Loser Goes Home: Padres-Rockies Playoff Gamer

The last piece of the post-season puzzle will be placed at Coors Field tonight, as NL Cy Young winner Jake Peavy and the San Diego Pod Squad face off against Josh Fogg and the red-hot Rox in Denver. This is certainly exciting stuff, even if you aren’t a fan of either team; besides, it’s our last baseball action until Wednesday. Consider this your place to comment on this winner-take-all match-up.

San Diego

B. Giles rf .272
S. Hairston lf .242
K. Kouzmanoff 3b .276
A. Gonzalez 1b .280
K. Greene ss .255
J. Bard c .283
G. Blum 2b .252
B. Clark cf .262
J. Peavy p .229


K. Matsui 2b .287
T. Tulowitzki ss .287
M. Holliday lf .340
T. Helton 1b .320
G. Atkins 3b .299
B. Hawpe rf .292
R. Spilborghs cf .304
Y. Torrealba c .256
J. Fogg p .137

137 comments… add one
  • I’ll be rooting for San Diego, as they are the parent club of my home-town Portland Beavers, and I’ve been fortunate to see quite a few of their players in the PCL.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 5:39 pm
  • Great idea AG. I myself will be rooting for the Rox. After all Tulo’s hero…Derek Jeter. Plus Todd Helton deserves it.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 1, 2007, 5:42 pm
  • Um, Wednesday, Gerb. I know you YFs don’t believe that there are any other teams than the Yankees, but our boys host the Angels on Wednesday.

    SF October 1, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • Go Rockies! The unexpectedness and their recent incredible surge have got me on their side.

    Devine October 1, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • Gotta root for the Rockies. I had a few beers with Josh Fogg a few years ago in Tampa while he was spring training (his wife and mine were in the same group of friends in grad school)and he was a really cool guy. We have always rooted for him since then so go Rockies!!!

    krueg October 1, 2007, 5:44 pm
  • John, before Portland went AAA and aligned with San Diego a few years back, they were the A-League affiliate for the Rockies (Portland Rockies) so there’s a distant heart-string tug there as well, and the Rox are a great story this year.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 5:46 pm
  • Sorry, SF.. I really did mean Wednesday. Corrected the post.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 5:46 pm
  • ‘sides, I thought beating the Halos was a universally agreed upon foregone conclusion, no? Wokka-wokka.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 5:49 pm
  • Go Rox!!! This is a team, that just a couple years ago, hell maybe still, they had a weekday ticket special, $2 got you in to the game and a free hot dog.
    How do you not root for that team?

    LocklandSF October 1, 2007, 5:53 pm
  • Gotta root for the Rockies… winning 11 straight at the end of the season to force a playoff? Gotta love it.
    Plus, the trio of Holliday, Helton and Hawpe is just so fiercely alliterative! Not to mention Helton has the most powerful facial hair in baseball.

    Atheose October 1, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • Still amazing to me that the Sox could have had Helton this off-season for Lowell and Tavarez and at a discount. Even more amazing is that Lowell’s year makes that far from a no-brainer.

    Pete October 1, 2007, 6:22 pm
  • Go Padres – if they win we might get an eventual Mussina vs. Maddux WS game. If they both bomb on the mound, they could retire to the clubhouse and have a scrabble-off to determine the winner.

    IronHorse (yf) October 1, 2007, 6:25 pm
  • That would be hilarious Ironhorse. However, the mental picture of Moose’s self-important smirk while standing on the mound during the World Series is enough to make me vomit.

    Atheose October 1, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • Lineups added.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Is this game on TV–other than MLB.TV?
    Don’t tell me that an important play-in game like this is not being broadcast by somebody.

    SoxFan October 1, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • It’s on TBS

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Fogg made Hairston look bad there.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Kouzmanoff dropped it where they ain’t for a 2-out single.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • I have to admit that one of my concerns with this post-season was TBS breaking their HD cherry with playoff games. I’m so glad they got this game to test the waters before it has direct implications on my happiness.
    I have to say, so far, I’m impressed. I was expecting the crappy HD feed you get from ESPN or Fox.
    So far, this is even better than NESN’s, which was a high standard to reach.

    LocklandSF October 1, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Lock:
    The TBS feed is fantastic. I agree. Some of the NFL stuff yesterday was just awful, for HD.
    Kaz Matsui gives the shiv to Mets fans, with a double.

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Hmm, a shortstop with pinstripe pants and the #2 on his back.
    Hit him.

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • (just kidding, YFs)

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • 1/3 for the Rox. Peavy struggling so far, and also getting squeezed just a little.

