National League Division Series schedule
|Wed., Oct. 3||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Sat. Oct. 6||6 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TBS|
|*Sun. Oct. 7||1 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TNT|
|*Tue. Oct. 9||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Wed., Oct. 3||3 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||3 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|Sat. Oct. 6||9:30 p.m.||Coors Field||TBS|
|*Sun. Oct. 7||10 p.m.||Coors Field||TBS|
|*Tue. Oct. 9||6:30 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|* If necessary. All times ET.|
The Rockies' three-run eighth began with a throwing error by third baseman Mark Reynolds after he fielded a grounder from Rookie of the Year candidate Troy Tulowitzki. MVP candidate Matt Holliday singled off the glove of first baseman Robby Hammock, and Todd Helton walked to load the bases. The Rockies took the lead on a bases-loaded single by Atkins and got a bit of breathing room on a bases-loaded double down the left-field line from Hawpe."We had several guys we weren't going to use, and that's just the way it was," Melvin said of the conspicuous absences of late-inning relievers Jose Valverde, Brandon Lyon and Brandon Medders. "Obviously, if we have a full complement in our bullpen, it's probably a little different at the end, but we were a little bit limited and we just had to deal with it." The D-backs fought back in the ninth, with pinch-hitter Augie Ojeda plating a run on a sacrifice fly and Callaspo flaring an RBI single just out of reach of a leaping Kazuo Matsui at second, making it 4-3. Colorado closer Manny Corpas got the final out on Stephen Drew's dribbler toward third. "When the ball was hit, I didn't think he had a chance to make the play," Melvin said of Corpas' glove work and off-balance sidearm throw to first. Ultimately, the series in Colorado worked out ideally for the D-backs, who clinched a playoff spot with Brandon Webb's win on Friday and could take a respite from the relentless pennant race pressure on the final two days of the season. The loss set up a Rockies-Padres Wild Card tie-breaker on Monday. "It was good to be able to come in and get that first win with Webby," Melvin said. "Whether it's close games, whether it's games where they're swinging the bat real well, the Rockies seem to find a way to win games. The streak that they put together is really impressive. You have to tip your cap to them." With Colorado in the rearview mirror, the D-backs can look ahead to starting the playoffs at home on Wednesday against the Cubs. Melvin has a couple days to finalize his playoff roster, and despite Justin Upton suffering a contusion to his left wrist when Jimenez hit him in the first inning, Melvin is optimistic that his right fielder will be ready come Wednesday. "It just got me on the top of the wrist," Upton said. "He was throwing pretty hard, so when I went out in the field and put my glove on and I had a little weight on it, it stiffened up a little. I've been hit plenty of times. We'll just play it by ear." The D-backs expect a full house at Chase Field as they play their first postseason games in five years, and with Chicago in the visiting dugout, the place should be rocking. "Any time you play the Cubs, it's going to be a traveling circus," Melvin said. "A lot of excitement and a lot of Cubs fans. It should be a very exciting series."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.