Todd Helton had only one thing on his mind today and that was to inflict revenge on the Cardinals. It started innocently enough in the top of the first inning with Matt Carpenter standing on first base with two outs. After the throw to first from Roy Oswalt, Helton observed that Carpenter stepped off the bag to dust off his uniform. On the next reception from Oswalt, he faked throwing back to the pitcher. Carpenter again stepped off the bag and he was tagged for the final out.
Colorado jumped to a 4-0 lead with the aid of Tulo’s two-run homer to dead center. St. Louis naturally got back into the game with their RISP skill set. The score was 4-4 going into the eighth inning when the see saw battle began. The Cards scored a run in the top of the eighth, but Corey Dickerson had a RBI triple with two outs and two strikes on him to even the score. The Redbirds once again scored another run in the top of the ninth off Rex Brothers. Edward Mujica came on to close out the game. The only problem was the lead off hitter was none other than Helton who remembered striking out with the bases loaded to end the game the previous night. On the second pitch, he blasted that white sphere into the Rockies bullpen to even the score again. It was Mujica’s only third blown save of the season.
Fast forward to the 15th inning. Dickerson had another run-scoring triple to finally put away the Cardinals. With Pittsburgh’s victory, the Cards’ lead in Central dwindled to one game. The Rockies under manager Walt Weiss are showing some fight unlike the last few Septembers. They split the series 2-2 and was a Helton swing away from a 3-1 series win. Colorado’s record improved to 70-84. They are just a couple of wins away from beating the Las Vegas odds and collecting their paychecks from EdtheUmp.
Arizona visits Coors Field for a three-game set this weekend. Tonight the Dodgers knocked the Snakes out of the post season picture.