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Yeah, that’s a tight zone.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • SF, I completely agree, I just don’t understand why the major network’s HD quality sucks so much in comparison to the smaller guys like NESN. Are they just holding back because the majority of their audience hasn’t switched over yet? Just doesn’t make sense.

    LocklandSF October 1, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Holliday walks, bases loaded with nobody out.

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Man, who is the producer who let Craig Sager wear that f*cking jacket. That’s a complete sartorial crime.

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Helton drives one deep to center, the Rockies go up 1-0 on the sac fly, runners advance to 2/3.

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • The Rockies can’t seem to miss right now.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Peavy drills a liner to left. 2-0 Rox.
    Peavy looks very shaky.

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Can the Padres even score three runs?

    SF October 1, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Wow, Peavy just doesn’t have it.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Torrealba pulls a hanging breaking pitch to left to make it 3-0.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • You can’t stop Yorvit, you can only hope to contain him.
    That sounds so stupid, doesn’t it?

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • These guys are locked in on Peavy. Tulo just took a mammoth rip, just missed one, fouling it straight back.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • A bit generous as Peavy backwards-ks tulo to end the second.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • > Yorvit
    Sounds like a failed dot-com.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Peavy helps his own cause with a leadoff 0-2 single.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Pads plug them up with nobody out. Big chance here.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Ooooh a Pads rally! Bags juiced w/no outs. Good job Peavy starting it off.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Hmmm. Ball one to Kouz was the EXACT same pitch that Peavy K’d Tulo.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Peavy doesn’t tag on the fly to Holliday, though Holliday threw to third.
    Grand Slam for Adrian Gonzalez. man, that went south for the Rockies in fast motion.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Gonzalez Salami!

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Greene follows with a single.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • Whoops – the tides a changing.

    batty October 1, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • And now a double. 2/3, one down. Fogg is falling apart.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • IBB loads them up.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • 5-3 Padres on a 6-4-3 where the “3” part doesn’t hold the ball, which was a tad late anyhow.
    Peavy up again.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Almost kickoff time…

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • So this is the announcing crew they’ll have for Yanks-Tribe? Ugh. And I think I’ve been permanently blinded by Craig Sager…

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Now Helton goes yard.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Who is this guy wearing No. 44 and what has he done with the real Jake Peavy?!

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Don Orsillo is the Sox’ play-by-play guy. Not terrible, but not spectacular. He’s not a homer, which is good, but he rarely impresses with great knowledge. He and Remy have a schtick (which can be annoying sometimes), so without the Dawg he’s probably a little bland.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • I like the NESN announcers…granted I haven’t listened to them a whole lot, but they sound much better than Michael Kay, at least.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Anybody around these parts play video games? I have a birthday coming up soon and have been craving a new console (I grew up on the Atari 2600), but can’t decide if:
    a) this is a terrible idea, what with two kids around and no shortage of fun from them alone
    b) if I do get one, whether the Xbox 360 or PS3 is the way to go (the boy is to young for the Wii)
    c) if I will just be too old to deal with a controller with 25 buttons, two levers, and a pulley, having grown up on a paddle/joystick-based system.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • but they sound much better than Michael Kay, at least.
    They are better than Kay. But a howling dog is better than Michael Kay.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • SF: (a)

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • They are better than Kay. But a howling dog is better than Michael Kay.
    Not true. I can’t stand the Mets’ booth. Gary Cohen is OK, but Hernandez and Darling…oi. I think I would (grudgingly) take Kay over that bunch.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • “TBS Hotcorner: San Diego Padres’ Trevor Hoffman breaks down the art of pitching with Alyssa Milano”.
    Headline that just flashed on the TBS ticker. Ugh. The end is nigh.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Come on, Cohen calls a great game. The other guys? Feh. But Cohen is so much better than Kay it’s not even funny.

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Alyssa Milano? I would watch her break down a game of tiddlywinks.

    SoxFan October 1, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • SF: I’m in a similar pinch.
    My intellectual side says (A). My (rather long-neglected) gamer says if I were to go (B), I’d get a 360. I’ll email you why off list if you want.

    attackgerbil October 1, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • I gotta agree with the pinstriped monkey, SF. My wife bought me an Xbox a few years back for my birthday (after not having played for ten years or so), and I gotta say the games are great (fantastic even) these days, but it’s a time sink. The first few weeks will border on an addiction. Wait a few more years to play with the kids. Plus the technology will get that much better.

    Pete October 1, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Yeah, I’ve been leaning to (a) as well, which is why I still have no video game system up and running. I think the (a)’s have it. Drat!

    SF October 1, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • You could always rent one from Blockbuster to get the urge out of your system. Madden is so much fun. Halo too.

    Pete October 1, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • As fate would have it, I’m watching a Buchholz pitch in a meaningful game.

