Eight Wins in a Row Propel Rockies to Cusp of Wild Card Berth

by John on September 24, 2007

Does anybody want to face the Colorado Rockies high-powered offense in the National League playoffs? After Colorado’s 7-3 victory Sunday over the San Diego Padres completed a sweep of the three-game weekend series in California, it’s highly doubtful. The trio of Ws followed the Rockies four-game rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field earlier in the week. The double-broom jobs left the Padres tottering and the Dodgers in disarray. It’s safe to say both teams imploded with frustration during their respective series. Colorado has a way of doing that to teams lately. L.A. skipper Grady Little waived the white flag after Todd Helton’s walkoff home run capped a double-header sweep Tuesday night. Yesterday Padres manager Bud Black blew a gasket and was ejected after arguing a checked-swing strike on Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth inning. The ejection followed the heave- ho of Milton Bradley one batter earlier. The temperamental Padres outfielder went ballistic after being goaded by the first-base umpire and had to be wrestled to the ground by Black. Bradley suffered a torn ACL from the take-down. There were lots of Rockies heroes over the weekend, but none more so than Brad Hawpe. The slugging right fielder went 8-13, with five RBIs and two home runs, including the game-winning bomb in the 14th inning Friday night. With six games left, Colorado trails San Diego by 1 1/2 games in the N.L. wild-card race. Philadelphia, after losing 5-4 to the Washington Nationals yesterday, remains a half game behind the Padres. “We know we’re playing well. And other teams know it too,” Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. “Teams know down the stretch they’re going to have to bring their ‘A’ game to beat the Rockies.” You better believe it.

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