Eye on the Rockies: Extra Effort Gives Rockies A Positive End to Negative Season

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Sam Hilliard raced home on a Jake Faria wild pitch to give the Rockies a 4-3, 13-inning win in Sunday's season finale, allowing the Rockies to climb into fourth place, a game ahead of the Padres, who faded in the final days of the season.

It was the Rockies 10th walk-off win of the season. More than that it was their second in as many games against a Brewers team, which was swept, denying the Brewers of winning the NL Central. They will, however, play Washington on Tuesday in the NL Wild Card game.

At the Plate

Sunday's victory marked the 15th time the Rockies have won a home game in franchise history in 13 or more innings. The list includes the Game 163 against the Padres, when the Rockies rallied twice in extra innings for the victory that sent them to the post-season, resulting in the lone World Series appearance in franchise history.

On the Mound

DJ Johnson was the unsung hero in the Rockies season-ending win. Johnson got the call from the bullpen with no outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 13th. He got a break when Ben Gamel tried to score from third on a pitch that got away from the catcher, but he then struck out the next two batters, and added two more strikeouts in the 14th inning, keeping the scored tied.


Garrett Hampson struggled early, but he received regular playing time in September and it paid off. Hampson hit .318 in the final month of the season, scoring 19 runs and stealing nine bases in nine attempts. He finished the season hitting .247 with the Rockies with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts.