Rockies Are Rollin': Colorado Wins Third-Straight in Walk-Off Fashion

Rich KurtzmanSenior Analyst IJuly 8, 2010

Just 24 hours after the Colorado Rockies set a franchise record with a nine-run ninth inning capped off by a Seth Smith three-run blast—the Rockies did it again.

In fact, when Chris Iannetta bombed the game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, it was the third straight game in a row Colorado won with a walk-off.

For the second night in a row, 33,000 fans came out to watch their Rockies at Coors Field. All of them stayed Wednesday night when their home team secured the series against St. Louis. The Rockies are 10-1 against the Cardinals in the teams’ last 11 meetings, outscoring the Redbirds by an astounding 38-11 from the seventh inning on.

For Colorado, it’s the third straight series win, and they’ve been the victors of four of five series overall. The Rockies are on fire, as they’ve gone 10-5 in their last 15 games, jumping in the standings and back into the headlines.

The point is, the Rox are rollin' and Denver has noticed.

Rockies’ fans have come out to the ballpark to support their team that is currently in second place of the NL best NL West—merely three games out of first place behind the Padres.

And all this success has come amidst Colorado’s mile long injury list.

Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies’ best player on offense and defense, has been on the DL with a broken left wrist for nearly three weeks. Starter Brad Hawpe injured his ribs 10 days ago and the face of the franchise, Todd Helton, was placed on the 15-day DL.

Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa hasn’t been able to pitch in months, and closer Huston Street won his first game of the year Wednesday, and has only had the opportunity for two saves so far.

Still, with the injury bug biting extremely hard, the Rockies have fought tough and strung together winning baseball without their best players.

Colorado is getting major production from fill-ins and others, like second baseman Clint Barmes on his 12-game hitting streak and Dexter Fowler, who’s hit in 12 of his last 25 at bats.

Everyone likes watching history, and Rockies are making franchise history as of late. Their wins Tuesday and Wednesday were the first ever comebacks from five-plus runs, and they’ve gotten 12-plus hits in six straight games.

Colorado is currently one of the hottest teams in the MLB, and though it seems crazy to say, they’re looking forward to the All Star break as well.

Ubaldo Jimenez, the Rockies’ phenomenal pitcher, will be on display, even though he has been struggling of late and could use the rest. Likewise, for most of the Rox, rest would be welcomed.

Still, Colorado’s baseball team is dominating right now and they look to continue to do so up to and after the All Star break.

And as they do, the Rockies can move into prime position for a third playoff run in four years—which of course would set even more franchise history for this team that's increasingly becoming more and more special.

Just how special they can be is up to Jim Tracy and the rest of his rubblin’ Rockies as they roll down the road to the postseason.


Thursday Update:

The Rockies swept the Cardinals Thursday, one of the better teams in baseball, and it was their first sweep since June 11-13 against Toronto.

Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez was extraordinary once again today, as he didn't even get into the triple digits pitching through eight dominant innings. Jimenez is now 15-1 and he's the first NL pitcher to get to 15 wins before the All Star break in 22 years (Greg Maddox), the first in the NBA since 2000.

It was the seventh straight game the Rockies knocked 11-plus hits and they are 11-5 in their last 16 games.


Rich Kurtzman is a Colorado State University Alumnus and a freelance journalist. Along with being the Denver Nuggets FC for, Kurtzman is the Denver Broncos FC for, the CSU Rams and Fort Collins Beer Bars Examiner for and the Colorado/Utah Correspondent for

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