    Pete October 1, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • sf- hands down the wii is the best thing going. with the virtual console set up, and re-release of old school games every monday, it’s the only option for us 30 and over gamers.

    sf rod October 1, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Man, what a game here.

    Tyrel SF October 1, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Right now the Bengals are challenging a call that can’t result in anything but a worse situation for them – the Patriots’ running back fumbled the ball near the goal line, and the ball went out of bounds around the one. The referees ruled it “down by contact” at the two, but if the referees agree with the Bengals (that it was a fumble) then the Patriots get the ball at the one, not the two.

    SF October 1, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • …and the Bengals lose the challenge.

    SF October 1, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • And the Rox pull ahead again. I have a feeling this may keep going for a while.

    batty October 1, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Holy shit, Holliday makes a horrendous error and misjudged a routine fly ball. Now THIS is a baseball game.

    AndrewYF October 1, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • My brother (another SF) lives in Denver, so the Rockies are a secondary family favorite… Tuned in just in time for that horrendous misplay that tied it up.

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • uh, let me preface this by saying i’m not a big kay fan, but…
    “…Don Orsillo is…not a homer…”
    yes he is sf…big time

    dc October 1, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • (Strangely, the Rox beat up on both the Sox and Yanx this year…)

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • i don’t remember what the sox did against the rox hudson, but yep, what the yanks did was a real bummer…maybe they’re pretty good after all…

    dc October 1, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • maybe they’re pretty good after all…
    the rox that is

    dc October 1, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • The Rockies took 2 of 3 in June from the Sox, outscoring Boston 20-4. ‘Twas ugly.
    Late joke on the misplay: That was Holly being Manny.

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • MLB.tv just had a clip of Judas Damon with audio by the homer of homers, Mr. Sterling…

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Extras in Denver…

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Whooo, free baseball!

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Terrmel Sledge?

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • The extremely fearsome Termel Sledge, it appears.
    Man, what a treat on an otherwise baseball-free evening…A sloppy game to be sure, but still lots of fun.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Herges works out of it, and the Rockies get a second chance to walk off (bottom of the 10th).

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • I have a feeling this game will be over very soon.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Yorvit Torrealba?

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • I say Kaz Matsui knocks one out. As a big FU to the Mets.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Hmm. Maybe next time through the order…

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • To the 11th.
    The longer this goes on, the better the Padres’ chances, in theory… They’ve used just 3 pitchers to Colorado’s 8, and have a much better pen.

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Leadoff guy on for the Pads in the 11th. They’ve been so inept with people on base tonight….

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Everytime I look up it’s Kaz Matsui again.
    I remember when he was supposed to be this incredibly disciplined player for the Mets who started Tai Chi before anyone else got there but couldn’t seem to hit or field.

    batty October 1, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Ya know, considering this is extra innings in a very exciting and important game, the announcers sound awfully bored…TBS couldn’t do any better for the playoffs?

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • After watching the middle innings of this game, I’m reeeaaaallly glad that Brady Clark walked away from the Red Sox in August.

    academic-SF October 1, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • *will not bitch about announcers anymore*

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Nice DP gets the Rox out of a jam, bottom of the 11th, third chance to walk off may be the charm…

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Brady Clark was with the Sox?

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Holliday walkoff?

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • Boo. Up to Helton now…

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • 1st and 2nd, 2 out for the Rox.

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Ohhh the drama…Hawpe looked like he was swinging for the moon there.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • D’oh. On to the 12th!

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Nope, on to the 12th.

    Hudson October 1, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Boy, I’d hate to be the losing team for either one of them, yikes! This will hurt more than a blowout.

    batty October 1, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • Heh, a Morgan Ensberg sighting! Didn’t realize Pads had picked him up.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • yankeemonkey: he was never on the ML roster, but he was a possible replacement for Wily Mo Pena

    academic-SF October 1, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Cool, thanx academic!
    Bottom of the 12th…another chance for Torrealba coming up.

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • Aaaand we play on!

    yankeemonkey October 1, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Ouch. 8-6 SD.

    Devine October 2, 2007, 12:00 am
  • That’s a shame…I was really hoping the Rox would pull it out. The bandwagon was chugging along so nicely.

    yankeemonkey October 2, 2007, 12:03 am
  • You know the Phillies are loving every minute of watching their possible competitors tiring each other out like this.
    To the bottom of the 13th.

    Devine October 2, 2007, 12:05 am
  • Ehh, they’ll have a couple of days to recover and rest, I don’t think it’s such a big deal. Pads won’t be able to throw Peavy till later in the series, however. Then again, if he looks like he did tonight, that might be a good thing.
    Here’s to Hoffman blowing another one!

    yankeemonkey October 2, 2007, 12:07 am
  • …And it’s Kaz up again.

    batty October 2, 2007, 12:08 am
  • Matsui doubles to start it off.

