June 20, 2012
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Phillies 2B Michael Martinez (far left) celebrates with (left to right) Joe Blanton, John Mayberry Jr and Placido Polanco after his three-run homer in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
Phillies 7, Rockies 6
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (1-2, 2.28)
LP – Rafael Batencourt (1-3, 3.28)
PHIADELPHIA — Twice Rafael Batencourt produced two ground balls but twice his infield failed to get the batters out on them.
Back-to-back infield hits, the second being on a catching error by Todd Helton, resulted in the Phillies 7-6 walk-off win in the 9th inning.
The game was nearly lost in the 9th with Jonathan Papelbon on the hill. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Dexter Fowler that gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead in the 9th inning.
But the Phillies rallied with two outs in the bottom half.
Ty Wigginton singled with two outs to set up Hunter Pence’s RBI double off the wall in the corner of left field. Wigginton was running on the pitch and scored from first to tie the game, 6-6.
With runners on first and second and two outs, Shane Victorino legged out a ground ball up the middle, beating Marco Scutaro’s throw. The next batter, Placido Polanco, hit the ball in the same spot, but this time Helton couldn’t find the bag and Polly was safe, scoring Pence from third.
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May 19, 2011
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Only Todd Helton will know when he'll decline. But for now, he's still on top of his game. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
Stemming from a conversation Tom McCarthy, Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews were having on the Phils broadcast last night, I want to take a little time to talk about a certain Colorado Rockies star who I’ve seen tearing it up in baseball for the past 14 years.
Todd Helton has been an absolute force in baseball. You would think the aging first baseman would lose a step at the beginning of each season but instead would find himself in midseason All-Star discussions and in the top 15 in batting average each season.
In his 15th season in the majors, Helton is hitting .323 with 10 doubles, six homers and 20 RBIs heading into tonight’s game against the Phillies.
Many can attribute those stats to the fact he’s played 50% of his career games in Denver’s Coors Field. The high altitude and thin air have made that park notorious for inflating players’ career numbers, but that shouldn’t be the case for Helton and his path to Cooperstown. Read more of this post