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It is pointless to speculate with “what ifs” this late in the season with a team that is out of contention, but it is impossible not to think of the “what ifs” with a team like the Rockies. Saturday night was more of the same and raises the questions of “if the Rockies won the games they should have won, where would they be?” Last night was another of those games and while they never had a lead in the game, they did rally back from a deficit to tie the game in the ninth and the momentum looked to be in their favor.
With a dead arm, Tyler Anderson was scratched from his final start of the 2016 season, but it did give way to Jeff Hoffman. Hoffman hadn’t made a start since September 14th and he looked eager to return to the mound. On a pitch limit, Hoffman was only able to get through five innings, but it was a great five innings. He struck out seven batters while walking two and allowing only two hits. The only run against him came because of an error by Cristhian Adames in the fifth. It was probably the best start of Hoffman’s season and it was a great way for him to end his rookie campaign.
The Brewers scored the first three runs of the game and looked to be in control of this one, but in the eighth the Rockies turned it around. A Tony Wolters triple and single by Pat Valaika brought the Rockies within two. An error then allowed runners to get to first and second. With two outs, Cargo was finally able to tally his 100th RBI of the season with a single to bring the Rockies within one.
The Rockies then completed their rally in the ninth with some more rookie magic. Jordan Patterson singled for his third hit of the game and would eventually come around on a double down the left field line by Tom Murphy. That tied the game up at 3-3 and it gave the Rockies what looked like to be the momentum they needed to win the game.
Adam Ottavino came on to work the tenth inning, but ran into trouble with the Brewers power hitter Chris Carter. With two outs and two strikes on Carter, Ottavino was in a perfect position to have a perfect inning. His slider caught far too much of the plate though and Carter launched a ball to left field for the game winning run. The Rockies couldn’t rally back in the bottom of the inning and the Brewers came away with the win.
The Rockies finish the 2016 campaign with German Marquez taking the mound. This game doesn’t mean anything for either team, but both would like to finish their years with wins. At the very least for the Rockies, they will finish third in the division which exceeds most peoples expectations for this year.