It was just a run-of-the-mill 9-3 game at Coors until a bizarre five-double, thirteen-batter seventh turned it into theater of the absurd. Pity Javier Lopez: 2/3 of an inning, 5 hits, 5 runs. And Kerry Ligtenberg: 1 2/3, 5 hits, 5 runs, a walk, one strikeout, and two homers. Starter Brad Halsey got off relatively light thanks to errors on the part of Troy Glaus and Royce Clayton making half of his eight runs unearned.
Jeff Francis only went five innings (5 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 homer) but would have had to come out after the long 5th or 7th anyway. As for the offense, well, space is limited, but: Barmes 3 for 6 with 2 homers and a double, Matt Holliday 4 for 5 with two doubles, Luis Gonzalez 3 for 6, Garrett Atkins 2 for 3 with a walk and a homer. Jay Witasick and Marcos Carvajal pitched four innings of scoreless garbage time.
I don't know about you, but I love blowouts. They're like the "Three Stooges" shorts of baseball games. The 7th last night was like watching Moe poke Curly in the eyes nine times in a row. Hilarious!