2007 National League Championship Series

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2007 National League Championship Series
2007 NLCS Logo.png
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Colorado Rockies (4) Clint Hurdle 90–73, .552, GB: ½
Arizona Diamondbacks (0) Bob Melvin 90–72, .556, GA: ½
Dates: October 11 – 15
MVP: Matt Holliday (Colorado)
Television: TBS
TV announcers: Chip Caray, Tony Gwynn and Bob Brenly
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell
Umpires: Tim McClelland, Mark Wegner, Larry Vanover, Tom Hallion, Angel Hernandez, Jim Joyce
NLDS: Arizona Diamondbacks over Chicago Cubs (3–0)
  Colorado Rockies over Philadelphia Phillies (3–0)
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2007 World Series

The 2007 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2007 National League playoffs, began on October 11 and ended on October 15. It was a best-of-seven series, with the West Division champion Arizona Diamondbacks facing the wild card Colorado Rockies, also from the West Division. The Rockies swept the series in four games to win their first ever pennant, extending a 17–1 run to 21–1 in the process. The Rockies played the American League champion Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series. Colorado's NLCS sweep was only the second NLCS sweep since the seven-game format was adopted in 1985, with the first being the Atlanta Braves' sweep in 1995.

The Rockies had swept the Philadelphia Phillies in three games in the NL Division Series, while the Diamondbacks had swept the Chicago Cubs. The Diamondbacks had home-field advantage due to winning the division. The series marked the first time the Rockies ever advanced to the NLCS and the second time for the Diamondbacks, in the first postseason matchup between the two teams; the Rockies' only prior postseason appearance was in 1995. It was the first time that two West Division teams had ever met in the NLCS, and only the second to feature expansion franchises (the first being 1986).

The series was telecast on TBS, the first time a League Championship Series was ever shown exclusively on a cable network.

Summary[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies[edit]

Colorado won the series, 4–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 11 Colorado Rockies – 5, Arizona Diamondbacks – 1 Chase Field 3:12 48,142[1]
2 October 12 Colorado Rockies – 3, Arizona Diamondbacks – 2 (11 innings) Chase Field 4:26 48,219[2] 
3 October 14 Arizona Diamondbacks – 1, Colorado Rockies – 4 Coors Field 3:04 50,137[3] 
4 October 15 Arizona Diamondbacks – 4, Colorado Rockies – 6 Coors Field 3:17 50,213[4]

Game summaries[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Thursday, October 11, 2007 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 8 0
Arizona 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1
WP: Jeff Francis (1–0)   LP: Brandon Webb (0–1)

The Rockies took a 1–0 series lead behind a strong 6 23 innings from starter Jeff Francis. Arizona scored first on a first-inning RBI double by Eric Byrnes, but lost the lead two innings later when Colorado right fielder Brad Hawpe hit a two-run single. The Diamondbacks were taken out of a potential rally in the seventh inning when a disputed interference call resulted in a double-play groundout. Chase Field patrons responded by throwing objects onto the playing field, briefly stopping play.

Game 2[edit]

Friday, October 12, 2007 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Colorado 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 1
Arizona 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 1
WP: Manny Corpas (1–0)   LP: José Valverde (0–1)   Sv: Ryan Speier (1)

A well fought game that lasted late into the night for those on the East coast was won on a bases-loaded walk given up by Arizona closer José Valverde to Colorado leadoff man Willy Taveras, who, earlier, had saved the game with a great diving catch in center field.

Game 3[edit]

Sunday, October 14, 2007 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Colorado 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 4 9 0
WP: Josh Fogg (1–0)   LP: Liván Hernández (0–1)   Sv: Manny Corpas (1)
Home runs:
ARI: Mark Reynolds (1)
COL: Matt Holliday (1), Yorvit Torrealba (1)

The Rockies moved to within one win of the World Series for the first time in the history of their franchise by winning Game 3 by a score of 4–1. Matt Holliday gave the Rockies a 1–0 lead in the first with a two-out solo shot off Arizona starter Liván Hernández. But Mark Reynolds tied the game in the fourth with a tape measure shot to left. The decisive blow was delivered in the bottom of the sixth when Yorvit Torrealba battled in an eight-pitch at-bat to drive a three-run homer to left field that sent Coors Field into a frenzy. Memorably, Torrealba pumped his fist in the air while rounding second base. The Rockies now held a 3–0 lead in the series.

Game 4[edit]

Monday, October 15, 2007 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 10 1
Colorado 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 X 6 6 1
WP: Matt Herges (1–0)   LP: Micah Owings (0–1)   Sv: Manny Corpas (2)
Home runs:
ARI: Chris Snyder (1)
COL: Matt Holliday (2)

The Rockies won their first pennant in franchise history with a 6–4 win in Game 4, completing a sweep of the number one seed Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks took an early lead but the Rockies struck back with a six-run fourth inning. Seth Smith's go-ahead two-run bloop double down the left-field line proved to be the decisive blow. But it was NLCS MVP Matt Holliday's three-run homer to deep center that, later, would prove to be the game winner. Chris Snyder made it a ballgame in the eighth with a two-out, three-run homer to left that stayed just fair. Manny Corpas then came on to end the threat with the tying run at the plate. The D'Backs would also threaten in the ninth but Corpas got Eric Byrnes, the center of controversy before Game 3, to hit a check-swing roller to Troy Tulowitzki, who fired to Todd Helton at first to retire the diving Byrnes and send Colorado to the 2007 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. No team had ever swept their way to the World Series since the Division Series began in 1995. Colorado was also the first team to have a 7–0 start to a postseason since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds finished the playoffs 7–0 sweeping both the LCS and World Series.

Composite box[edit]

2007 NLCS (4–0): Colorado Rockies over Arizona Diamondbacks

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Colorado Rockies 1 2 3 6 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 18 30 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 8 36 3
Total attendance: 196,711   Average attendance: 49,178

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 NLCS Game 1 - Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "2007 NLCS Game 2 - Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "2007 NLCS Game 3 - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "2007 NLCS Game 4 - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 

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