The Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki had been stuck on 99 home runs since April 14. That was when he hit one in each game of a doubleheader with the Mets that Thursday afternoon. And for the next 17 games, he and Colorado Rockies fans kept anticipating his 100th career home run.
He struck on Friday night against the San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain in the second inning. On the second pitch he sent the ball flying to left field, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead
He passed Garrett Atkins (98) on the Rockies' all-time home run leader list earlier in the season and is now 15 behind Ellis Burks. It's a good bet that he will also pass former Rockies Brad Hawpe this season (118). Unless he goes on a real power surge, Tulowitzki will need to wait until early next season to move ahead of Matt Holliday (128).
When all is said and done in a decade or so, Tulowitzki will likely be No. 1 on the all time Rockies list for home runs. Todd Helton currently sits atop that list with 336. The rest of the top five: Larry Walker (256), Vinny Castilla (239), Dante Bichette (201) and Andres Galarraga (172).