|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» August 23, 1989: Rick Dempsey homers off Dennis Martinez in the top of the 22nd inning to break up a scoreless tie and give the Dodgers a 10 win over the Expos. The game features one thumbing -- the umps toss the Expos mascot Youppi in the 11th for annoying Tommy Lasorda -- and he then returns in the 13th wearing pajamas. He carries a pillow and sleeps on the home dugout roof, where the umps have restricted him. In the 16th, Larry Walker apparently scores the game-winner, but the Dodgers appeal -- with two umps in the tunnel -- and get it. Eddie Murray in the 18th moves the 2B ump and slams a drive that Walker makes a phantom catch off the padding in RF. Fans stand for three "seventh-inning stretches" during the major-league record (in time, and for a 10 game) six hours: 14 minute game. Other club records are set and several ML records are noted: most innings (22) without a walk by the Expos tops the Pirates (who used one pitcher) against the Giants, July 17, 1914. |
» July 4, 1992: Montreal OF Larry Walker throws out Padre SS Tony Fernandez at 1B on a 1-hopper to right in the 1st inning of the Expos 32 win over SD. Fred McGriff has a solo home run off starter Chris Nabholtz, with John Wetteland picking up his 1st win of the year.
» September 23, 1992: For the 2nd time in eight days, the Pirates witness a 93 putout; this time it is Montreal RF Larry Walker gunning out Tim Wakefield at 1B in the 6th. It is the 2nd time this season that Walker has thrown out a runner at 1B. Moises Alou, who enters the game as a pinch runner, hits a grand slam in the bottom of the 14th to win it for Montreal, 51.
» May 21, 1996: Larry Walker powers the Rockies to a 1210 win over the Pirates by driving in six runs and scoring 4. Walker connects for two home runs, a triple and a double as Colorado tallies 20 hits. Tomorrow, Walker will get a double, triple, and triple to set a new National League record by getting extra-base hits in six straight plate appearances (i.e., with no intervening bases on balls, hit-by-pitch, or sacrifice bunts). Earlier today, before the double/triple/homer, but not consecutive to them, he had already hit a home run. By doing so, he will tie the major league record for most extra-base hits (seven) in two consecutive games.
» August 15, 1996: Larry Walker, out two months with a broken collarbone, makes his first start for the Rockies, but it doesn't help as they lose for the 10th straight time at Joe Robbie Stadium, 76. The Marlins score three in the 8th to win. Gary Sheffield belts his 34th homer for the Fish.
» April 5, 1997: OF Larry Walker leads Colorado to a 15-3 win over Montreal. Walker strokes four hits, including three home runs, and brings home five runs to pace the Rockies.
» April 30, 1997: In an 115 win over the Cubs, Rockies star Larry Walker hits his 11th homer in April, tying the NL record. Willie Stargell, Mike Schmidt, Gary Sheffield, and Barry Bonds have done it.
» May 29, 1997: In Florida, Rockies' OF Ellis Burks hits a 2-run double to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning and help Colorado beat Florida, 6-5. Colorado trails 4-0 in the 6th, before Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, and Dante Bichette hit consecutive homers off Alex Fernandez.
» June 5, 1997: Larry Walker bangs two homers, including a two-run shot in the 11th inning, as Colorado belts visiting San Diego, 97. Walker has three hits to raise his average to .411 and Colorado has a team-record six double plays to help Steve Reed earn his 1st victory in relief.
» July 19, 1997: The Cubs sweep two from the visiting Rockies, 70 and 65, to hand Colorado its 15th loss in 16 games. Steve Trachsel tosses seven shut out innings in the opener for the win, and the Cubs score the winning run in the nitecap on Mark Grace's sac fly. The Rocks have 13 hits in the nitecap, but strand 14 runners. Larry Walker is 0-for-9 for the afternoon, dropping his average 10 points to .392.
» September 6, 1997: The Rockies split a day-night doubleheader with the Cardinals, losing the 1st game, 10-7, before winning the nitecap, 7-6. In the 1st contest, OF Larry Walker's home run makes his the most prolific Canadian home run hitter of all time with 195 career dingers. In the second game, Colorado's streak of sellouts ends at 203, as an announced crowd of 44,288 views the contest.
» September 16, 1997: In Miami, Florida's Bobby Bonilla fouls off six two-strike pitches before blasting a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Marlins a dramatic 96 win. For Bonilla, it is his 8th career slam. Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, and Vinny Castilla homer for Colorado, which sets an NL record with 223 homers this year.
