The game was practically over in the first inning when former Rockie Matt Holliday crushed the ball for the second longest home run (467 feet) Busch Stadium to give the St. Louis Cardinals an insurmountable 3-0 lead. While Holliday was at the plate, he looked silly swinging over a change up pitch. Then on the next pitch Wilin Rosario called for a fastball in his wheel house. The other two Cardinals runs came as a result of an error and a walk. Holliday reached on an error with two outs and stole second base on the napping Rosario-Jorge De La Rosa battery before scoring on a RBI single by Johnny Peralta in which Rosario called for a fastball outside which allowed Peralta to extend his arms and take the hit the opposite way. A similar scenario happened in the eighth inning when a free pass was issued ahead of Holliday’s single. Again Rosario called for outside fastball which allowed Yadier Molina to extend his arms and take it the opposite way. In summary, two free passes and an error scored three of the Cardinals’ five runs in the game.
Colorado has now scored two runs or less in ten consecutive road games which is tied for the second most in baseball history behind the 1942 Boston Braves’ 11 consecutive games. In the third inning Colorado snapped a 21-inning scoreless streak when Nolan Arenado drove in @Chuck_Nazty with a double off the left field wall. Now Colorado has a new scoreless streak going and it currently stands at six innings. They will play 18 more innings before they return to the friendly confines of Coors Field. That projects out to 24 innings and counting when they return home to face the Dodgers. It is noted that the Rockies lead the NL in offense at home. Inversely, they are the worst offense in the league by far on the road.
Even with the loss tonight, Colorado is still a good four games behind the Texas Rangers in the race for the number one overall draft pick. Actually Arizona has caught the Rockies depending on the outcome of their late game tonight.