Rockies 2, Phillies 1 – Crucial stat of the series: the Phillies hit .180 over three games against the Rockies, and failed to really get anything going offensively over a series set in hitters’ parks. Credit Rocky pitching for this: once again Ubaldo Jimenez came through big time for the team, throwing one-run ball in 6.1 innings. Now, Jamie Moyer didn’t do too badly himself, giving up the same number in 6. Pinch hitter Jeff Baker drove in the go-ahead run after Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe nailed singles off J.C. Romero in the eighth. I’m just having a hard time even typing “The Colorado Rockies are in the NLCS.” It’s just not quite processing yet. Even if they continue to advance, it won’t exactly go through, and they’re perfectly capable of getting further.
Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 1 – This is old hat for the Arizona franchise and a beat-up fedora for Livan Hernandez, who knows some things about getting to the playoffs and coming up big. It’s new for a lot of the members of this particular Arizona clubhouse, semi-divorced from the days of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. Chris Young wound up giving Livan the lead on Rich Hill’s first pitch, going Alfonso Soriano and driving it into the left field Wrigley bleachers, and Justin Upton drove in the Drew brother that doesn’t suck for a 2-0 lead after half a frame (Stephen hit .500 for the series.) Lou Piniella can now enjoy the six months of rest that Carlos Zambrano so sorely needed after 85 pitches in Game 1. Soriano went 2-for-14 in the series; Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-12.
No one east of the Rockies will give a shit about the NLCS, and we’ll see plenty of cracks about TBS/Fox being less than thrilled with the markets. Fuck ’em. As for the ALDS, let the Red Sox and Indians put the Angels and Yankees out of their misery. Both of the latter teams are hobbled in ways that make them pathetic to watch right now.
Photo: AP/David Zalubowski