TU-LO! 08/11/2009Posted by sportretort in mlb, Sports, Uncategorized.
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Colorado Rockies short stop Troy Tulowitzki hit for the cycle against the Chicago Cubs Monday night. He became the fifth Rockie to
accomplish the feat for the franchise since its inception in 1993. Tulo went 5-5 for the game and collected a career high 7 rbi. The 11-5 victory for the Rockies was their third win in the 4 game series. The victory moved the Rockies 1 game ahead of the San Francisco Giants and into sole possession of first place in the National League Wild Card race. They remain in 2nd place in the NL West, 5 1/2 games behind the LA Dodgers. The loss drops the Cubs to 3 games behind the St Louis Cardinals, winners over Cincinnati 4-1, In the NL Central. The Cubs also trail the Rockies by 3 games in the Wild Card race.
Tulo’s night began with a 2 run home run in the bottom of the
first to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Tulo’s bid for the cycle almost ended in the second inning. Coming to bat with the bases loaded, he took a big swing at the first pitch and drove it deep into the Colorado twilight. The drive landed on the left field concourse after flying high above the left field foul pole. Tulo and the Rockies thought he had just hit a grand slam, but the drive was ruled to be foul. Rockies manager Jim Tracy came out of the dug out to argue, and called for the first replay in Coors Field history. The call was upheld, and Tulo lost his slam, but promptly singled to left , driving in 2 runs. In the forth, Tulo doubled to center, driving in Todd Helton for his fifth rbi of the game. He came to bat in the seventh only a triple short of the cycle. He stroked a 3-2 pitch down the left field line. On most nights that hit would have been a double, but Tulo pressed on and dove head first into third base before Cub 3rd baseman Jake Fox could catch a poor throw and apply the tag. The cycle was his. Tulo added a 2 rbi single to center in the eighth inning. Tulowitzki became only the second player ever in the modern era (post 1903) to hit for a cycle and perform an unassisted triple play, two rare baseball events. John Valentin got the triple play on 7/8/1994 and the cycle on 6/6/1996, both while with the Red Sox. Tulo got his triple play on 4/29/2007.
Rockies notes: Tulo’s home run was his 21st of the season while Clint Barmes hit his 16th in the second inning. Todd Helton singled twice during the game to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa improved his record to 10-8.