Dodger fans were having fun with tonight's marathon game at Coors Field. Jim Tracy had burned through seven pitchers, finally leaving in Adam "Mark" Eaton (ERA hovering around 8) in for 55 pitches, which burned Tracy when two triples and a backfired IBB resulted in a three-run top of the 14th inning, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead. Insurmountable, right?
Not for the Giants, whose nature is so hard-coded to screw the Dodgers, even at sacrificial cost to themselves. Remembering that their playoff chances are only about 11% anyway, the Giants went ahead and coughed up a huge hairball, watching Giant reliever Justin Miller walk in the Rox' pitcher (the aforementioned Eaton) on five pitches to cut the lead to two runs. And then, just for icing, Bruce Bochy brings in Jerkin' Merkin Valdez, whose second pitch of the ballgame results in a walk-off grand salami for Ryan Spilborghs. Game over, Rockies win and take three of four from the Giants.
On the bright side, the Rockies' 14-inning victory depleted their bullpen a day before they start a three-game series with the Dodgers, and the fact that we saw Jason Marquis pitch eight innings of one-run ball means that he's spent for this series too, which is also good. But a puny three-game divisional lead means that a series sweep by the Rockies would (gulp!) tie up the NL West altogether.
UPDATE 11:19p: I suppose, upon further review, that the whole scorpion-and-the-frog analogy doesn't work all that well for the frog part, since the Rockies ended up winning the game rather than drowning in the river (except for the bullpen depletion, perhaps). Well, half of the metaphor worked.
UPDATE #2 (8/25, 6p): One day later, I'm still aghast at the Rockies' comeback. Just check out the fangraphs win probability chart for this game. Unbelievable.
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