Sep 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of Turner Field during a game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Just like we profiled on this segment last Wednesday, the Colorado Rockies lost an extra innings walk-off heartbreaker eight years ago today.
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The Colorado Rockies typically don’t play very well on the road, but don’t tell that to the 2007 team: they were 90-73 overall (including the infamous play-in game), and went 39-42 on the road that year, which is one of the better Rockies’ road record marks in the franchise history.
Not surprisingly, they made the playoffs, in part thanks to good play on the road, great play at home (51-31), and halfway decent pitching that coupled with the Rockies’ always strong lineup. You know the story already, though. Ok, let’s do this.
Eight years ago today, Ryan Spilborghs hit two home runs in a game at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves, but a home team run in the bottom of the tenth inning off Taylor Buchholz gave Bobby Cox a win, 6-5.
The Rockies got a decent start from Aaron Cook — 5.1 innings and three earned runs (though he did allow two more unearned runs thanks to questionable defense) — while striking out just one hitter and inducing 14 total ground balls in his time on the bump.
He left losing 5-4, and both of Spilborghs’ big flies came early — solo shots in the second and fifth innings off Chuck James kept the Rockies in the game well enough until the end.
The Rockies managed to put up the tying run in the top of the seventh inning — Todd Helton singled to score Jamey Carroll off Braves’ reliever Octavio Dotel — and the game remained lock at 5-5 heading to the tenth.
After Oscar Villareal set down the Rockies in order in the top half of the tenth, Taylor Buchholz allowed a one-out double to Jeff Francoeur in the bottom half. He then scored on Yunel Escobar‘s single to left field, and the Braves won the walk-off, 6-5.
Here’s the AP game recap from that day eight years ago. The Rockies did take one of three in that series. Plus…
And, the real point of this post: in honor of Spilly hitting two home runs on this day eight years ago, let’s enjoy some Spilly highlights! Of course, this isn’t from the Braves game, but it’s a fun piece of nostalgia nonetheless (and its six-year anniversary is coming up in a couple weeks!):