2007 National League Division Series

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2007 National League Division Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
Arizona Diamondbacks (3) Bob Melvin 90–72, .556, GA: ½
Chicago Cubs (0) Lou Piniella 85–77, .525, GA: 2
Dates: October 3 – 6
Television: TBS
TV announcers: Dick Stockton, Ron Darling
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Sciambi, Buck Martinez
Umpires: Ed Montague, Sam Holbrook, Greg Gibson, Mike Everitt, Mike Reilly, Mark Carlson
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Colorado Rockies (3) Clint Hurdle 90–73, .552, GB: ½
Philadelphia Phillies (0) Charlie Manuel 89–73, .549, GA: 1
Dates: October 3 – 6
Television: TBS
TV announcers: Don Orsillo, Joe Simpson
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Gary Thorne, Steve Phillips
Umpires: Dale Scott, Jim Reynolds, Chuck Meriwether, Jeff Kellogg, Derryl Cousins, Ed Hickox
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The 2007 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2007 National League playoffs, began on Wednesday, October 3 and ended on Saturday, October 6, with the champions of the three NL divisions and one wild card team participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

Colorado earned the wild card after winning a one-game playoff with San Diego. Although the division winner with the best record normally plays the wild card team, the Diamondbacks played the Cubs, rather than the wild card Rockies, because the league does not pair teams from the same division against each other in the division series.

Both series represented the first time the opponents had met in the postseason, and the Rockies' victory was their first in any postseason series. The Diamondbacks and the Rockies met in the NL Championship Series, with the Rockies becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion in the 2007 World Series. This was the first time under the expanded playoffs format first used in 1995 that two teams from the National League's Western Division had played against one another in the NLCS.


Matchups[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs[edit]

Arizona won the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 3 Chicago Cubs – 1, Arizona Diamondbacks – 3 Chase Field 2:33 48,864[1]
2 October 4 Chicago Cubs – 4, Arizona Diamondbacks – 8 Chase Field 3:44 48,575[2] 
3 October 6 Arizona Diamondbacks – 5, Chicago Cubs – 1 Wrigley Field 3:22 42,157[3]

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies[edit]

Colorado won the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 3 Colorado Rockies – 4, Philadelphia Phillies – 2 Citizens Bank Park 2:52 45,655[4]
2 October 4 Colorado Rockies – 10, Philadelphia Phillies – 5 Citizens Bank Park 3:32 45,991[5] 
3 October 6 Philadelphia Phillies – 1, Colorado Rockies – 2 Coors Field 2:59 50,724[6]

Arizona vs. Chicago[edit]

Game 1, October 3[edit]

Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 X 3 6 1
WP: Brandon Webb (1–0)   LP: Carlos Mármol (0–1)   Sv: José Valverde (1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
ARI: Stephen Drew (1), Mark Reynolds (1)

Eighteen-game winners Carlos Zambrano and Brandon Webb matched each other pitch for pitch in the opening game of the series. Stephen Drew's fourth-inning home run stood as the game's only run until Ryan Theriot's run-scoring single in the sixth tied the game. Unfortunately for Chicago, that would be all their offense as Carlos Mármol would take the loss, allowing a home run to Mark Reynolds and a sacrifice fly to Conor Jackson in relief of Zambrano. José Valverde threw a hitless ninth inning to save the game for Arizona.

Game 2, October 4[edit]

Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 0
Arizona 0 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 X 8 9 1
WP: Doug Davis (1–0)   LP: Ted Lilly (0–1)
Home runs:
CHC: Geovany Soto (1)
ARI: Chris Young (1)

Game 3, October 6[edit]

Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 10 1
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
WP: Liván Hernández (1–0)   LP: Rich Hill (0–1)
Home runs:
ARI: Chris Young (2), Eric Byrnes (1), Stephen Drew (2)
CHC: None

Three solo home runs from Chris Young, Eric Byrnes, and Stephen Drew behind six innings pitched (one run on five hits) from Liván Hernández, and four double plays turned on defense put Game 3 out of reach for the Chicago Cubs who were swept out of the post-season by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Composite box[edit]

