‘ROCKTOBER’ REVISITED: Tulowitzki grand slam and Brewers’ late-inning efforts bring Rockies Wild Card deficit back down to one

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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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September 29, 2007

ROCKIES 11, DIAMONDBACKS 1

After struggling to score the previous game, the Rockies bounced back, exploding in the first inning for four runs, and six more in the fifth. With a little help from the Milwaukee Brewers, the Rockies claw to within one game of the Padres and the Wild Card.

The first six batters for the Rockies got on base in the first inning, bringing in the first four runs of the game. Left fielder Matt Holliday, third baseman Garrett Atkins, and catcher Chris Iannetta all collected RBI’s in the inning. Later, in the fifth inning, Atkins and pinch-hitter Seth Smith added two more to the scoreboard before shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit a grand slam, scoring four.

Starting pitcher Mark Redman only allowed one run on seven hits through five innings of work. The bullpen only allowed one additional hit the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, the Rockies’ season was saved by a late-inning effort from Brewers left fielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. With a runner on second and two outs against Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, Gwynn hit a game-tying triple into right field. Two innings later, Brewers pinch-hitter Vinny Rottino hit a single to score third baseman Ryan Braun.

The Rockies’ deficit was back down to one. With one game left in the regular season, the Rockies once again had to both win their game — and hope the Brewers could beat the Padres.

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