Carlos Gonzalez: The 5 Biggest Hits of His Colorado Career

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Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies
Jul 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) reacts after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

July 20, 2011 against the Atlanta Braves

What’s better than getting the game-winning hit? Getting the game-winning hit when your family is in town from another country and able to see you do it in person.

Carlos Gonzalez singled home the winning run off Atlanta reliever Eric O’Flaherty with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rockies a 3-2 win over the Braves.

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“It’s always special when my family’s here” Gonzalez told reporters after the game. “They don’t have that opportunity every day to get to see me play and it’s funny because two nights ago my sister was telling me, ‘I don’t want to leave here without seeing you hit a home run.’ And I hit a home run last night and today was another special game.

“You don’t have that opportunity every day to drive a guy home and (celebrate).”

O’Flaherty had retired the first two batters of the inning before Dexter Fowler’s grounder went through the legs of Atlanta’s Martin Prado for a two-base error. Pinch hitter Ty Wigginton was intentionally walked to set the stage for CarGo, who laced an RBI single to right on the first pitch he saw from O’Flaherty.

CarGo’s game-winning single made a winner of Huston Street, who came over to Colorado along with Gonzalez in the trade for Matt Holliday.

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