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Colorado's Carroll clubs pinch-hit grand slam in rout of Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Jamey Carroll has struggled this year to find the groove he had in 2006.

At least for one swing, he captured again Saturday night.

Carroll hit a pinch-hit grand slam to break open a tie game in the sixth and Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki each drove in three runs to lead the Colorado Rockies past the Chicago Cubs 15-2 Saturday night.

"I feel like I've been hitting the ball well lately and having good at-bats," said Carroll, who has raised his average 53 points to .232 in his last 23 games. "I don't look at is as anything that's going to springboard me. I was just fortunate to get a big hit."

Carroll hit a career-high .300 last season as the Rockies regular second baseman. This year, he started slow in his utility role, but he has come on, hitting .319 since his average fell to .179.

"He had his finest season," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's only human nature you want to back it up with another one. So, you put a little more pressure on yourself."

Carroll, who's only other home run this season also came against the Cubs, hit Rich Hill's 1-2 pitch just over the left field wall for his ninth career homer, first grand slam and the sixth grand slam of the season for Colorado, a team record. Carroll finished with a career-high five RBI.

"All of a sudden, we just took off from there," Carroll said. "You're definitely satisfied with that."

The Cubs fell 1½ games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central, and the Rockies moved to within two games of San Diego in the NL wild-card race.

Carroll's home run came after the Rockies loaded the bases on singles by Ryan Spilborghs and Yorvit Torrealba and a hit by pitch. Rookie Ian Stewart, making his first Major League start, was hit in the head by Hill. Stewart stayed in to run, but was replaced in the field the next inning. He said he was fine after the game.

Kaz Matsui singled to chase Hill (6-7) and after a stolen base Tulowitzki singled off of reliever Michael Wuertz for another run.

"The grand slam, that's just something that you deal with and move on," Hill said.

Hill gave up seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, tying his career high in runs allowed.

"It was a good game for about five innings, then it got away," Cubs manager Lou Pinella said. "Colorado can swing the bats. Tonight, for the last third of the ballgame, they did."

The Rockies scored four more runs in the seventh on Hawpe's two-run homer -- his 21st of the season -- and Tulowitzki's two-run single. Tulowitzki went 4-for-5. Matsui was 3-for-6 and Torrealba scored three runs.

Colorado had a second four-run inning in the eighth, highlighted by Hawpe's RBI triple.

Colorado starter Josh Fogg (7-7) pitched six innings, surviving a rough first in which he threw 37 pitches and gave up a run on a bases loaded walk to Mike Fontenot.

"He didn't let the game get away from him and he didn't get frustrated," Hurdle said about Fogg.

Spilborghs' two-out single to right field tied the score in the first, and Matsui's RBI double in the second inning scored Torrealba from first base to give the Rockies the lead. The Cubs tied it in the fourth on Hill's two-out RBI single.

Notes

  • The first 13 runs of the game were scored with two outs.
  • Garrett Atkins, the Rockies everyday 3B, made his first start of the year at first base in place of Todd Helton, who is out with back spasms.
  • The Cubs are 38-25 since June 3, the only NL Central team with a winning record in that span.
  • The last Colorado pinch-hit grand slam was by Mark Sweeney against San Francisco on Sept. 7, 2004, at Coors Field.
  • Following the game, the Rockies optioned RHP Ryan Speier to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled RHP Tim Harikkala, who will start Sunday against the Cubs.
 
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Jamey Carroll drills his first career granny, a record sixth grand slam for the Rockies this season. (AP)
Jamey Carroll drills his first career granny, a record sixth grand slam for the Rockies this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Fogg
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 3
Colorado

J. Carroll
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS5020012 .286
Jacque Jones, RF4010100 .266
Derrek Lee, 1B4110111 .315
Matt Murton, LF3000103 .270
Mark DeRosa, 3B4010000 .286
Mike Fontenot, 2B3001100 .293
Jason Kendall, C4110003 .242
Felix Pie, CF4020020 .222
Rich Hill, P2011000 .136
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   a- Ronny Cedeno, PH1000000 .125
    Sean Gallagher, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Patterson, PH1000000 .200
Totals3529244  
a-grounded out for Wuertz in the 7th
b-grounded out for Eyre in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Mike Fontenot (27), Rich Hill (4)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Fontenot (11), Rich Hill (2)
SB - Ryan Theriot (21, 3rd base off Affeldt/Torrealba), Jacque Jones (4, 2nd base off Affeldt/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Ryan Theriot (7, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Rich Hill (L,6-7) 5.2977241 3.85
Michael Wuertz 0.1100000 3.52
Sean Gallagher 0.2344301 7.82
Scott Eyre 1.1342010 5.73
HBP - Stewart (by Rich Hill)
WP - Scott Eyre (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Hill 89-59, Michael Wuertz 5-3, Sean Gallagher 38-20, Scott Eyre 27-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Hill 6-6, Scott Eyre 2-2
Batters Faced - Rich Hill 28, Michael Wuertz 2, Sean Gallagher 8, Scott Eyre 8
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B6131000 .307
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5143001 .285
Matt Holliday, LF4010123 .338
Garrett Atkins, 1B5000002 .279
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4321101 .338
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF5223034 .292
Yorvit Torrealba, C3421200 .281
Ian Stewart, 3B2100001 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   a- Willy Taveras, PH1000001 .311
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Clint Barmes, PH-CF1110000 .130
Josh Fogg, P2000001 .128
   c- Jamey Carroll, PH-3B2215100 .232
Totals4015161455  
a-fouled out for Julio in the 7th
b-doubled for Hawkins in the 8th
c-homered for Fogg in the 6th
Batting
2B - Kaz Matsui (15, Hill), Clint Barmes (2, Eyre)
3B - Brad Hawpe (3, Eyre)
HR - Brad Hawpe (21, Gallagher), Jamey Carroll (2, Hill)
RBI - Kaz Matsui (28), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (58), Ryan Spilborghs (43), Brad Hawpe 3 (77), Yorvit Torrealba (33), Jamey Carroll 5 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Kaz Matsui (15), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (15), Ryan Spilborghs (15), Jamey Carroll 4 (11)
SB - Kaz Matsui (22, 2nd base off Wuertz/Kendall)
CS - Troy Tulowitzki (4, 2nd base by Hill/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Matsui-Atkins
Colorado Rockies
Josh Fogg (W,7-7) 6522230 4.64
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2200110 2.53
Jorge Julio (H,11) 0.1000000 4.97
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 3.65
Ryan Speier 1200100 7.11
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 88-56, Jeremy Affeldt 20-12, Jorge Julio 4-3, LaTroy Hawkins 13-9, Ryan Speier 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 6-9, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Jorge Julio 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Ryan Speier 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 25, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Jorge Julio 1, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Ryan Speier 5
Game Information
Attendance - 48095
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Bill Miller