‘ROCKTOBER’ REVISITED: Rockies win Game 1 of NLDS with strong pitching in Philly

Credit: Aniello Piro

In 2007, the Colorado Rockies finished the regular season by winning 14 of 15 games to leap from fourth place in the NL West into what would eventually become their first and only World Series appearance. Mile High Sports celebrates the anniversary of ‘Rocktober’ by recapping each game from each of those days ten years ago.

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October 3, 2007

ROCKIES 4, PHILLIES 2

The Rockies began their first playoff series since 1995, their first year at Coors Field. With only one day of rest because of the play-in game, the Rockies went into Philadelphia and won the first game of the series.

After going three-up, three-down in the first inning, the Rockies’ bats heated up in the second, starting with a triple by first baseman Todd Helton. Third baseman Garrett Atkins scored Helton as the next batter, and after a walk of center fielder Ryan Spilborghs, catcher Yorvit Torrealba scored Atkins on a single. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki rounded out the inning by scoring Spilborghs on a bases-loaded walk.

Starting pitcher Jeff Francis went six innings, giving up four hits and two runs on back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. The relief pitchers cleaned up the final three innings with no hits and no runs. Left fielder Matt Holliday added a home run in the eighth to pad the lead.

With a 1-0 series lead, the Rockies were once again on a four-game winning streak. The win was the franchise’s second playoff win ever.

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