Helton could get 2,000th hit on review

Helton could get 2,000th hit on review

ATLANTA -- Todd Helton has waited 7,253 plate appearances to get his 2,000th career hit. Although he came close in the ninth inning of Monday's 5-1 win over the Braves, he's going to have to wait at least one more day.

With Troy Tulowitzki on first, Helton scorched an 0-1 slider from Atlanta reliever Eric O'Flaherty at shortstop Yunel Escobar. Escobar planted his feet and got in front of the ball, but it shot past his glove into left field.

All eyes turned to the Turner Field press box to wait for word from official scorer Jack Wilkinson. The play was ruled an error, and Helton was stuck on 1,999 hits.

The Rockies requested a meeting with Wilkinson before Tuesday's game to argue their case that the play should be ruled a hit. Any review of the decision could take up to 24 hours.

Before the official scorer's ruling was announced in the ballpark, the ball was tossed into the Rockies' dugout for Helton's trophy case in the event it becomes a piece of history.

"All I can do is hit it," Helton said. "They make the decisions from there. I've never seen that ball called an error before. I guess I should have hit it higher or somewhere else."

Helton wasn't visibly upset by the ruling. The calm veteran knows he will get the hit eventually. His manager, however, was a bit more adamant with his opinion.

Rocky mountain high
Most hits in Colorado Rockies history
Todd Helton1997-present1,999
Larry Walker1995-20041,361
Dante Bichette1993-991,278
Vinny Castilla1993-99, 2004, '061,206
Matt Holliday2004-08848

"You want a hit like that to be clean," Hurdle said. "But that was a smoked ball at the shortstop's feet. He holds his ground, and he either picks it or he doesn't. There's no error there for me. He either picks it and turns a double play, or it gets by him and it's a hit. That's all it is, but we'll move on. It was a poor call by the official scorer."

Hurdle said a team official had a conversation with Wilkinson about his ruling. Although not all that common, Hurdle said questioning or reviewing the decision of an official scorer isn't out of the ordinary.

"For me, it doesn't matter if it's an important hit," Hurdle said. "I do this all the time for players if I think it's appropriate. Nothing might come of it, but I have to take the initiative and support my players."

Adam Rosenberg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.