Cycle for Nolan, sweep for Rockies

David Zalubowski, Associated Press

In what was the most exciting ending to a game this year, by any team, the Rockies were able to win their fifth straight and take a series sweep of the Giants. The Rockies have now compiled two sweeps against the Giants and are still atop the NL West.

The hero of the day was Nolan Arenado. After giving up a lead in the ninth, the Rockies were down 5-3 and staring at a loss. But they had fought back once in the game and they were ready to do it again.

The inning started with an out, a Tony Wolters ground out. But after that the Rockies started to roll and fought their way into a tight game. Raimel Tapia singled up the middle and Charlie Blackmon lined a ball to center to put runners at the corners. DJ LeMahieu the singled in the perfect spot through the right side to score Tapia and move Blackmon to third.

What happened next was the biggest hit of the day and one of the most clutch hits of Arenado’s career. Down by a run and a homer short of the cycle, Arenado got the ball in the air. Maybe it was Coors field or maybe Arenado is just that clutch, but the ball got over the left field wall for a walk-off, three-run home run. It was also the last hit Nado needed for the cycle and it came as the first walk-off homer to complete the cycle since Cargo did it in 2010.

There was plenty of other positives in the game. Trevor Story and Pat Valaika both homered in the seventh to tie and take the lead for the Rockies. Another positive was Chatwood going six innings strong at home, allowing only two runs. And obviously, the sweep is all just icing on the cake. It was needed however, as both the Dbacks and Dodgers swept their series’.

The Rockies now take on an extremely hot Dbacks team in an early postseason matchup. This series could extend a lead for a division leader, but there is still the Dodgers to worry about. All three teams are leading the NL for the best record and are looking to fight until the very end for the division win.

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