Todd Helton thought for sure this was his moment, another memorable swing to add to his legacy.
Bases loaded. Two outs. Last inning.
Over his 17-year career, the Colorado Rockies first baseman has thrived in these types of situations.
Just not this time.
Helton struck out on a fastball from St. Louis closer Edward Mujica to end the game as the Cardinals held off the Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday night to expand their lead in the NL Central.
''The moment was great,'' said Helton, who will retire at the end of the season. ''You couldn't have asked for a better moment. You could've asked for a lot better result.''
The fans were on their feet in anticipation of something big happening from Helton. Even Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright thought things were setting up too perfectly for it to be anything but the stage for Helton's heroics.
''When we load the bases there, as much faith as I have in Mujica, you hear, `Now coming up to the plate, Todd Helton,' and you go, `Oh, man,...