Thunder rolled late Sunday afternoon in LoDo and shook Coors Field to its core.
In the seventh inning of the Rockies' 7-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Todd Helton scorched a 3-2 pitch off reliever Curtis Partch for a double.
It was not just any double. It was the 2500th hit of his big-league career making him just the 96th player in major-league history to touch that milestone. After the deed was done the 40-year-old Helton stood on second base let the cheers from a crowd of 30954 wash over him and then took off his batting helmet to acknowledge the standing ovation.
The victory gave the Rockies a 2-1 series win over the Reds who entered the day as the leader for the National League's final wild-card spot.
It was perfectly fitting that Helton one of the most accomplished hitters of his generation would reach the milestone on a 3-2 pitch and that it would be an opposite-field double down the left-field line. Since he made his rookie debut in 1997 opposite-field doubles have be...