In the 9th inning tonight, it was like someone pulled a bottle of 2000 Vintage Todd Helton out from the wine cellar, dusted it off, and uncorked it. The result was an 11-pitch at-bat which frustrated Brandon League before Helton smashed a monstrous home run to deep right field. These are the moments that I hope we will remember Helton's farewell tour by.
Unfortunately, it was a moment that was shrouded by a pretty unfortunate game, as the Rockies pitching gave the Dodgers their 10th win in the month of May. Once again, Jon Garland was ineffective, taking 5 innings to go through 93 pitches, and allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. And while Scahill, Lopez, and Outman each delivered good pitching performances, Rafael Betancourt allowed two runs to score on three singles, and ultimately the Rockies fell in a pretty painful way to a struggling team.
The Rockies offense had a difficult time against Clayton Kershaw, who retired the first 10 batters he faced before allowing a single to Dexter Fowler in the bottom of the fourth. He delivered his 9th quality start of the year, and helped his own cause with a 2 RBI double in the 4th inning.
If this game has you down, just go here and watch that video over and over, and remind yourself that Todd Helton is still a Rockie.
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