Colorado Rockies top 32 moments: Rocktober streak (part 5)

NEW YORK - JULY 15: National League All-Star Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the 5th inning during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 15: National League All-Star Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the 5th inning during the 79th MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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We continue with our top 32 moments in Colorado Rockies franchise history with continuing our series about the Rocktober streak in 2007. On this day ten years ago, the Rockies won their sixth game of their streak on the first game of their road trip against the San Diego Padres. It would be the longest game and the game with the least amount of scoring.

On September 21, 2007, the Rockies were in the middle of their Rocktober streak as they had won five straight games. They entered this crucial series with San Diego being two ahead of the Dodgers, four and a half games back of the Padres, and five back of the D’Backs for the NL West.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle‘s starting lineup looked like this.

  1. Kazuo Matsui, 2B
  2. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Todd Helton, 1B
  5. Garrett Atkins, 3B
  6. Brad Hawpe, RF
  7. Yorvit Torrealba, C
  8. Cory Sullivan, CF
  9. Franklin Morales, SP

Current Rockies manager Bud Black was in his rookie season as the manager of the Padres at the time and this was the starting lineup he made for the game.

  1. Brian Giles, RF
  2. Mike Cameron, CF
  3. Milton Bradley, LF
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Khalil Greene, SS
  6. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
  7. Josh Bard, C
  8. Marcus Giles, 2B
  9. Jake Peavy, SP

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The game recap

The offense on both sides was stagnant and each of the starters were dealing. In the first six innings, both Morales and Peavy had allowed one single a piece (each in the fifth inning) and, combined, they had three walks and one hit batter.

In the top of the seventh inning, Matt Holliday led the inning off with a walk. Todd Helton followed with a single and, two batters later, Brad Hawpe drove in Holliday with a RBI single to draw first blood, 1-0.

The Rockies went to the bottom of the ninth with a 1-0 lead and, on the first pitch of the inning, Rockies closer Manny Corpas gave up a home run to Adrian Gonzalez to tie the game at 1-1.

Nothing would come further until inning number 14. Brad Hawpe would come through again as he faced left-hander Joe Thatcher and he launched a solo home run to center field on the first pitch of the at-bat.

Rockies reliever Matt Herges would slam the door in the bottom of the 14th by retiring the side 1-2-3 on just nine pitches.

Next: Rocktober streak: part four

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