Rockies’ Todd Helton doubles for 2,500th career hit
DENVER — Todd Helton has spent much of his career sending balls down the left-field line at spacious Coors Field. It was only fitting, then, that he reached a major milestone the same way.
Helton doubled for his 2,500th career hit, Michael Cuddyer homered among his four hits and the Colorado Rockies overcame the loss of starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on Sunday.
Chatwood, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, left in the third with a bruised right thumb after he tried to catch Leake’s line drive up the middle with his bare hand.
Helton became the 96th player in major-league history to reach 2,500 hits, and it came after a tough couple of days.
“Every at-bat felt like it was getting longer and longer,” Helton said. “I was getting a little concerned because I definitely wanted to get 2,500 here at home in front of the home crowd.”
Helton worked the count full against Partch before lacing a 96 mph fastball down the left-field line. He just beat the throw to second for his 584th career double.
“A line-hugger that barely stayed fair, on a 3-2 count. That’s what’s kept me in the league this long,” Helton said. “That’s my bread and butter, to go the other way, especially with two strikes. To do it on the 2,500th is very fitting.”
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