Garrett Hampson makes Colorado Rockies history

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 11: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies sprints to third base on a triple in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on August 11, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 11: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies sprints to third base on a triple in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on August 11, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Garrett Hampson etched his name into the Colorado Rockies record book on Tuesday night during an 8-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field.

In the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s victory, Colorado Rockies utility man Garrett Hampson doubled and tripled. With the pair of extra-base hits, the 25-year-old Hampson became the first player in Colorado franchise history to smack a double and a triple in the same inning.

Hampson went 2-for-5 at the plate on Tuesday to raise his average for the season to .265. With five games now under his belt as Colorado’s leadoff hitter, supplanting the slumping David Dahl, Hampson has slashed .250/.375/.550 in 20 at-bats at the top of the order.

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Colorado sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, scoring six runs and seemingly putting the game out of reach by ballooning their lead to 8-2. However, Arizona rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth and had the tying run at third base before Rockies reliever Daniel Bard came in and struck out pinch hitter Daniel Vogt to end the game. With the strikeout, Bard earned his first save since 2011 and continued one of the best comeback stories in recent Major League Baseball history.

Hampson would score one of Colorado’s runs in the pivotal eighth inning, leading off the frame with a triple to right-center on a 2-0 pitch from Arizona reliever Kevin Ginkel. Later in the inning, Hampson would take a 3-1 pitch from Arizona’s Jeremy Beasley (the third pitcher of the frame for the Diamondbacks) to left field for the double and the record-setting moment.

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In Wednesday’s series finale, Hampson was once again back at the top of the Colorado lineup.

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