Rockies Short Hops: Game 3
Torrealba's homer, Fogg's mound effort produce 3-0 lead
DENVER -- Fielding Game 3 of the NLCS on a short hop ...In < 25 words ...
Josh Fogg's stubborn resilience combined with Yorvit Torrealba's three-run, sixth-inning homer carried the Rockies to a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Frozen moment
Other than this whole game, which was played amid a constant rain and a wind chill in the mid-30s, this moment came in the first inning, when Fogg gloved Eric Byrnes' liner and nearly started a triple play. Instead, he settled for a double play that killed the momentum the Diamondbacks built by starting the game with consecutive singles. Big number
1 -- Since the LCS went to seven games in 1985, the 2004 Red Sox are the only team that has battled back from a 3-0 series deficit and advanced to the World Series. Game balls
Torrealba showed patience and power with his two-out, three-run homer in the sixth off Arizona starter Livan Hernandez. Torrealba's first career postseason homer came on a 3-2 pitch and ended a seven-pitch at-bat.
Having allowed at least one baserunner in each of his six innings, Fogg's performance was far from dominant. But with the help of double plays in each of the first three innings, it was certainly effective enough for him to win his first career postseason start.
Showing the form that has made him a three-time All-Star closer, Fuentes prevented any rally attempts with a scoreless eighth inning. He's surrendered three hits in the three scoreless innings he's completed during the NLCS.
Sense of October
This wasn't the first sold-out crowd to brave the wintry elements Denver can sometimes present in mid-October. But instead of wearing Broncos orange, this purple-clad throng sat through near-freezing rain and showed the Rockies they truly have become the current toast of the town.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Comment: When it comes to batting champs, this is a rather average line. But before his two-out, first-inning, solo homer, the MVP candidate had recorded just one hit in his previous 13 at-bats.
6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Comment: Fogg thrives off the underdog role and once again proved postseason success doesn't require dominant stuff. He threw first-pitch strikes to just 11 of the 23 batters he faced. But the only damage he incurred came via Mark Reynolds' two-out, fourth-inning homer.
"The series isn't over. We still have to take care of tomorrow."
-- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki
Franklin Morales began this season in Double-A and on Monday night, he'll find himself starting a game that could send him and his teammates to the World Series. This will be his second career postseason start and the first time that he's opposed the Diamondbacks. In his final four regular season starts, he was 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.