2,500

Despite Colorado’s Sunday lineup, they held off the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 to win another series. The big blow came when D.J. LeMahieu had a 2-run double in the fifth inning to chase Mike Leake. They added two more in the inning to make it a 6-2 score. Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers each gave up a run sandwiched around Money’s solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-4 final.

After the Rockies jumped ahead 2-0, starter Tyler Chatwood made a boneheaded attempt to catch a liner off Leake leading off the second inning spraining his thumb. After stubbornly convincing the training staff that he was ok, he promptly gave up a game-tying homer to Shin-Soo Choo. Then he put the next two batters on via walks. Manager Walt Weiss said that was enough and called Zero to put out the fire with two on and no outs. Boy did he ever by going three innings without giving up a run. Wilton Lopez followed by giving up three hits in 2/3 inning pitched in the 6th inning. Josh Outman did his job getting the third out and throwing another inning to get the ball to the Belisle/Brothers combo. All of the Rockies pitchers made the pitches at the critical junctures of the game. The Reds banged out 15 hits but only pushed four across the plate. Nolan Arenado made a couple of inning-ending plays to aid the pitchers.

It was a good day for Todd Helton to get his 2,500th hit when he lined a double down the left field line. He uncharacteristically doffed his helmet and thanked the crowd of 31,000 fans.

Colorado welcomes the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three game series tomorrow at 2:10 pm MT. Arenado and the Dweeb will make their cases for Gold Glove and Rookie of the Year, respectively when they face each other on the field.

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Bill
Bill
7 years ago

RMH – Virtually every pitcher I’ve ever seen would do exactly what Chatwood did. They stick their hand out, whether wearing a globe or not. Just a natural reaction to catch the ball. I’ve seen it happen hundreds of times.

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

Well, is everybody on vacation? Or simply uninterested in the tail end of a brilliant career? I’ll say it – nice double, Todd.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

I’ve been a huge supporter of number 17 against the detractors here all year.At 67 I realize that getting old should not be a reason for “dissing”a person in any walk of life.Todd seems to be embracing the idea of going out with a bang,or at least not a whimper.Compare the Toddfathers stats for the year to the often lamented Seth Smith’s,who at a decade younger has inferior numbers and no defense compared to the old man.TV[CH.4],says only ONE other… Read more »

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

Todd is definitely HOF worthy. Do you know of a better defensive first baseman? He’s still making scoops that make Arenado and Tulo look better because they can take chances on marginal throws, knowing that at worst they’ll just pull Todd off the bag. More often it’s an out after a seemingly easy scoop at ground level or a wicked bounce that lands safely in his glove. Add in the tenacious hitting. I remember a game in 2007 I think,… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Lost in the well-deserved commotion over Helton’s 2500th hit: the Rockies won their 65th game. That’s one more than they won all of last year. It’ll still annoy the hell out of me when the Monforts proclaim Victory through Progress, but it is kind of an improvement, right?

jimboelrod
jimboelrod
7 years ago

Just a thought on Todd’s 2500th hit…I thought he was out at 2nd and it would seem Brandon Phillips did also. I give kudos to the Phillips as it looked like he wanted to argue and then realized the significance of the moment and decided not to argue the call. Credit where credit is due for class.

Thanks #17 for many great memories (especially the walkoff against the Dodgers to kick start Rocktober!)!

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  jimboelrod

Jimboelrod, i was JUST talking to someone about that – that BP was going to argue the call and then it hit him what was happening and he just smiled and patted Todd on the shoulder. I thought he was out as well, but you will notice that it wasn’t slowed do to show it -just shots of Todd being gracious and tipping his cap. Man i love that guy and really am happy for him. Shame on ESPN for… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  jimboelrod

One other observation – so, i was at the Rockies Youth Camp with my son and Keith Dugger took us on a tour underground. We were able to go everywhere (locker room, gym, etc.) and he told us he was taking us to a place that only one other group had been in the past 20 years – back to his “office”, which has the hot/cold tubs, tables, x-ray machines, etc. So, he pointed to the cold tub and said,… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Ha! Great story, Jared.

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Thanks RnS – it was an amazing time and i have wanted to post about the whole experience, pics and all, but as many have noticed my life has taken a major turn for the insanely busy and i haven’t been able to devote as much time to writing on the site as i’ve wanted to…it really bums me out because i feel the site has suffered because of my high stress levels with work, side work and family… But,… Read more »

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  jimboelrod

I watched the replay on the Rox’ website and he looks out to me. Classy for Phillips to let it go.

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