Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Spilly's Grand Slam in 14th Inning Demonstrates Rockies Determination

ABC Sports-

Two years ago the Colorado Rockies used an incredible September run to reach the playoffs. This time, they're not waiting until the final two weeks of the regular season to make their push.

Ryan Spilborghs hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 14th inning, giving the Rockies a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

In 2007 the Rockies had plenty of dramatic wins on their way to the NL pennant, but Spilborghs thinks this team is better than the squad that reached the World Series.

"This is a different team, this a different atmosphere, 2007, that's gone," he said. "That's not even a thought in this clubhouse anymore. This is a totally different animal."

The Rockies appeared to be in trouble, but this team seems to never quit....

The Giants had taken a 4-1 lead in the top of the 14th on Eugenio Velez's two-run triple and Juan Uribe's groundout.

"I thought I had won the game at the time," Velez said. "I thought we had it won."

Brandon Medders walked Dexter Fowler leading off the bottom half. One out later Justin Miller (2-2) relieved and gave up a one-out single to pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta. He then walked Troy Tulowitzki and Adam Eaton to make it 4-2.

Before he stepped in the batter's box Tracy told Eaton to keep the bat on his shoulder.

"I told him not to swing," Tracy said. "Even if Miller threw three balls down the middle, take the strikeout because I wanted Spilly to get a chance to hit."

This win puts the Rockies just 3 games behind the Division leading Los Angeles Dodgers... who just happen to be in town tonight to start a 3 game series.


UPDATE: The red-hot Rockies defeated the Dodgers 5-4 in 10 innings moving up to just 2 games out of first place!


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