One Night Later, Todd Helton Gets 2,000th Hit

By: AP/11 Sports
By: AP/11 Sports

Todd Helton got his 2,000th hit today, one night after Colorado manager Clint Hurdle thought the slugger should have reached the milestone.

Helton hit a sharp one-hopper past Atlanta shortstop Yunel Escobar in the ninth inning of Monday night's 5-1 Rockies victory, but the play was scored an error on Escobar.

Hurdle disagreed with the ruling and called the press box to request a meeting with official scorer Jack Wilkinson. The two met briefly before tonight's game, but Wilkinson upheld his call even after watching a replay.

Wilkinson declined to comment about the play. A former longtime sports writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he indicated that Major League Baseball officials didn't want him making further comments about his rulings.

Helton finished 0 for 4 with an RBI las night, keeping him at 1,999 hits -- but not for long. He singled to left-center in the third inning today, becoming the 255th player to reach 2,000 hits and second in two nights.

Milwaukee catcher Jason Kendall accomplished the feat last night.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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