2007 NLDS (3–0): Arizona Diamondbacks over Chicago Cubs

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 4 0 4 2 1 2 0 1 16 25 3
Chicago Cubs 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 6 19 0
Total attendance: 139,596   Average attendance: 46,532

Philadelphia vs. Colorado[edit]

Game 1, October 3[edit]

Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 6 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
WP: Jeff Francis (1–0)   LP: Cole Hamels (0–1)   Sv: Manny Corpas (1)
Home runs:
COL: Matt Holliday (1)
PHI: Aaron Rowand (1), Pat Burrell (1)

Seventeen and fifteen-game winners Jeff Francis and Cole Hamels began the 2007 postseason by retiring the side in order. The face of the game quickly changed in the second frame when Todd Helton tripled to center field in his first career postseason plate appearance. RBI hits by Garrett Atkins and Yorvit Torrealba and a bases-loaded walk by rookie Troy Tulowitzki earned the Rockies a three-run lead that was never relinquished. Matt Holliday homered in the eighth inning to provide insurance after consecutive home runs by Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell to lead off the Phillies' half of the fifth. The Phillies wasted an ultimately solid effort from Hamels, who walked four in 6 23 frames but did not allow a hit after the decisive second inning. Manny Corpas picked up the save for Colorado.

Game 2, October 4[edit]

Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 2 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 10 12 1
Philadelphia 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 9 0
WP: Josh Fogg (1–0)   LP: Kyle Kendrick (0–1)   Sv: Manny Corpas (2)
Home runs:
COL: Troy Tulowitzki (1), Matt Holliday (2), Kazuo Matsui (1)
PHI: Jimmy Rollins (1), Ryan Howard (1)

Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday hit consecutive one-out home runs in the first inning off Phillies rookie starter Kyle Kendrick to set the tone for Game 2. The Rockies' runs were quickly answered by virtue of Jimmy Rollins' lead-off home run; Rockies starter Franklin Morales, coming off his own rookie season, would then surrender the lead in the second inning to run-scoring hits from Rollins and catcher Carlos Ruiz. That lead then vanished two innings later when Kaz Matsui hit a two-out grand slam off Phillies reliever Kyle Lohse. Philadelphia loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but Manny Corpas earned a four-out save in stranding all three runners, sealing the Rockies' 10–5 victory. Matsui was a single short of hitting for the cycle.

Game 3, October 6[edit]

Coors Field in Denver, Colorado

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
Colorado 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 X 2 9 0
WP: Brian Fuentes (1–0)   LP: J. C. Romero (0–1)   Sv: Manny Corpas (3)
Home runs:
PHI: Shane Victorino (1)
COL: None

Not even a computer malfunction plunging Coors Field into darkness for fourteen minutes could stop the roll the Rockies had been on since the middle of September. Kazuo Matsui got the Rockies on the board in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI triple, scoring Yorvit Torrealba from first with the game's first run. Shane Victorino broke the Phillies scoring drought with a solo home run to right in the top of the seventh. After being released mid-season by the Red Sox, J. C. Romero became one of the most reliable bullpen arms for the Phillies down the stretch by not giving up a single run in 15 23 innings pitched in September. Unfortunately for Philadelphia in Game 3, Romero faltered and surrendered the go-ahead run by Jeff Baker in the bottom of the eighth. Manny Corpas came on to nail down his third consecutive save in the ninth, sealing the series sweep. The last time Philadelphia was swept in a postseason series is 1976 NLCS, in which Cincinnati beat them, 3–0.

Composite box[edit]

2007 NLDS (3–0): Colorado Rockies over Philadelphia Phillies

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Rockies 2 3 0 4 1 4 0 2 0 16 27 1
Philadelphia Phillies 1 2 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 8 16 0
Total attendance: 142,370   Average attendance: 47,457

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "2007 NLDS - Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "2007 NLDS - Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "2007 NLDS - Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "2007 NLDS - Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "2007 NLDS - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 

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