Game, Set, Match

The 2013 Colorado Rockies ended the season with a 2-1 victory with a committee of pitchers. Jeff Francis started what could be his last game of his Rockies career, if not MLB career. He pitched five fine innings and left the game with a 2-1 lead. Roy Oswalt, Zero, Chad Bettis, and Rex Brothers completed the game with four innings of shutout ball giving up two walks, two hits, and seven strikeouts.

Todd Helton ended his career with a bang. He went one for four with a free pass. His final career numbers and ranks: .317 BA – 50th, 592 doubles – 16th, 998 XBHs – 37th, 1,406 RBIs – 62nd, 2519 hits, 1335 BBs – 35th, 4,292 total bases -56th and over 400 HRs. After his final AB, the Los Angeles crowd of 52,000 paid their respects to his fabulous career.

Brothers nearly ruined Helton’s final game with some drama in the ninth inning. He walked the lead off hitter, gave up a hit, and issued another walk to load up the bases with one out. But after a visit from pitching coach Jim Wright, he settled down to strike out the final two batters to end the game.

The offense threw up eleven hits and drew five bases on balls. Yet they only scored two runs. The first run was scored in the first inning when Tulo had a run scoring single to drive in Charlie Blackmon who led off the game with a walk. But the Rockies left the bases loaded and zero outs stranded. The second run scored when Charlie Culberson and Jordan Pacheco got the fourth inning started with base hits. They moved up on Francis’ sac bunt. Blackmon followed with a single.

Colorado ended the season with a 74-88 record. With the victory in the last two games, they won the season series from the Dodgers 10-9. Once again they finished in the basement of the NL West. They have a long to-do list heading into the wintertime.

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Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
7 years ago

Thanks for the intelligent discussion to all our fellow RWOers during the season. It’s great to have a place to come and read and find some solace in the shared suffering on this site.

Maybe we’ll get a Christmas gift of a new front office, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Woody Paige’s Sunday Post commentary makes some great,if unrealistic,changes the Rox could/should make this winter.I like Woody more than many here and thought his suggestions hard to argue with.I was especially taken with his suggestion we sign the newly free agent 1b kid from Cuba.Unfortunately to do so will take Puig type millions or more.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Thanks for the heads up on Woody’s article. I will have to read it. I’m typically not a fan of Woody Paige but I agreed with one article he wrote going into this season. Turns out he was very close.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Jose Dariel Abreu – remember the name.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I’ve probably not said it much around here, but I’ve felt for a while that the only way out of our current hole are big time free agents. No one wants our prospects. Management refuses to trade Tulo or Cargo.

We should be in on every Cuban or Japanese free agent as well as MLBers.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Varying differences in opinions in the Twitter world in the last 12 hours. Last night Troy Renck quoted Dickie boy as saying that no changes are planned for the Rox front office. But a few hours ago, Buster Olney of ESPN Twitted out: “Sources say there changes coming in the Rockies front office” So, who should we believe? I just don’t think that even as loyal as the Monforts are, they can afford to stay pat after these consecutive last… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Please, please let Buster O be the correct one

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago

I don’t have cable so am stuck with KOA for play-by-play. Maybe Jack’n’Jerry would be okay for an inning or two, but a whole season of them is hard to take. During one of the Dodgers games they were droning on about how foolish it would be to boycott games, although they didn’t use the inflammatory word boycott. Jack said the Ms count on gate revenue to be able to sign players, so it’s counter-productive to boycott. I wanted to… Read more »

egossage
egossage
7 years ago

Over 400 HRs??? Don’t think so.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  egossage

Yep, only 369 HRs and also omitted the 1401 runs scored.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

I heard that Monfort is deciding to shake it up a little. The paint color on his walls are going from gray to beige. Don’t worry, guys this will come out of the $54m increase to tv revenue so it shouldn’t affect the quality of the party deck.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago

I’d like to give kudos to Francis and the other pitchers, and the defense, for playing their hearts out to secure that win. I believe they stepped it up for Todd.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Hey guys and gals. If you get a chance, read a great post on Clint Hurdle at http://espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/9726637/pirates-manager-clint-hurdle-inspiring-others-daily

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