Thursday, October 11, 2007

NLCS: Rockies Trim Webb, Take Game 1

Colorado 5 Arizona 1 - Brad Hawpe has made a career out of getting to Brandon Webb and last night he went 2-for-2 off the Arizona starter, with a key 2-run, bases-loaded single in the third inning that put Colorado ahead 4-1 and on their way to taking a 1-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Heading into the game, Hawpe (right) was 9-for-15 with 3 homers and 11 RBI against Webb in 2007. Once the Rockies had their lead, starter Jeff Francis bore down, allowing just 2 hits from the 3rd to the 6th inning. Francis, who worked into the 7th inning, allowed only a first-inning run on an Eric Byrnes double. In the 7th, Francis ran into trouble after giving up a leadoff double by Chris Snyder and then plunking Justin Upton, but escaped when the Rockies' infield turned its third double-play of the night. After allowing a bunt single to pinch hitter Jeff Cirillo, Francis was lifted for reliever Matt Herges, who loaded the bases with a walk to Chris Young, but got Stephen Drew to fly out, ending the threat. The controversial 7th inning double play prompted fans to hurl objects onto the field, resulting in a stoppage of play when Rockies' manager, Clint Hurdle, pulled his players from the field. Upton upended Kaz Matsui by sliding outside the basepath, and was called out for interference, resulting in the batter - Augie Ojeda - being retired as well. Brian Fuentes and Manny Corpas worked scoreless 8th and 9th innings for Colorado. Webb lasted 6 innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits. Colorado added a run in the 7th off reliever Juan Cruz on a walk to catcher Yorvit Torrealba, a wild pitch, a sacrifice and an error by Diamondbacks' first baseman Conor Jackson. Game two of the series is Friday at 10:00 at Arizona. Ubaldo Jiminez takes the mound for the Rockies against Arizona's Doug Davis.

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