(Colo)-Rockies Win On Walkoff Wild Pitch To End Season On 3 Straight Wins
DENVER (AP) = The Colorado Rockies rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the 7th inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on a walkoff wild pitch in the 13th.
The victory allowed the Rockies to end arguably the most disappointing season in team history with a 3-game sweep of the playoff-bound Brewers.
Milwaukee entered the weekend with a shot to pass or at least tie St Louis for the NL Central crown, but the first 2 losses to Colorado meant the Brew Crew was relegated to an NL wild-card spot when the Cardinals jumped out to a big lead Sunday in an eventual 9-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.
The Brewers will play at Washington on Tuesday night in the wild-card game. The winner advances to take on the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rockies won 11 of their final 18 games to finish with a 71-91 record and place 4th in the National League West, thanks to Arizona beating San Diego, 1-0. It was a sharp stumble from last season when they went 91-72, dropping a post-season tiebreaker to Los Angeles but advancing to the NL playoffs as a wild card for the second straight year and beating the Cubs in the wild card game..
Colorado starter Jeff Hoffman opened the game by walking Trent Grisham and then threw a 1-0 fastball that Yasmani Grandal crushed into the second deck in right field for a 2-0 Milwaukee lead.
The Brewers began freely substituting as the Cardinals finished off the Cubs. but still extended the lead to 3-0 in the 6th with a solo homer by pinch-hitter Hernan Perez off lefty Sam Howard.
The Rockies, with stars Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story sitting out, got a single by rookie Sam Hilliard in the 1st but didn't get their second hit until the 7th when Raimel Tapia singled, stole 2nd, and scored on an RBI single by Josh Fuentes to close the gap to 3-1.
An inning later, Dom Nunez launched a 424-foot solo blast into the second deck in right off Corbin Burnes, whittling Milwaukee’s lead to 3-2. The Rockies evened the score in the 9th after Tapia reached on first baseman Tyler Austin's two-base fielding error and scored on Pat Valaika's single.
They loaded the bases with one-out after pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso was intentionally walked, but reliever Taylor Williams then fanned Nunez and Garrett Hampson to send the game to extra innings.
Milwaukee loaded the bases with none out in the 11th but failed to score, with Ben Gamel thrown out at the plate trying to score on a pitch in the dirt that rolled past the catcher but was quickly retrieved. DJ Johnson then struck out Pina and Perez.
Finally in the 13, Jake Faria (0-1) walked Hilliard to start the inning and Yonathan Daza then laid down a bunt single. 2nd baseman Keston Hiura collided with 1st base umpire Brian Gorman as he rushed to cover the bag, and catcher Manny Pina's throw sailed down the line, allowing Hilliard to reach 3rd.
With pinch-hitter Ian Desmond at the plate, Faria threw a pitch into the dirt that skipped past the catch, letting Hilliard score. Bryan Shaw (3-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning.
Brewers: CF Lorenzo Cain remains day to day after spraining his left ankle in a slide at home plate during Saturday's loss. "He actually walked in (Sunday) better than he walked out (Saturday night) which with a sprained ankle is somewhat encouraging, but he's sore," manager Craig Counsell said. "I think we're somewhat encouraged but it's pretty early and he just started treatment, so don't really have definitive news as to what's happening."
Counsell was more optimistic about OF Ryan Braun, who left Friday's game at Colorado with a left calf strain. He said Braun is expected to be available in time for their first postseason game.
The Rockies drew 36,771 to their final home game and had overall attendance of 2,993,244. That was down from 2018, when Colorado drew 3,015,880 to Coors Field.
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