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Rockies stun Cardinals with nine in 9th, win 12-9

Jul 7, 2010, 12:58 AM EDT

It was an inning for the ages. Down 9-3, the Rockies came through with nine runs against Dennys Reyes and Ryan Franklin to beat the Cardinals on Tuesday night.
The inning started innocently enough. Miguel Olivo singled to open it against Reyes, but Seth Smith followed with a lineout. Another single and a walk followed, with Olivo scoring on a passed ball on the walk.
That led to Franklin, the Cardinals’ closer, being brought into a 9-4 game. It seemed like the safe play, what with Franklin sporting a 2.16 ERA on the year and not having worked in four days.
The Rockies, though, weren’t about to go quietly. Chris Iannetta immediately hit a three-run bomb. It was just the second homer surrendered by Franklin this year and the fourth in 94 1/3 innings since the beginning of 2009.
With the score 9-7, but the bases again empty, the Cardinals still had to be feeling pretty confident. However, Dexter Fowler doubled to start another rally. After a Brad Hawpe groundout, Carlos Gonzalez singled in Fowler from third. 9-8.
After that, it was Jason Giambi’s turn. He lined a ball to right that should have put runners on the corners. No one told Gonzalez that, though. With Randy Winn playing an inch in front of the wall in right, he raced all of the way around to score from first on a single. 9-9.
Giambi was removed for a pinch-runner. In this case, pitcher Aaron Cook. Olivo came up for the second time in the inning and delivered his second single. That gave Smith another chance, and the guy who made the first out of the inning launched a walkoff homer. 12-9 Rockies.
It was the largest ninth-inning comeback in Rockies history, and it left Colorado and St. Louis with identical 45-38 records this season.
Give a ton of credit to Iannetta, who has managed to stay sharp despite limited action of late. The Rockies are usually loathe to use their backup catcher off the bench, so Iannetta had played just once this month. He entered tonight’s game as a pinch-hitter, played an inning of third base for just the second time in his career and then hit his fifth homer of the year in his second at-bat. He’s homered in three of his last five appearances.

  1. Md23Rewls - Jul 7, 2010 at 2:43 AM

    Whoa.

  2. Wonder Kat - Jul 7, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Just another example of why the Cardinals can always win the worst division in baseball but can’t get out of the first round in the playoffs.

  3. Bokosse - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Except that one time where they did, right?

  4. indy_ralph - Jul 7, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    That one time? OK, they won it all just the once. The Cardinals won more playoff series in the aughts than any other NL team. How quickly we forget.

  5. Bokosse - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Yes, I’m aware. I was referring to that one time they won the WS, in direct contrast to the “just another example” statement up above.

  6. Md23Rewls - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    While it was an amazing comeback/collapse, I’m not quite sure how a July 6th game against Colorado is indicative of anything.

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