Todd Helton chose the perfect time for his first home run of the season. Two outs, bottom of rain-soaked ninth, Scutaro on first after being drilled in the shoulder by an errant pitch and Helton gets a hold of a fastball and deposits it in the right field seats, ending one of the craziest games ever played at Coors Field.
For those that stuck around after the 1:11 rain delay, one that saw the Rockies take shelter with a 5-1 lead after four, the hope of a win was all but crushed. The Rockies came out with a comfortable lead, only to watch as the Diamondbacks took control of the game that turned into an error-fest by Colorado. Tulo made two errors in the sixth, the pitching melted down and sloppy play continued to be the theme of the season.
Down 7-5 in the 8th and with the fans getting restless, Eric Young hit a run scoring double to breathe a little life into the crowd. But it was Marco Scutaro’s actions after getting hit by the pitch in the ninth that really seemed to fire up the team. On a knock-down fastball that, luckily hit his shoulder and not his head, Scutaro jumped up and yelled, “come on!” at the dugout as he sprinted to first. The rally call seemed to be all but wasted, as Giambi popped out and Tulo struck out, setting up a depressing end to a game of wasted chances.
Then Todd Helton came to the plate, watched the first ball, fouled off the second and then crushed the third pitch over the right field scoreboard into the hands of the few fans left. His home run trot was a thing of beauty and his meeting at home plate brought chills, as the Rockies increased their walk-off total for the season to a nice respectable 1!!!