Here are the answers to the Colorado Rockies trivia about 2019’s final game.
Let’s start with the third question first. After all, the photo above may provide a pretty good hint.
Yes, Sam Hilliard scored the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning to give Colorado a 4-3 win. Hilliard opened the 13th by drawing a walk off Milwaukee reliever Jake Faira. Yonathan Daza followed with a bunt in front of the plate that resulted in a single for Daza and Hilliard moving to third on a wild throw. With Ian Desmond at the plate, Hilliard would score on a wild pitch.
It capped a big two days for Hilliard, who hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth off Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader the night before to tie the game. Colorado would win in the 10th on Trevor Story’s home run.
How about question one from the previous page? Of Colorado’s eight hits that day, only one player had a multi-hit game. Can you name that player? That would be Pat Valaika, who started the game at second base and went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Valaika was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on October 30 and is currently assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.
How about the second question? Which Colorado relief pitcher pitched the 11th and 12th innings, allowing no hits and striking out four Brewers? The answer is DJ Johnson, who worked his way out of a jam in the 11th after coming in in relief of Yency Almonte, who loaded the bases with no outs to open the frame.
Johnson would get a force at home, then strike out the final two Brewers of the inning to keep the game scoreless.
The 30-year-old right-hander was released by the Rockies on October 23. Now in Japan, he is currently pitching for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball.