For awhile, as the night and a victory seemed to slip and slide out of their hands like a slick wet baseball, it seemed as though maybe the Rockies forgot that a game still counts after a rain delay. But after showing some brief signs of life in a one run eighth, at the last possible moment in the bottom of the ninth, Todd Helton powered a two out, game winning walk-off homerun off of Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz in to give the Rockies a thrilling 8-7 victory on Saturday night and lifted them back to .500.
Helton broke a streak of 28 straight saves recorded by Putz, and gave the Rockies their first two game winning streak of the 2012 season with his home run.
While the Rockies weren't perfect after four innings when rain caused an hour long interruption in the game, they did hold a 5-1 lead at home over the Diamondbacks and seemed in decent position to pick up their first series win of the season. Instead, Arizona came out of the break hammering, with a three run homer by Miguel Montero in the fifth starting the rally, while the Rockies came out lacking defensive polish and composure, ultimately allowing Arizona to add six runs to take a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom eighth inning.
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Troy Tulowitzki had two throwing errors, Jhoulys Chacin one, and other defensive miscues and generally sloppy play also contributed to the meltdown. The Rockies bullpen, which had been on a good run heading into tonight's game, suffered through a correction by allowing seven runs to score. There's plenty to be disappointed about with this game, from management decisions to the particularly shoddy play of the left side of the infield (Tulowitzki and Jordan Pacheco,) however. I'm just going to gloss over those aspects myself tonight because I'm not in a mood to remind myself how awful the team looked.
Instead, since we came out with a win, I'll focus on the good parts and hope the rest is the only part that gets erased from my memory when the dystopian global government of the future takes over with their pharmaceutical mind controllers. While it was cut short, Chacin seemed to have a fairly solid start compared to his recent work. With three walks and four hits allowed, he's still working with too many baserunners, but he was working ahead in the count a lot more frequently and had relatively few mistake pitches.
New additions Michael Cuddyer, Ramon Hernandez and Tyler Colvin were all key contributors offensively for the Rockies. Colvin and Hernandez hit back to back HR's to get the Rockies scoring started with a three run second, while Cuddyer had three of the Rockies nine hits. Colvin was the only other Colorado player with more than one hit, and scored the run by the Rockies eighth on an Eric Young Jr. double to cut the lead to one.
After Tyler Chatwood was finally able to stop the bleeding in the top of the ninth (the Diamondbacks had scored in each of the previous four innings,) Putz hit Marco Scutaro with a pitch, got Jason Giambi out on a pop fly and Tulowitzki out on a strikeout to set up Helton's heroic blast.