Even after the Wacky Wednesday loss in game one of their playoff series against the Philllies, the Rockies still had a chance to regain home-field advantage -- and they managed to do so with a little help from a pair of players obtained in the trade that sent Matt Holliday to the also-ran Oakland A's. Carlos Gonzalez went three-for-five and scored the game's ever-important first run, while closer Huston Street helped record the final outs (albeit after opening the door much wider than he should have). Meanwhile, Holliday bobbled a routine fly ball in the ninth, committing an error that led directly to the L.A. Dodgers taking a 2-0 lead over his current squad, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Yeah, we miss Holliday, and wish he was part of the Rockies' success this season. But what initially looked like a terrible deal for Colorado has turned out to be much closer to a wash than anyone imagined. And last night, it was a lot better than that.
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