Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Playoff Reflections, Day Sixteen: Rockoctober Continues Out West, Indians/Red Sox

A little more than a month or so ago, the Colorado Rockies were not even an afterthought in terms of postseason play. Well, after a hot streak, they found themselves in a pennant chase and needed a 163rd game to get into the post-season.

Now, they are in the World Series.

Colorado shocked Arizona and the world with their 6-4 win last night, thanks their offense outburst in the sixth inning topped off by a three-run homer by series MVP, Matt Holliday. The Diamondbacks countered with a three-run homer by Chris Snyder in the 8th inning; however, the Rockies’ Manny Corpas kept the game in check and earned the save.

The Rockies now obviously don’t know how to lose, and have won their 21st game in 22 chances. Seemingly everything has gone right for the Rockies, and now tenured veteran, Todd Helton is seeing his first World Series after being in the league for 12 years.

With their amazing momentum, they are primed to perhaps win their first World Series in franchise history.

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Meanwhile, in Cleveland, the Indians took a 2-1 lead in the ALCS combined with the strong outing by Jake Westbrook and the contributions of the ageless Kenny Lofton.

Westbrook pitched a little under seven innings and kept the powerful Red Sox offense at bay; Lofton homered off rookie sensation Daisuke Matsuzaka and three double plays by Boston helped them the Tribe to victory. The only scoring Boston was able to muster was off a two-run, Jason Varitek homer in the seventh inning, but Cleveland made the plays and did the little things right.

With a 2-1 lead, the Indians are in control, but there’s still plenty of baseball to still be played and Boston is very powerful.

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