Wigginton single gives Rockies first extra-inning win
scored from first on a two-out single in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Colorado Rockies their first extra-inning win and first walkoff win of the season, 3-2 over the Chicago White Sox.
Tulowitzki, who walked with one out in the inning, was running on a 3-2 pitch tofrom White Sox reliever Will Ohman. Wigginton blooped a ball into shallow center that White Sox center fielder Brent Lillebridge was slow to return to the infield. Tulowitzki scored easily when the eventual throw from Lillibridge ended up well short of home.
The win rewarded a stellar performance by the Rockies bullpen, which allowed just three runners in six shutout innings in relief of. , the sixth reliever of the night, picked up his first major-league win after a one-two-three top of the 13th. He was preceded by , , , and , all of whom threw one inning.
Hammel pitched an efficient seven innings and ran into serious trouble in only one. With the game tied 1-1 in the fifth, Hammel allowed a single and a walk — on four pitches to pitcher Gavin Floyd — with one out before a Juan Pierre double put the White Sox up 2-1. After another walk to Brent Morel to load the bases, Hammel got an inning-ending double-play grounder from Carlos Quentin to escape further damage.
Hammel needed 23 pitches to get through the fifth but only 59 for his other six innings. He allowed six hits and walked two in his seven innings and struck out no one. White Sox starter Floyd had a nearly identical pitching line in his six innings. The only difference: Hammel’s first run came on a solo home run by Alexei Ramirez, while the Rockies didn’t homer off Floyd.
Rockies hitters had few chances against the White Sox starter. The Rockies’ first run came with a two-out rally in the fourth.singled, Tulowitzki walked and singled to scored Helton. Smith drove in the Rockies’ second run as well, scoring with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
The Rockies’ win snapped a three-game losing streak and was the first time in five chance they have won in extra innings.