The 2013 Colorado Rockies ended the season with a 2-1 victory with a committee of pitchers. Jeff Francis started what could be his last game of his Rockies career, if not MLB career. He pitched five fine innings and left the game with a 2-1 lead. Roy Oswalt, Zero, Chad Bettis, and Rex Brothers completed the game with four innings of shutout ball giving up two walks, two hits, and seven strikeouts.
Todd Helton ended his career with a bang. He went one for four with a free pass. His final career numbers and ranks: .317 BA – 50th, 592 doubles – 16th, 998 XBHs – 37th, 1,406 RBIs – 62nd, 2519 hits, 1335 BBs – 35th, 4,292 total bases -56th and over 400 HRs. After his final AB, the Los Angeles crowd of 52,000 paid their respects to his fabulous career.
Brothers nearly ruined Helton’s final game with some drama in the ninth inning. He walked the lead off hitter, gave up a hit, and issued another walk to load up the bases with one out. But after a visit from pitching coach Jim Wright, he settled down to strike out the final two batters to end the game.
The offense threw up eleven hits and drew five bases on balls. Yet they only scored two runs. The first run was scored in the first inning when Tulo had a run scoring single to drive in Charlie Blackmon who led off the game with a walk. But the Rockies left the bases loaded and zero outs stranded. The second run scored when Charlie Culberson and Jordan Pacheco got the fourth inning started with base hits. They moved up on Francis’ sac bunt. Blackmon followed with a single.
Colorado ended the season with a 74-88 record. With the victory in the last two games, they won the season series from the Dodgers 10-9. Once again they finished in the basement of the NL West. They have a long to-do list heading into the wintertime.