This past weekend, the Rockies commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Rocktober winning streak with inviting some players and coaches back from it. It started on September 16, 2007 against the Florida Marlins. We will recall the streak in a few parts as a part of our top 32 moments in Rockies franchise history.
Entering September 16, 2007, the Rockies were 76-72, 4 1/2 games back of the San Diego Padres for the National League Wild Card (there was only one at the time). They rattled off on a 11 straight wins, starting on September 16 against the Florida Marlins. We talk about the first few games of the streak right now.
Starting Lineups for the first win
On Sunday, September 16, the starting lineups in the first win of the streak looked like this:
Florida Marlins (65-83, last place in the National League East)
- Hanley Ramirez, SS
- Dan Uggla, 2B
- Jeremy Hermida, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Cody Ross, CF
- Jason Wood, 1B
- Matt Treanor, C
- Brett Carroll, LF
- Scott Olsen, SP
Colorado Rockies (76-72, 4th place in the National League West)
- Jamey Carroll, 2B
- Troy Tulowitzki, SS
- Matt Holliday, LF
- Todd Helton, 1B
- Garrett Atkins, 3B
- Ryan Spilborghs, CF
- Jeff Baker, RF
- Chris Iannetta, C
- Franklin Morales, SP (you forgot about him, didn’t you?)
A Recap of the Game
The Rockies and Marlins were scoreless in the first inning and a half but it wouldn’t be that way much longer
Franklin Morales allowed a hit in the first inning but he wouldn’t allow another base runner until the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Garrett Atkins led off the inning with a home run to make it 1-0 Rockies. That is all Morales would need but the Rockies piled on.
Three batters later, Chris Iannetta hit a three run home run to make it a 4-0 game.
The Rockies wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the third inning when, after back-to-back-to-back singles, Ryan Spilborghs drew a bases loaded walk to make it 5-0 Rockies. That would be the end of the day for starter Scott Olsen as reliever Ross Wolf replaced him but one more run would be charged to Olsen when Chris Iannetta reached on an error that scored Todd Helton to make it a 6-0 Rockies lead.
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In the bottom of the fourth, Troy Tulowitzki led the inning off with a single. Immediately following him was Matt Holliday and he made it 8-0 on a two run home run.
Morales helped his own cause in the bottom of the fifth as he led off the inning with a single off new reliever Mauro Zarate. Three batters later, Matt Holliday doubled and Todd Helton followed him with a three-run home run to make it 11-0 in the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, Morales gave up two singles to lead off the inning but nothing came to fruition for the Marlins.
The Rockies scored two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 13-0 game. That’s all the scoring that they would have.
Franklin Morales went six scoreless innings only allowing three singles, no walks, and he struck out five. The bullpen (Jorge Julio, Brian Fuentes, and Manny Corpas) went three scoreless innings only allowing two hits, no walks, and two punch outs.
Part 2 of the Rocktober streak
The Rockies on Tuesday, September 18th, had a double-header against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That will be the subject of our second edition of the Rocktober streak. We will recap that later this evening so look for that later on.
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