Displaying the fight fans have been begging for, the Rockies came from behind Sunday to beat the Nationals 4-3, winning their first series since June 3rd against the Dodgers.
Well, fight and some good luck that is.
Bad Luck Losers is closer to the Rockies company slogan than Rocktober Winner’s, so when the chips fell favorably it was time to grab the win and head out of dodge before anyone noticed.
Such was Sundays game, one that included an unlikely home-run pinch-hit from EYj (his first HR of the year) and not one, but two wild pitches later and the team was celebrating a Game, Series and Sunday win – the elusive Triple-Crown for the season.
EYj’s home run, his first in almost three years, came in the top of the eighth as the team trailed 3-1. Guthrie was on the hook, despite arguably his best start of the season, going six innings with six hits and two runs on a poorly placed pitch that was clobbered by Ian Desmond in the fourth.
EYj said Dex warned him that reliever Burnett’s outside pitch was really good, so to look for something inside. EYj went on to say,
That’s what I got. He told me that right before I walked up there, so I said, OK. That’s what I got, a fastball inside…And as soon as I got to Dexter, he said, ‘Not a bad scouting report.’
Fowler and Scutaro followed up EYj’s pinch-hit with another couple of hits themselves, Fowler eventually scoring on a wild pitch to tie things up.
Rex Brothers came into the game in the bottom of the eight, stopping the Nats from any thoughts of regaining the lead while finishing with the win.
The top of the ninth was all Jordan Pacheco.
Pacheco, facing the difficult Nat closer Clippard, crushed the first pitch he saw, a 92 mph fast ball, down the left field line for a double. A Herrera sac-bunt and a Clippard wild pitch was all he needed to score the go-ahead and eventual winning run.
So now the team can take some much-needed rest, go home and tune in to watch Carlos Gonzalez represent the Rox at the Home Run Derby (July 9th | ESPN | 6:00 PM) and the All-Star Game (July 10th | FOX | 5:30 PM).