I spilled significant ink in regards to last night’s heartbreaking loss that ended with a Todd Helton strikeout. Like many baseball writers before me, I waxed philosophical about how baseball is a cruel game, and yet we love it anyway and that it only makes us love Helton more. Less than 24 hours later, Helton was given another chance…and delivered. Add “unpredictable” to the list of descriptors for this confusing game.
In fewer words here…today it was just that much sweeter that Helton, one game closer to the end, bashed a solo home run in the bottom of the 9th inning today to send the game to extra innings and eventually send the Rockies to a 15th inning walk-off 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Once Helton tied the game up, the Rockies needed to go get this game. They simply had to find a way to outlast one of the best teams in baseball in extra innings to win this game. Somehow, with contributions from a cast that included Wilton Lopez, Drew Pomeranz, Rob Scahill, and eventually Jordan Pacheco at catcher, they did just that. In the end it was a Corey Dickerson double that scored DJ LeMahieu (on a goofy play at the plate), and one of the Toddfather’s final great moments led to a dramatic victory.
Awesome. Just awesome.