Rookie catcher Wilin Rosario hit his 18th homer.
|Todd Helton still driving to 2,500 hits|
Todd Helton doubled and now has 2,418 hits. Getting to 3,000 hits, not going to happen but 2,500 is a possibility if Helton doesn't retire after the season. Helton's current season total of 55 hits is his lowest since his rookie season back in 1997 (26 hits in 35 games). If the Rockies' first baseman can grind out another 30 hits, which is not a given, then even if he is a backup and pinch-hitter, he could reach 2,500 next season, a nice round number to end his career.
If Helton gets to that number he will pass such names as Fred McGriff, Frank Thomas, Jeff Kent, Ozzie Smith, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans and Mark Grace on the all-time hits' list.
Rockies' Prospects Spotlight
Wheeler's teammate, Edwar Cabrera, threw four shutout innings on Friday to lower his ERA to 3.41 in six starts at Colorado Springs. He has but two quality starts since being promoted from Double-A. He's working to find answers to the higher level of play.
Outfielder Corey Dickerson is hitting .314 on the season between his time at both High-A and Double-A. He has an impressive 38 doubles but only 16 homers after clubbing .32 a year ago at Low-A Asheville.
And as impressive as those two hitters have been, a name that is getting equally hot as a prospect is Eddie Butler, who spun six shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 2.31.
He has a 31/4 strikeout-to-base-on-balls rate in 39 innings and has surrendered just one home run. His ERA at home? How about 0.48.