Rockies Short Hops: Game 4
Club has a blast -- two of them, by Hawpe, Atkins -- but falls
DENVER -- Fielding Game 4 of the World Series on a short hop.In < 25 words ...
Late homers by Brad Hawpe and Garrett Atkins couldn't bring the Rockies, beaten, 4-3, and swept by the Red Sox, all the way back. Frozen moment
Down by a run, the Rockies stirred in the third when Kazuo Matsui doubled with one out. Facing two of Colorado's most dangerous hitters, cancer survivor Jon Lester bowed his head and struck out Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday. Big number
10 -- The Rockies, with their high-powered offense, were held to a total of 10 runs in the four games while the Red Sox were racking up 29. Game balls
For a guy who hadn't started a Major League game since Aug. 10, trying to save his team's season, Cook gave a super effort. After David Ortiz's RBI single in the first, Cook got 11 straight outs, eight of them on the ground with command of his sinking fastball. Mike Lowell's leadoff homer in the seventh ended his night, but Cook had kept his team in the game.
After Todd Helton's one-out single in the eighth, Atkins worked the count to 3-1 against Hideki Okajima and lined a homer into the left-field seats to the cut the deficit to one run. It was Atkins' first postseason homer.
Hawpe, leading off the seventh against Manny Delcarmen, lifted a towering blast into the right-field seats, bringing the crowd to life. It was his first postseason homer and third hit in two games.
Sense of October
Leading off of the second inning, Helton fell behind in the count, worked it full and then lashed a ball to left-center, beating the throw to second with a headfirst slide. With one out in the eighth, again hitting with two strikes, Helton went the other way for a single against Okajima. Atkins followed with his blast to left.
3 AB, 1 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 W
Comment: Atkins used his patience to get himself in a 3-1 hitter's count and then unloaded on Okajima for a two-run homer in the eighth that rocked Coors Field. He also walked in the sixth but was stranded.
6 IP, 6 H, 3R, 2 K, 1 HR
Comment: Given his 10-week layoff, Cook's performance exceeded all expectations. He pounded the strike zone, in his custom, and kept the ball on the ground. This was the Aaron Cook who has been one of the finest pitchers in franchise history.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.