't agree more, mark your calenders because this is an important date in this teams development. If there are no major setbacks before the All Star break I think they will get off to a hot start after the break.