This was one of the best baseball games of the year. The Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres in 14 innings by a score of 2-1.
It was a pitcher’s duel and you knew it was going to be a tough one with Jake Peavy pitching for the Padres. The probable Cy Young winner is tough on everyone and had his good stuff going early.
But the Rockies had rookie Franklin Morales going for them and coming into this game he has not given up a run in 11 innings of work. And this was a pitcher’s duel.
The pitchers went back and forth, both going seven innings. Peavy gave up 3 hits over that time period, but Morales pitched better, only giving up one hit over the seven innings.
The Rockies were able to get a walk and a couple of hits off Peavy in the 7th to scratch out a run. The Rockies carried the lead until the 9th and the first pitch Manny Corpas through was drilled over the center-field wall by Adrian Gonzalez to tie the game.
Each team went at each other in the extra innings. In the 12th, each team had a chance.
The Rockies had runners at 1st and 2nd with two outs and there was a single that looked to get through the hole between first and second, but second baseman Oscar Robles laid out and got the ball and threw home catching Rockies’ Brad Hawpe making a wide turn at third who was tagged out in a run-down.
In the Padres part of the 12th, they had runners on second and third with two outs. Brian Giles lined a shot that looked like it was going to get into left-field, but Troy Tulowitzki climbed the ladder and snagged it to end the 12th.
After a harmless 13th, the Rockies were going down nice and quietly in the 14th when Hawpe came up and knocked the first pitch over the left-center field to give the Rockies the lead for good.
The Padres went quietly in their half of the 14th. Matt Herges pitched two innings to get the win.
This was a great game and I am excited about the Rockies. They are playing great baseball now and they are having fun. Hopefully the Rocky Mountain Region will realize that and get behind him as they make this playoff run.