Colorado Rockies top moments tournament: Rocktober streak (part 2)
On the second pitch of the inning, Brad Hawpe laced a single to center field. That knocked Hendrickson out of the game as he was replaced by right-hander Scott Proctor. Yorvit Torrealba dropped down a bunt to get Hawpe to second.
Joe Koshansky came up as a pinch-hitter for Omar Quintanilla and he delivered with a double down the right field line to make it a 3-1 Rockies lead. All of this action between Hawpe, Torrealba, and Koshansky came on a combined six pitches.
That was the end of the scoring for both sides as in the eighth and ninth innings, both teams were retired 1-2-3. In the bottom of the ninth, Manny Corpas slammed the door and got the save on just nine pitches.
The winning pitcher was Jeff Francis. He improved his record to 16-8. He went 6 2/3 innings allowing six hits, one run, and three walks while punching out ten. The Rockies bullpen combined for 2 1/3 innings only allowing one hit, no runs, no walks, and one strikeout. The relievers combined for only 25 pitches.
Chad Billingsley was saddled with the loss. His record fell to 11-5. He went 5 1/3 innings allowing four hits, two runs, three walks, and six strikeouts.
The first game was very unorthodox for hitter-friendly Coors Field as the Rockies won 3-1 but in the second part of the day-night doubleheader, it was the classic Coors Field slugfest.