The Colorado Rockies did it right Sunday afternoon, honoring their longtime first baseball Todd Helton after seventeen-straight seasons with the Rockies. Colorado retired Helton’s jersey prior to game one of a double-header where they went on to take three out of four from the Cincinnati Reds.
Game one was a story of never say never. Colorado trailed the Reds heading into the bottom half of the ninth inning, 9-5 as Cincy elected to bring in their flamethrowing closer, Aroldis Chapman. Chapman struggled mightily, walking four Rockies batters and a run in as the club brought in J.J. Hoover to clean up the mess, down 9-6.
Wilin Rosario pinch-hit for reliever Rex Brothers as he hit a sacrifice-fly to left field, plating Michael McKenry to reduce the lead to two. After Charlie Blackmon lined out, Drew Stubbs came up to face his former team.
The center fielder crushed a hanging breaking ball, walking the Colorado Rockies off 10-9, collecting their 48 victory of the season.
Game two on the other hand featured another comeback. Colorado trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom half of the seventh as the bats awoke at 20th & Blake. Corey Dickerson started the rally with an RBI single to right, scoring Blackmon to cut the deficit to two.
We pick it up in the bottom of the eighth as Michael Cuddyer drilled a 2-RBI double to left field, collecting a cycle — it’s sure great to have Cuddy back. His double put the Rockies ahead 9-5 as Drew Stubbs added another run later in the inning, putting Colorado up 10-5.
All-in-all, it was a good day at the ballpark. The Rockies made the most out of Helton’s jersey retirement, giving the fans two-straight victories.
Colorado returns to action Tuesday night as they take on the Kansas City Royals in a two-game set at Coors Field.