Things have been pretty crazy at Coors Field the last couple of nights. Again, the game looked just beyond reach, with a 5-6 eighth inning deficit and the Dodgers formidable bullpen standing in the way. The hero tonight - a badly slumping Brad Hawpe. The dude has been a strikeout factory lately and after drawing a 3-0 count and pinch runner Kazmat (who is suddenly back in action to steal bases after a hammy injury?) moving to second base with no outs , Hawpe quickly runs the count full. It looked like another strikeout at the worst possible time. But, as he's often done this season, Hawpe comes through with a big hit, this time a towering 2-run shot into the right field stands. Not quite as dramatic as Helton's 9th inning walkoff 2-run blast last night, but pretty stunning all the same.
Not to be lost in Hawpe's heroics - Holliday with two solo blasts (I'm even thinking of picking up a Creed cd), Yorvit adding his first homer since July, and a pretty solid string of relievers in Assfeldt, Buchholtz, Fuentes (dude seems way more comfortable in the setup role), and my main man Corpas. This was all after Ryan Spiers blew a sixth inning lead with a miserable relief outing. Mad props to Corpas on his tshirt jersey night (damn, wish I had one!), who entered a pressure cooker after the 8th inning fireworks and the heart of the Dodgers lineup coming up. After surrending a single to Kent, Manny settles down and gets the Kemp, Gonzo, and Nomar in order. No easy feat with the slimmest margin of error.
Keep the streak rolling tomorrow boys.......go Bucs!!