    Devine October 2, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Tulowitzki homerun shy of a cycle. C’mon kid, you can do it!

    yankeemonkey October 2, 2007, 12:11 am
  • ANOTHER double, Tulowitzki. Holy crap. 8-7. Nobody out.

    Devine October 2, 2007, 12:13 am
  • Holliday to 3rd on a triple! Still nobody out. Reward this fanbase’s faith and lift a fly ball to the outfield someone!

    Devine October 2, 2007, 12:14 am
  • What an amazing game.

    attackgerbil October 2, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Damn. Helton doesn’t get his walk-off.
    Rivera wouldn’t have blown that.

    AndrewYF October 2, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Wow. What a finish.

    attackgerbil October 2, 2007, 12:17 am
  • ROCKIES!!!

    Devine October 2, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Holliday tags up to score the winning run. He’s hurt.. Barrett probably was wearing brass knuckles for the tag.

    attackgerbil October 2, 2007, 12:18 am
  • The end of the Padres season, thanks to ‘the best closer ever’ Trevor Hoffman.
    I could not be happier with the results of this game.

    AndrewYF October 2, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Holy crap! I started to turn this game off in the bottom of the 13th, but then saw the lead-off double. Wow. What an amazing game!
    Awww, Holliday is injured on the slide.

    Atheose October 2, 2007, 12:19 am
  • On the replay, it shows that Holliday never touched home on the slide.

    attackgerbil October 2, 2007, 12:19 am
  • Whoa. Holliday is banged up after the slide at the plate. Face bleeding. Hope he’s all right. Looks like he might have missed the plate on the way in.

    Devine October 2, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Oh well, the Rockies deserve it. Hoffman blows a 2-run lead in the 13th? Wow.
    Rockies win the NL. I’m calling it now.

    Atheose October 2, 2007, 12:21 am
  • Ump giving Holliday the “lots o’ heart” call.

    Devine October 2, 2007, 12:21 am
  • Unbelievable ending. Really crappy in my view to end on a clearly blown call – and one the ump himself seemed to think was wrong. It’s not like he was waiting to see if the Catcher had held on to the ball after a collision – he waited because Holliday clearly hadn’t touched home plate. I’m glad to get some sleep and didn’t really care who won, but after all that, it should have been tied with 2 outs in the bottom of the 13th. People can say all they want about bad calls “evening out”, but when it happens on the play that ends your season, I wouldn’t begrudge the Pads and their fans being pissed.
    Oh well. Glad I am not a Pads fan right now.

    IronHorse (yf) October 2, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Wow, what an ending!!!

    yankeemonkey October 2, 2007, 12:30 am
  • Well, considering the Rockies got a homerun taken away from them earlier in the game, I’d say that the calls did “even out”, no?

    yankeemonkey October 2, 2007, 12:38 am
  • Wow. What a game. I was at work and watchign on my phoen again.. rooting for the Rockies all the way.
    A) I love Denver.
    B) I did NOT want to have to face Peavy in a possible World Series.

    Anonymous October 2, 2007, 12:44 am
  • Just got home from watching this one — holy crap! What a game. Man, I love watching elimination baseball when I don’t really care who wins. That is some great edge-of-your-seat viewing. I’ll be rooting NL all the way if the Sox don’t make it through.

    stuck working October 2, 2007, 1:22 am
  • Let me also refer you all to this FJM post, which highlights one of the worst moments for TBS’s announcing team tonight: http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2007/10/pop.html
    That definitely left me, uh, agog.

    stuck working October 2, 2007, 1:23 am
  • That was a great game. And I think its controversial ending makes it even better, as it gives people something to talk about and remember the game by in the future.
    It’s kinda like the Jeffery Maier and Steve Bartman games, where these two controversies have helped to sear these playoff games into baseball fans’ collective memories.

    SoxFan October 2, 2007, 7:56 am
  • this was one of those “don’t care much” games as far as who won, but a fun game to watch…i got tired and went to bed just before the ending, figures, so i appreciate the recap here…i’m sure i’ll see the replay 1000 times on espn today…

    dc October 2, 2007, 8:08 am
  • I went to bed after the Padres took an 8-6 lead … obviously that was a mistake!

    Ron Newman October 2, 2007, 8:43 am
  • dc:
    There are homers and there are homers. Orsillo is a local announcer, so by virtue of that he’ll always be considered, by outsiders, to be a homer. And there’s probably some truth to that. But guys like Kay and Hawk Harrelson take it to a new level entirely. Orsillo is nothing like them.

    SF October 2, 2007, 8:58 am

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