Rockies Vault: Always back up bases, kids

June 10th, 2021

MLB.com is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

May 21, 2018: Heads-up play by Wolters
The Rockies were clinging to a one-run lead at Dodger Stadium when Matt Kemp beat out an infield bouncer, and shortstop Trevor Story's throw bounced past first baseman Ian Desmond. But remember all those times when the catcher runs to back up first base, only to have nothing happen? This time Tony Wolters alertly picked the ball up and tossed to Desmond, who tagged Kemp to end the game.

Aug. 20, 2000: Catcher Mayne, winning pitcher
The Rockies had used nine pitchers in the first 11 innings as their game against the Braves ran well into the night. The Rockies were even without their manager, Buddy Bell, who was ejected in the 11th -- along with the last available pitcher, John Wasdin, for hitting Andres Galarraga and touching off a fight. Well, Mayne gave up a hit and a walk and uncorked a wild pitch. But he forced a Chipper Jones groundout to end the 12th. And Adam Melhuse's game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th made Mayne the first position player to be credited with a win since Rocky Colavito in 1968, and the last to do so until Wilson Valdez in 2011.

Sept. 19, 2013: Helton's hidden-ball trick
Hidden-ball tricks at the Major League level are rare, but Rockies first baseman Todd Helton decided to try one in his 17th and final season. After a pickoff attempt, Helton faked a throw back to pitcher Roy Oswalt and tagged the unsuspecting Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals, who had wandered off the bag to brush his uniform. The play ended the first inning. Helton also homered in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, and the Rockies won, 7-6, in 15.

June 14, 2014: Barnes' game-winning inside-the-park HR
A little more than a week earlier, speedy outfielder Brandon Barnes notched an inside-the-park homer at Coors Field. This time, his speedy, two-run trip around the bases provided the difference in a 5-4 win at San Francisco.