When Todd Helton blasted career home run No. 300 on Sunday against the Florida Marlins, the sparse crowd of 19,161 roared until he emerged from the dugout to deliver an aw-shucks curtain call. Little did Helton know that two days later, his second curtain call would be even more significant. The 34-year-old first baseman launched a ninth-inning, two-out, two-strike hanging slider from Dodgers closer Takashi Saito into the right-field seats to cap an improbable 9-8 Rockies victory and complete a doubleheader sweep. Los Angeles had led 8-5 going into the bottom of the 8th inning and looked poised to capture a split after dropping the opener 3-1. Ryan Spilborghs narrowed the gap to 8-7, when he homered to center off Los Angeles’ ace set-up man Jon Broxton in the 8th after the leadoff man singled. Helton sealed the deal with his two-run walkoff round tripper. “It was an amazing win for us,” Helton said. “I have never felt like that before. Ever.” So elated was the normally reserved Helton that he dove head first into a jubilant mosh pit at home plate. With 11 games left in the regular season, the Rockies, along with the Dodgers, trail the San Diego Padres by 4 1/2 games in the National League wild-card race. Philadelphia remains in second, 1 1/2 games behind the Padres. The odds are long, but if Colorado can maintain the momentum of last night’s miraculous victory, anything is possible. No need to get into all the possibilities. After dropping two of three to the lowly Marlins over the weekend, the Rox mission is to just keep winning. Nothing has been reported yet on any shenanigans regarding the Humidor. It should be noted that Colorado has hit nine home runs in the first five games of the home stand, though. Also noteworthy: Dinger did bear a mischievous and smug demeanor last night. Hmmm.
No. 300 Was Sweet, But 301 Was Devine
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