The Rockies Are Out of Control

What a trooper.
The gentleman pictured above either has no friends, or the stadium is indeed empty where he is sitting. Who knows when this photo was snapped, it could've been in the third inning for all we know... which means the Arizona Diamondbacks have like, 4 fans and it was past three of their bedtimes.

Sweet 'stacheAll joking aside, they missed a heckuva game Friday night. Colorado Rockies backstop Yorvit Torrealba led off the scoring with a second-inning single that scored Todd Helton and his neatly-trimmed mustache/beard combo. But the Babybacks retaliated with an RBI base hit by centerfielder Chris Young the very next inning.

With the game tied at one, the Mean Mustache resurfaced for a sac fly to left that scored Willy Taveras. But just when you thought the D'Backs were cooked, a glimmer of hope shone off the bat of Eric Byrnes, who drove in the tying run on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the ninth.

"Sweet! Free baseball," shouted the fan at Chase Field.

Big PapaAnimated Arizona closer Jose Valverde, who led the big leagues with 47 saves during the regular season, came out for the 10th and 11th, but ended the fun with two walks and two outs when he walked in the go-ahead run on 4 pitches to Taveras.

Ryan Speier pitched the bottom of the inning and quickly retired all three batters for the 3-2 victory. Make that 19 of 20 and chalk it up to effing awesome.

The Rockies head back to Denver for Game 3 with a 2-0 lead in the series on Sunday, putting Josh Fogg on the hill to face Livan Hernandez, who was 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in 5 games against Colorado this season, walking 14 batters and striking out 20.

Fogg went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 4 games against Arizona this season, losing the only game he pitched at home.

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Mike said...

I think that's Randy Johnson's younger brother.

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