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There’s Something About Coors Field in September

By Chris Jacobson

The game on Wednesday was a 1:10 start time and having the day off I figured to head down and see it the team that had recently swept three series get themselves out of a two game slump. Everyone who follows baseball knew that the two games that the Rockies had lost to the division leading San Diego Padres put a serious dent in their post season hopes and getting swept would be crushing, both to their momentum and to their place in the standings. To say it was a big game is an understatement; without hyperbole, it was the biggest game of the year for Colorado. The question was “how would they respond?” Answer: like they have consistently in recent Septembers.

Jorge De La Rosa was phenomenal. He is now beginning to hit his stride, finally healing from a finger injury earlier in the season. De La Rosa pitched seven plus innings allowing only six hits and buying a night off for most of the tired bull pen. Huston Street earned his nineteenth save, looking sharp striking out two in the ninth. The only blight on the pitchers was Joe Beimel who gave up a home run to Adrian Gonzalez, the only batter he faced.

The true story, however, was the hitting, specifically the Rockies resident superstars, Troy Tulowitski and Carlos Gonzalez. Carlos Gonzalez went two for four with a walk and a couple of runs batted in. For most players an afternoon like his would make their week, to CarGo these days, it was pretty pedestrian. Pedestrian when compared to his own September or that of short stop Troy Tulowitski.

Watching Tulo in the field is impressive, smooth motion and he has a cannon for an arm. With two outs on the field and a ground ball hit to Tulo, no players, mind the first baseman, stick around to make sure he gets the out. It’s something you don’t see on T.V., the team trusts his fielding implicitly. His hitting on the other hand has been more than trustworthy, and certainly not something his teammates don’t pay very close attention to. He is hitting .325 on the season and .361 for the month of September. He has eleven home runs in the month including three multi home run games. The last of those games was Wednesday. He hit two homers and seven runs batted in during his three for five day. The only blight on his day may have been not making the Padres pay for walking CarGo to get to him after he hit his seventh RBI.

In a week that had the Rams and the Buffalos get dismantled on the gridiron with truly uninspired performances and saw the Denver Broncos look lack luster at best against a very average Jacksonville team, it was nice to see the Rocks regroup and take apart the division leading Padres. With team play and a little luck, Colorado fans might be watching this team deep into October.

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