Tuesday, October 16, 2007

NLCS: Rockies Roll Into Series

Colorado 6 Arizona 4 - So much for pitching and defense. The Colorado Rockies showed NL West champion Arizona that they could play that game even better, and added potent hitting to the mix, sweeping the Diamondbacks in four straight. Matt Holliday's (right) 3-run blast in the 4th inning put Colorado up 6-1 and sent the partisan crowd into a World Series frenzy. Arizona cut the lead to 6-4 in the 8th inning on Chris Snyder's 3-run home run, but that was as close as they would get. The Rockies will have to wait until October 24 to face either Boston or Cleveland in the World Series. The 8-day rest is a record layoff, and comes at a time when the Rockies are red hot. With the sweep of Arizona, they've won seven straight postseason games, plus a one-game playoff over San Diego to reach the playoffs. Prior to that run, they won 13 of 14, with their last loss coming on September 28 against the Diamondbacks.
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The Rockies have won 21 of their last 22 games. The only other team to have swept both the NLDS and NLCS was the 1976 Cincinnati Reds, who went on to sweep the Yankees in the World Series. The well-rested Rockies will hope to duplicate that feat.

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