Sunday, October 7, 2007

NLCS Set: Rockies, D-Backs Sweep

Arizona 5 Chicago Cubs 1 - The frustration for the Chicago Cubs continues. It's been 99 years since they last won a World Series and the Diamondbacks made certain they'd have to wait at least another year to placate their long-suffering fans. From the very first pitch from starter Rich Hill - which Chris Young launched over the left field wall - Cubs fans knew it was going to be a rough day. Livan Hernandez worked the Cubs on 5 hits and 5 walks over 6 innings, allowing just one run while his teammates built a 4-1 lead. Eric Byrnes and Stephen Drew hit solo homers in the 6th and 9th innings, respectively, to finish off the Cubs. Colorado 2 Philadelphia 1 - In a series that many expected to feature double-digit scoring and balls leaving the yard with regularity, the Rockies finished off the Phillies with tight pitching from a rookie starter and timely hitting by a lightly-used sub. Ubaldo Jiminez dueled with Philly starter Jamie Moyer for six innings - each pitcher allowing only a single run - and Jeff Baker singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the win and a sweep of the series. Manny Corpas shut down the Phillies in the 9th - his third straight save of the series - and the celebration began. The game was played under adverse conditions, with winds gust of nearly 40 mph and a 14-minute, 2nd-inning delay in which a computer glitch put out the lights. The Rockies' sweep marked a milestone for the franchise. It was the first post-season series win in the club's 15-year history. Colorado has been scary hot, having won 17 of their last 18 games. The National League championship best-of-seven series opens Thursday in Arizona.

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