Colorado Rockies: Rocktober streak (the final edition)
On this day in Colorado Rockies history, the final win of the Rocktober streak of 2007 happened against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. It would be the 11th straight win for the Rockies, which is still a franchise record.
For the 11th and final win in the Rocktober streak in 2007, it would take place on September 27th, 2007 in the series finale with the Dodgers. The Rockies entered the day only one game back of the San Diego Padres for second place in the National League West and the National League Wild Card and only two back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the division. For the finale, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle would send out this lineup.
- Kazuo Matsui, 2B
- Troy Tulowitzki, SS
- Matt Holliday, LF
- Todd Helton, 1B
- Garrett Atkins, 3B
- Brad Hawpe, RF
- Ryan Spilborghs, CF
- Yorvit Torrealba, C
- Franklin Morales, SP
The Dodgers lineup would look like this.
- Juan Pierre, CF
- Delwyn Young, LF
- Matt Kemp, RF
- James Loney, 1B
- Russell Martin, C
- Andy LaRoche, 3B
- Wilson Valdez, 2B
- Chin-lung Hu, SS
- Estaban Loaiza, SP
A Recap of the Game
The game was scoreless heading to the top of the fourth inning. The Rockies would score three in the inning off a two-run home run by Garrett Atkins followed by a solo home run by Brad Hawpe. In the bottom half of the inning, though, the Dodgers would pull within a run on an RBI triple by Loney and a RBI groundout by Martin.
Yorvit Torrealba would double the Rockies lead in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly but Loney would record a RBI groundout to make it 4-3 Rockies after six innings.
Todd Helton would add to the Rockies lead in the top of the seventh inning with a two run home run to make it 6-3. Tulo would pile on to the Rockies lead with an RBI double. Four batters later, Brad Hawpe would deliver with a three-run double to blow the game wide open with a 10-3 lead.
James Loney would come through again with an RBI single. That would be the end of the scoring as the Rockies would win 10-4.
The San Diego Padres were in Milwaukee to face the Brewers and the Padres would win so the Rockies would not gain any more ground. The D’Backs faced the Pittsburgh Pirates and they also won.
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For the game, Franklin Morales would record the win as he went five innings while allowing four hits and three runs. Ryan Speier, Jeremy Affeldt, Jorge Julio, LaTroy Hawkins, and Taylor Buchholz would combine for four innings and they only allowed three hits and one run (all of it coming off of Hawkins) and they would strike out five.
Loaiza would get the loss as he only went 3 2/3 innings allowing five hits and three runs while walking two. The Dodgers bullpen would give up another ten hits and seven runs.
Final Totals for the Rocktober streak
In the 11-game winning streak, the Rockies offense would hit .323 with a .384 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage. They averaged 6.9 runs per game and more than 12 hits per game.
The Rockies pitching staff, as you may have expected, also did really well. In the streak, they had an ERA of 3.03 and they had an opponent batting average of .233.
Next: Rocktober streak: part nine
Regular season aftermath
The Rockies had four more regular season games. They had three against the Diamondbacks and they lost the first game to break the streak but they would win the next two to force a tie for the Wild Card with the Padres. As you probably know, in Game 163, the Rockies would beat the Padres in 13 innings making their run to the playoffs successful.