Helton, Dickerson Lead Rox to 7-6 Win

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.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Thanks for the write-up on this nontelevised game! Wish I could’ve seen this one. You are right — some good fight, since the last couple years when a game goes into extra innings I’ve come to expect defeat. Looking at the box I’m impressed by the number of pitchers. With the notable exception of the usual sucky Oswalt start (yeah, I’m ready to admit that I was wrong on that one, everyone else contributed. Wilton Lopez with 2 innings for… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Some interesting events in that game. I think Dickerson might be earning a starting role. I hope Fowler has some trade value over the off season.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Both Dickerson and Blackmon have done well in their tryouts, and Dickerson’s hitting particularly has been promising. I don’t want to get carried away though. Both have been pretty BABIP lucky: Dickerson .346, Blackmon .348. These things tend to even out — remember Jordan Pacheco: 2012, .344; 2013, .275. Same player, different luck. 2012 guy looked like a promising contributor, 2013 guy looks like a AAA player. Good news is Dickerson is only 24 and if we’re lucky will still… Read more »

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago

If you don’t play regularly it is hard to expect that you will hit 300.

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