Sunday afternoon began with legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully paying tribute to Rockies icon Todd Helton. "Todd I know I am a bit presumptuous when I speak for the Dodger organization for all of the fans in Southern California and for that matter all the fans who love baseball to wish you well" Scully said via a video message on the outfield scoreboards. "On behalf of all of those Dodger pitchers who you mistreated for so many years have a wonderful life after baseball." With the stage eloquently set the Rockies and Dodgers played their final game of the regular season. The Rockies won 2-1 holding the Dodgers to just five hits. Colorado finished the season 74-88 and in last place in the National League West. The NL West champion Dodgers (92-70) now head to the postseason where they will play in the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. Helton played the 2247th and final game of his 17-year career. Hitting third he went 1-for-4 rapping out a single to right field in the first inning. The final hit of his career came off of Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu became the 818th different big-league pitcher to give up a hit to Helton who finished his career with 2519 hits and a career batting average of .316. The final at-bat of Helton's career was a letdown. After he recieved a rousing standing ovation from the Dodger Stadium crowd right-hander Kenley Jansen struck him in the ninth inning on a 1-2 94 p.m. cut-fastball.
Rockies win season finale vs. Dodgers, 2-1
Denver Post | Sep 29