Jeff Francis beat Cole Hamels in a battle of young lefties in a game that featured, not offense, as most people thought, but solid pitching. Rather than slugging their way to victory, the Rockies took advantage of an unusually wild Hamels, who walked four, including three in one inning and small balled their way to an important road playoff victory.
ColoradoThe Phillies home crowd was going crazy early on, rally towels waving, and seemingly everybody in the seats wearing red or white. M-V-P chants started immediately for Jimmy Rollins and every Rockies batter that stepped to the plate was booed. Most boos were saved for the other MVP candidate, Matt Holliday, who put the icing on the cake in the eighth with a solo shot to deep center.
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