Rockies Short Hops: Game 2
Matsui's blast kicks off offensive breakout by Colorado
PHILADELPHIA -- Fielding the Rockies' 10-5 victory over the Phillies in Game 2 of the NL Division Series on a short hop.In < 25 words ...
Kazuo Matsui powered the Rockies to complete a sweep of both road playoff games and set up two chances for a home clinching of the series. Frozen moment
A grand slam by Matsui, a switch-hitting second baseman who had only four home runs in 410 at-bats during the regular season. Big number
9 -- Matsui's total bases. Game balls
He hit only four home runs in the regular season, but he didn't mind seeing Kyle Lohse come in to face him, because he was 2-for-5 lifetime against Lohse. Matsui also was a better hitter this year left-handed than right-handed by 20 points. He also doubled off Kyle Kendrick and tripled off Clay Condrey.
He was a candidate to start Game 4 after starting Monday night's clincher, but he was pressed into service in relief of Franklin Morales and pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.
After Brian Fuentes loaded the bases in the eighth inning with a five-run lead, Corpas escaped the jam by getting Carlos Ruiz to tap out and he locked up the save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Sense of October
The extra umpires assigned to postseason games came into play when left-field umpire Ed Hickox correctly ruled that Troy Tulowitzki's first-inning home run had cleared the fence and bounced back into play.
5 AB, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R
Comment: He was only 1-for-6 in bases-loaded situations this season, but the one hit was a three-run triple.
2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 K
Comment: It's pretty nice having a 10-game winner for long relief.
"It's not like we're playing Little League teams. We're a quality ballclub and we don't get as much credit as we deserve. I think sometimes we get overlooked because we don't have a slew of superstars on our team." -- Fuentes, on the Rockies being overlooked by some during the postseason
What's so tough about winning a third straight for a team that won 11 straight in September?
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.