Home Runs Walk Off Dodgers, 8-6

The game between the Rockies and Dodgers started and ended in dramatic fashion.  In the first, Chuck_Nazty grounded a single up the middle and Deej followed with a bunt that rolled on the 1B foul line which stayed there.  CarGo then hit a chopper over Brett Anderson that ended up in no man’s land to get the bases juiced.  NoDo stepped to the plate trying to keep the ball off the ground against the ground ball specialist.  He did more than that sending the ball into the rock garden with a grand slam to help the Rockies jump out to a 4-0 lead.

Kyle Kendrick then did his best to maintain his reputation as a batting practice pitcher.  In the top of the second, Ethier drilled an easy straight-as-an-arrow fastball into the second deck following a walk to Justin Turner.  That cut Colorado’s lead in half, 4-2.

The Rockies got a run back in the bottom of the second on Chuck_Nazty’s triple and Deej’s RBI single.  They tacked another run on back-to-back doubles by Corey Dickerson and Justin Morneau to increase the lead to 6-2.

The Dodgers had A.J. Ellis (double) on second base with two outs in the top of the fifth when the pitcher’s spot came up.  Don Mattingly trying to play catch up removed Anderson in favor of pinch hitter Alex Guerrero.  Deej nearly made a circus catch on Guerrero’s bloop, but it fell and the score was 6-3.  The vaunted Dodger bullpen took over and held the Rockies at bay.

Meanwhile, with Kendrick continuing to pitch batting practice, the Dodgers had a triple, single, and a double on just four pitches to chase Kendrick in the sixth.  Brooks Brown came in and let in a game tying run before shutting down the Dodgers.  Rex Brothers pitched the seventh with the score even at 6-6.  Was manager Walt Weiss trying to get himself fired for putting in Brothers?  Another gaffe manipulating the bullpen.  Fortunately, he didn’t give up a run nor did he walk a guy allowing just a single.  Gonzalez Germen, not the most ideal eighth inning pitcher had a clean inning to keep the game tied.  Justin Miller struck out two in a clean top of ninth.

Deej decided to swing at the first offering by Yimi Garcia and hit a hard ground ball up the middle.  That set the stage for a dramatic finish.  For some reason, Dodger manager Don Mattingly did not bring in southpaw Jay Howell to face CarGo.  On a 3-1 pitch, CarGo blasted a walk off to straightaway center field to win the game 8-6.  It was CarGo’s second HR in two career ABs against Garcia and it was the second walk off HR of his career.  No doubt you all remember his first walk off – that HR to complete the cycle off lefty Sean Marshall of the Cubs.

NoDo’s home run was his fortieth of the season and CarGo’s was his 39th of the season.  Bryce Harper leads the NL with 41 dingers.  NoDo is the first Rocky to hit 40 HRs in a season in the humidor era.  NoDo now has 121 RBIs to lead the National League.  NoDo is on the fringes of the MVP discussion, but the voters who do not do their homework will not even think of him due to Colorado’s record.  The fact is that NoDo has more HRs and RBIs on the road than at home.  And throw in the Gold Glove on his resume.  He could lead the NL in two of the three Triple Crown categories by the end of the season.  Harper and Paul Goldschmidt are the leading the MVP conversation and they don’t even sniff the playoffs as well.

With the win tonight, Colorado tied the club record for lowest number of wins at Coors Field.  After watching Pittsburgh have a party in their own house to celebrate clinching the post season birth, the Rockies were in no mood to watch another party tonight.  Los Angeles was trying to clinch the West division but with San Francisco’s victory tonight, the Dodgers will have to wait at least another day, hopefully not tomorrow in our house.

If there is a positive reason to keep Weiss around for next year, it is that the Rockies refuse to quit under him.  My suggestion, fire Tom Runnels and demote Weiss to bench coach.  Tomorrow is the final home game of the season and it is likely CarGo’s last game as a Rocky playing in Coors Field.  Same probably goes for Morneau who has been fantastic since coming off the disabled list.

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I watched the last few innings it was nice to see Cargo walk off the Dodgers. Don’t think the Dodgers can choke the rest of the season but if both the Rockies and Giants win tomorrow, Dodgers go to SF for four games. If the Dodgers win just one game they clinch the division. But if they lose the 1st few games the noose will get tighter. I dislike the Giants more than I dislike the Dodgers so I’m rooting… Read more »

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Bill – Trout’s catch (and the fact he made it look “easy”) was one of the most amazing plays I’ve seen in baseball history. I think it will get lost since it wasn’t in the playoffs, all-star game, etc. But that shouldn’t minimize it. Trout’s athleticism is off the charts.

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RMH – when someone significant accepts an offer to become a new Manager for a Club, it’s almost always done with the understanding that they get assemble their own coaching staff. Or put it another away, if the Club interviews for a Manager and stipulates that “X” bench coach, “Y” pitching coach, and “Z” bullpen coach will remain in place, then the best you’re going to get is local High School coach. Catch my drift………. I’ve listed my three favorites… Read more »

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Another footnote to my Manager comment above: I see worthy desired names thrown out (most commonly Bud Black) that are (or were) established Major League Managers. These type names DEFINITELY will require the right to assemble their own staff. Also – for my own personal sanity, please do not throw out the name “Dusty Baker.” I’ve seen that name appear on other Rockie’s sites (but RWO is better than other sites – right?). While being a very good Manager, Baker… Read more »

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Footnote to the footnote to the footnote: I like Bud Black. I would be extremely happy with Bud Black. I just don’t see it happening. A dream offseason for Front Office restructuring would be hiring a pitching guru Manager like Bud Black or Mike Maddux and bringing in Astro’s (and former Rockie player) Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken as Club President. Then, send Monfart on an all expense paid trip to Nepal and Tibet for a couple of years… Read more »

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I agree that Bud Black would be a great choice. I also think he’s too smart to take the job here, even though he’d likely make a difference. One suspicion I have… WW will be fired as manager and installed as Club President. That way Dick can say he did what we wanted, yet still be firmly in control of the ever-sinking ship. I think WW is done as manager, but I also think he isn’t leaving the organization. The… Read more »

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Iggy – one of the reasons Mike Maddux has long been on my list is that having a pitching guru as Manager might help us with attracting pitching FAs. Let’s face it, marque pitching FAs will never choose Coors. But if you had a Maddux of Black (or both), it might be enough to appeal to some 2nd tier guys. Guys like Maddux and Black are astute enough to choose some correct 2nd tier guys. I drive the “Criticize Monfart”… Read more »

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A sweep! Of the Dodgers!! And it kinda sorta mattered too (not to us, but to the Dodgers: we may have just cost them home field against the Mets, which would make me happy). Too bad I wasn’t paying attention, and I actually feel kind of bad that I didn’t make it out to Coors since, umm, June I think? Whatever. Glad to see them still playing to win at least.

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No quit in team despite being overmatched against Pirates.Some credit due Walt?