One day after the Colorado Rockies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-2, the two teams clashed again in a back-and-forth contest all afternoon long. It took extra innings, but the Rockies emerged with the 7-6 victory in the 13th inning.
J.C. Romero threw a scoreless top of the 13th against the Dodgers, giving the Rockies room to breathe in a 6-6 game. In the bottom of the inning, things started off with back-to-back pop outs by Seth Smith and Chris Nelson. But Mark Ellis doubled and Dexter Fowler delivered the game-winning RBI single.
In the 12th inning, tied at four, Aaron Miles came up with just his second home run of the season. Even wilder, Trent Oeltjen followed with an inside-the-park home run. But Todd Helton, who homered (14) in the second inning, delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the inning to bring the game within one. Eliezer Alfonzo tied the game on a ground out.
Eric Young Jr. had a career night. He started the bottom of the first with a walk and then stole second and third base during Carlos Gonzalez's at-bat. He scored on Gonzalez's ground out. He walked again, this time in the third inning, stole second base for a career single-game-best of three stolen bases, and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Gonzalez played Young for a second time. Young clubbed a triple in the fifth, but remained stranded on third base. He singled in Chris Iannetta in the seventh to tie the game at four.
Esmil Rogers wasn't great on the mound, but he did complete six innings, saving the bullpen from another long game. He allowed a two-run single to Juan Rivera in the first inning and two RBI singles in the fourth inning. He struck out five batters, but was at 109 pitches when he exited the game. Rogers could be the next pitcher out of the rotation if he continues to give up runs in bunches. Alex White is already taking Jason Hammel's spot. Might Drew Pomeranz be there for a September move?