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Rockies lose to Milwaukee Brewers on walkoff home run in 11th

 Rockies lose to Milwaukee Brewers on walkoff home run in 11th

MILWAUKEE — on a night when they were officially eliminated from playoff competition, the Rockies looked every bit the part of also-rans.

They had moments of brilliance and flashes of greatness Tuesday, but, when the game was there to be won, they couldn’t find a way. In the end, they lost another one-run game, this time 2-1 to the Brewers in 11 innings.

“We played a great ballgame,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “What it boils down to is a timely hit somewhere as the game unfolded. we couldn’t get that hit.”

So what else is new? The game was a snapshot of the Rockies’ season, which is to say, their shortcomings. They had chance after chance, but came up with only one hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Finally, Ryan Braun stepped up to lead off the bottom of the 11th and, after a back-and-forth full-count battle with Matt Lindstrom, hit a solo home run to win it for the Brewers. No surprise there. Braun is a strong MVP candidate and the Brewers, more often than not, find a way to win close games.

Milwaukee is 30-17 in one-run games. The Rockies? They’re 21-25 and 3-8 in extras.

“You fall behind a great hitter like that and eventually you’re going to pay the price,” Lindstrom said. “It’s been tough. our guys are battling hard. It was one of those nights.”

It wasn’t just any night. The Rockies were officially eliminated from playoff competition, having gone into the game with a tragic number of two. They were hanging by a thread after the Braves won earlier in the night before meeting their inevitable fate.

Not that it was an emotional moment for the Rockies. They’ve been spinning their wheels since May, when they finished 8-21. By August, elimination had reached the ranks of mere formality.

Tracy’s reaction to being eliminated?

“We’ll be back (today) to play them again.”

At this late juncture, it’s probably too late for the Rockies to play the role of spoiler. So they’re left to look at some kids and bide their time until next season. make no doubt, though, they’ll play hard. to Tracy, it’s all about the game’s unwritten rules.

“You embrace the respect and integrity that you hold for the game,” Tracy said. “If we’re going to get beat, then you know what? You’re going to go out there and beat our best guys. It’s that simple. We’re going out there to win.”

How are the Rockies approaching things down the stretch? Look no further than Troy Tulowitzki, who started a brilliant double play in the fourth despite soreness in his left hip that later forced him out of the game.

Esmil Rogers appeared to be mismatched against Zack Greinke, who was 10-0 with a 2.96 ERA at Miller Park, but it was Rogers who stepped up. Rogers, trying to prove he deserves a shot at the 2012 rotation, pitched five shutout innings before Prince Fielder’s solo homer in the sixth.

“I’m not even thinking about that,” said Rogers, when asked if he felt he had made a statement. “Right now, all we can do is finish strong.”

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Looking ahead

WEDNESDAY: Rockies at Brewers, 6:10 p.m., Root

Kevin Millwood (2-2, 3.79 ERA) has been arguably the Rockies’ steadiest starter since he joined the team in early August. not bad for a guy who had packed up his truck and was ready to retire. Millwood has allowed more than his share of home runs — seven in 38 innings — but he has been exceptionally good on the road, where he has compiled a 2.33 ERA in three starts. Shaun Marcum (12-6, 3.25) is your basic bulldog who eats innings despite a post-Tommy John fastball that seldom if ever exceeds 90 mph. how does he do it? With a downward-sinking curveball and one of the game’s best changeups. Quirky stat watch: Marcum is 5-3, 4.15 at Miller Park, 7-3, 2.31 on the road. Jim Armstrong, The Denver Post

Upcoming pitching matchups

Thursday: Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong (10-7, 2.66 ERA) at Rockies’ Jhoulys Chacin (11-11, 3.64), 6:40 p.m., Root

Friday: Giants’ Madison Bumgarner (11-12, 3.33) at Rockies’ Alex White (3-1, 6.32), 6:10 p.m., Root

Saturday: Giants’ Eric Surkamp (2-0, 3.24) at Rockies’ Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 0.00), 6:10 p.m., Root

Sunday: Giants’ Matt Cain (11-10, 2.79) at Rockies’ Esmil Rogers (6-5, 5.88), 1:10 p.m., Root

Rockies lose to Milwaukee Brewers on walkoff home run in 11th

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