» November 13, 1997: Larry Walker is named National League MVP.
» September 26, 1998: The hot Giants rip the Rockies, 84, to stay tied with the Cubs for the wild card. Orel Hershiser wins his 11th, despite allowing eight hits in 5+ innings. One of the hits is Larry Walker's 23rd homer, and he adds another two hits to run his average to .362.
» April 28, 1999: The Rockies defeat the Cardinals, 97, as OF Larry Walker hits three home runs and a single, and drives home eight runs for Colorado. The eight ribbies ties a team record.
» May 19, 1999: In a record-setting outing, the Reds outslug the Rockies, 24-12, stroking 28 hits in the process. The 36 runs sets a Coors Field record. Jeffrey Hammonds hits three home runs for Cincinnati, as seven players in the Reds lineup get three or more hits apiece. Teammate Sean Casey hits a pair of 3-run homers to drive in six runs and reaches base in all seven plate appearances, tying a 20th century record. The 36 runs scored in the contest is the 3rd-highest total in the major leagues since the turn of the century, while the 81 total bases sets a new major league standard. OF Mike Cameron ties a major league mark with eight plate appearances in a 9-inning game. With 28 hits, the Reds tie a mark originally set on May 13, 1902 and tie the NL record with seven players with 3+ hits, Pirates , June 12, 1928, and Reds, August 3, 1989). The Rockies became the 1st team to score 12+ runs in a game and lose by 12+ runs in the same game since the Giants beat the Reds, 25-13 in 1901. Larry Walker extends his hitting streak to 20 games and raises his average to .431.
» July 27, 2000: The Dodgers outslug the Rockies, 16-11, despite OF Larry Walker scoring five runs for Colorado, while going 4-for-4.
» April 4, 2001: Todd Helton and Larry Walker each drive home four runs to back Denny Neagle's five inning, 3-run effort. The Rockies beat the Cards, 139, scoring 10 earned runs off Benes in 2.2 innings. Jim Edmonds hits a pair of homers, both upper deck shots, a first at Coors.
» April 22, 2001: Colorado's Pedro Astacio throws a brilliant game against the Snakes in Arizona, winning, 21. They hit him two times, and he hits them four times, tying a major-league record for HBP in a game. The last to do so was Orel Hershiser on April 19, 2000. Pedro is lifted in the 9th after hitting his 4th batter and allowing a single. Larry Walker has a solo home run to back Astacio's 50th career win with the Rocks, the first franchise pitcher to reach that level.
» September 24, 2001: Larry Walker is 4-for-4 with two homers to pace the Rockies to a 1511 win over the Padres. Todd Helton hits his 44th and drives in 4, and Juan Uribe has four hits, as the Rockies score in all eight innings they go to bat. The Pads Rickey Henderson is 4-for-5 with three runs scored, leaving him three shy of Ty Cobb's runs record.
» October 2, 2001: Randy Johnson (216) strikes out six batters in seven innings in the Diamondbacks 101 win over Colorado. Arizona stays two games ahead of SF with Johnson's 200th career victory. The six K's give Johnson a season total of 372, and leaves Nolan Ryan's modern day single season record of 383, set in 1973, safe. Johnson also hits Larry Walker with a pitch, giving him 18 HBPs for the year. Mike Hampton (1413) retaliates by plunking Johnson, upsetting the D'Back's bench. Luis Gonzalez hits his 57th home run for Arizona.
» October 7, 2001: Rickey Henderson gets the 3,000th hit of his career, a leadoff bloop double, as the Padres lose to the Rockies, 14-5. Ricky then leaves the game. The game is the final one of Tony Gwynn's career. Gwynn pinch hits in the 9th and grounds out, then walks around the field shaking hands with hometown fans. Larry Walker, who sits, wins his third NL batting title in three years at .350. Walker and Rockies teammate Todd Helton (.336) become the first teammates to finish 1-2 since John Olerud (.363), Paul Molitor (.332) and Roberto Alomar (.326) were the top three for Toronto in 1993.
» November 22, 2002: A DiamondbacksRockies trade falls apart when Matt Williams chooses to remain in Arizona, so he wouldn't have to move his children. Larry Walker also wouldn't agree to the Diamondbacks' desire to defer some of his salary.