It’s EYj’s world, we just live in it.
You’d think that the most memorable part of today’s Rox Walk Off would be Tyler Colvin, since he was the player that actually produced the winning hit. But, ask anyone privy enough to be at Coors for the excellent end of said game, and you’d be hard pressed not to find EYj’s name come up in relation to the game winning outcome. That’s because without Mr. Young’s incredible speed, Tyler Colvin might have been just a lonely player standing on second, waiting for Dexter Fowler to either bring EYj home from third, or strike out trying.
Thankfully, the line-hugging hit of Colvin’s was all EYj needed to score from first. Sure, the ball barely made it past the point where the wall juts out into right, but when you are the fastest man alive all it takes is a dribbler out of the infield to produce a potential scoring opportunity from any bag you might occupy at the time.
Run, Eric, Run.
And run he did. It wasn’t even close, as he slid/stood at home, welcoming the mob from a dugout that hasn’t celebrated a sweep since April and a walk-off since July 17th.
The game leading up to the amazing ending was a back and forth affair, nothing like the first two games that the Rockies had well in hand from the first inning against the Brew Crew.
Guillermo Moscoso was on the mound in place of Pomeranz and pitched a shutout through four. It was that pesky fifth that got to him, not that the first four weren’t full of drama with a double, three singles, two walks and a hit-by-pitch ALL WITH TWO OUTS interspersed throughout the four innings of no-run ball.
But it was that fifth, oh that darned fifth that reared its familiar, yet ugly head.
After walking Gomez, and then giving up an RBI double, then a single and another RBI double, he was pulled in favor of Carlos Torres. Handing the ball, and the remaining three needed outs for the inning to be over, Moscoso made his way to the dugout.
Torres did what any good reliever would do in that situation – he hit Lucroy to load the bases, gave up a two run single and then a sacrifice RBI before settling down and getting the final two outs.
Two pitchers, one inning, and the Rockies went from being up 4-0 to being down 5-4.
Eric Young, Jr., the MVP of August as far as the Rockies go, had himself another amazing day. He started it off with a walk, followed it up with a home run, then proved he was mortal by hitting an “excuse-me” ground out that he didn’t really swing at, but made contact anyway. The bottom of the seventh he struck out and then it was his turn to hit in the ninth and that is all it took to show he was far from cooling off.
With the team down by two runs and one out, Wilin Rosario drove a pinch hit single to left field, bringing the winning run in EYj to the batters box. First pitch he saw, a 94 mph fast ball low and inside, he drove to center, and what seemed like a fifth of a second later he was standing on first, waiting for his chance to cross home.
He only needed to wait for two more pitches before Colvin sent the ball to right and the rest, as they say, was history.