The Colorado Rockies were eliminated from the postseason tonight after losing game 4 of the Division Series against the Phillies 5-4. It was a great series. It’s not hard to say that it was the best series because it’s the only one that wasn’t a sweep. Huston Street ended up getting back to back losses in games 3 and 4. He was automatic in the regular season, saving 35 games out of 35 opportunities, 61 and 2/3 innings pitched, 70 Ks and 13 BBs. After coming into a tie game in the 9th last night and giving up the lead, tonight he came in the top of the 9th with a 5-3 lead. With 2 outs and a man on second, the Rockies were one out away from making it a 5 game series. Street missed his spot to Howard, and Howard made him pay, doubling to right and scoring 2. The next AB Werth singled and brought Howard home for the 5-4 lead the Phillies took to the end. Lidge came in the bottom of the 9th w/ 2 outs and struck out Tulowitzki with a man on first and second. I like both Street and Tulo, so it was hard seeing Huston blow back to back games and Tulo making the last out in consecutive games.
Other notable items included Cliff Lee pitching lights out, only 2 ER and 16 1/3 IP between his 2 games. I’m not so sure I would have taken him out in the 8th in this game. Carlos Gonzalez had 10 hits in the series, he was on fire. There was an interesting play in the bottom of the 8th when Dexter Fowler actually hurdled Utley on a ground ball to 2nd. It was incredible to see the athleticism that Fowler used to make absolutely no contact with Utley to avoid baserunner interference. Rollins didn’t catch Utley’s throw which was he had to stretch for.
I wanted to see the Rockies advance, I like their team, Howard, Tulo, the youth, their crowd, their ballpark, and the Phillies had it all last year. They did accomplish most wins in a season for their franchise with 92 games.
So we’re down to 4 now (and I’m 4 for 4 on my picks so far…haha). Phillies and Dodgers start Thursday, Angels and Yankees start Friday.