Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More Late Inning Drama


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!!

10 comments:

DeathTruck said...

Damn Bucs blowing late inning leads.

TroutDog said...

no doubt, who do the padres think they are, the rockies?

Sammy Winder said...

wow. so much excitement in these Dodgers games, only to have it tempered with the D-Backs and Pads unwillingness to lose. (or more likely, the Pirates and Giants, inability to win a f***ing game)

Young Bear said...

The Rox have more hunters/capita than any other team in the league. I heard Helton talking about how every minute he is not working/playing baseball, he is "up a tree." REEEEEE! The Atkins/Holliday feature in SI highlighted that being the big difference between the two.

Fresh CU-Miami (Circa '93) on Classic right now. Kordell, Salaam, Westbrook, CJII

Young Bear said...

Fresh The Rock getting his DLine on! Sweet Brawl! like a dozen dudes from both sides are kicked out of the game.
Edgar Bennett tb for the U. Fresh.

Young Bear said...

Guess it is darnell bennett. not fresh. CU has more future pros in this game.

TroutDog said...

I couldn't resist the hunting photo of hawpe, no matter how REEEE it is. Young Bear - Explore the splendors of good images for your posts!!

Young Bear said...

I have been playing around with it a wee bit. What is the deal with the licensing stuff?
Just wait for captainwhatshisname to chime in on the hunting shot.

Young Bear said...

When is the Das Boot section of this blog going to start? We need to have a production meeting, pronto!

Troutdog, as usual, get a Whaler.

TroutDog said...

Yeah, some Das Boot blogging is necessary. I've only come across the licensing stuff a few times. Most pics are readily poachable.

I don't like leaving work in an hour to check out business man specials. Call me if you're downtown in the late afternoon young bear......