Colorado Rockies classic game: The shortest game in franchise history


At 7 p.m. (Mountain) tonight, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will be airing the shortest game in Colorado Rockies franchise history.

Tonight on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, the television home of the Colorado Rockies will be airing the shortest game in Rockies franchise history. The game was played on June 30, 2006, in Seattle as the Rockies were in the middle of interleague play and, that year, they faced the American League West, including the Seattle Mariners.

The pitching matchup was between Rockies starter Josh Fogg and future Rockies starter Jamie Moyer. The Rockies entered the game with a record of 40-38 and the Mariners entered with a record of 40-40.

The Rockies lineup looked a little bit different than usual since they had the designated hitter in place.

  1. Jamey Carroll, 2B
  2. Clint Barmes, SS
  3. Todd Helton, 1B
  4. Matt Holliday, DH
  5. Garrett Atkins, 3B
  6. Ryan Spilborghs, LF
  7. Brad Hawpe, RF
  8. Yorvit Torrealba, C
  9. Choo Freeman, CF

For the Mariners starting lineup, see if you remember more than two or three names.

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  3. Jose Lopez, 2B
  4. Raul Ibanez, LF
  5. Richie Sexson, 1B
  6. Carl Everett, DH
  7. Kenji Johjima, C
  8. Jeremy Reed, CF
  9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

The Rockies ended up winning the game by a score of 2-0. The Rockies’ entire offense came from an RBI single from Jamey Carroll in the fifth inning and a solo home run by Brad Hawpe in the seventh inning.

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With the exception of the seventh inning for the Rockies, no half-inning had more than one hit and, combined between the two teams, they amassed a total of seven hits and five walks. However, the game also had five double plays.

The double plays were a big factor in the game lasting just one hour and 52 minutes.

Fogg threw a complete game shutout while only allowing two hits and one walk. Even more amazingly, he only struck out one batter. He needed just 91 pitches to complete the shutout.

Moyer also pitched well but he wasn’t as sharp as Fogg was in his complete game. Moyer allowed five hits, four walks, two runs (both earned), and he struck out four on 116 pitches.

The low scoring and short game in the first matchup of the series would be made up in the following games, though, as the Rockies lost 8-7 in game two and won 4-3 in the series finale in a three-hour, 32 minute, 11-inning game.

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Fogg would go on to a 10-9 record with a 4.94 ERA (97 ERA+) in 30 games (29 starts) and the Mariners would trade Moyer to the Philadelphia Phillies for two minor leaguers about six weeks after the game against the Rockies.