Cards Crush Colorado

Bats were out straight from the start as the St Louis Cardinals sent the Rockies to their fourth straight loss 11-6, the sixth at home, scoring 4 against Colorado starter Jeff Francis before he was able to record an out.  Francis hit Cards lead-off man Daniel Descalso with his fourth pitch of the game on a 1-2 count, inviting trouble.  Allen Craig followed with a single, Descalso to third, then former Rockie Matt Holiday doubled-off the center-field wall, driving the two home for a 2-0 St Louis lead.  Left-fielder Carlos Beltran stepped-up next and drove Francis’ first pitch half-way up the bench-seats in left-field.  The left-hander finally got an out when David Freese grounded to third, then after a Yadier Molina single, Jon Jay grounded to Colorado second-baseman DJ LeMahieu, who started a 4-6-3 double play.

The Rockies come right-back against St Louis starter Kyle Lohse, Eric Young Jr doubling to open things-up for Colorado, moving to third on a Josh Rutledge ground-out, then scoring when Carlos Gonzalez blooped one-in in front of left-fielder Holliday.  Michael Cuddyer doubled to drive in Gonzalez, but was stranded at third on ground-outs by Todd Helton and Wilin Rosario.

The Cards answered with a run in the second on a Skip Schumaker lead-off triple.  Schumaker remained at third as Lohse struck-out and Descalso grounded to Le Mahieu, but Craig salvaged the run with a single to right.  3 1/2 innings of scoreless play followed; Francis was removed after the fourth following six consecutive outs with Descalso approaching the plate for the third time.  Right-hander Adam Ottavino replaced him.  After dispensing with St Louis on a fly-ball and a double-play in the fifth, Ottavino allowed the Cards 6th run in the sixth when Beltran doubled leading off and scored with two outs on a ground-single by Jay.

Josh Rutledge continued his hot career start, bringing the Rockies back to within a run on a two-out, three run home-run into the left-field stands in the bottom of the sixth, but St Louis countered immediately with Holliday logging his 19th homer, scoring Descalso, who had walked.  After Beltran flew-out to center, David Freese hit a solo-shot the same direction, the Cardinals pushing the lead back to 4. St Louis scored runs 10 and 11 in the eighth on singles by Schumaker and pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter, a Descalso sacrifice and a single by Craig.  Holliday had 4 RBI for St Louis, Craig drove-in 3, and Beltran plated 2.

Colorado got a run-back off Jason Motte in the ninth on a walk to Gonzalez and double by Helton, but with two out Jordan Pacheco battled Motte for nine pitches before striking-out swinging.

Game 2 of the three-game set will occur tomorrow evening, same time, same place.  The Cardinals will send one-time Rockie Jake Westbrook (9-8, 3.61) up against Colorado’s Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 4.99).

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Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago

And don’t forget to meet up before tomorrow nights game everyone who can!!!

http://jaredb17.sg-host.com/2012/07/27/rwo-week-july-31st-april-4th/

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

We have been so bad that I told jaredean that a HR is going to follow a BB. Without me cueing him a dedicated Rox fan next to me who always keep score showed me his scoresheet and circled HR. Like clockwork Holliday drills a two run homer.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago

Add this one to the list. Here’s my revised high scoring losses totals: 9 games @ 5 runs: 45 runs scored, 81 runs allowed 5 games @ 6 runs: 30 runs scored, 41 runs allowed 2 games @ 7 runs: 14 runs scored, 18 runs allowed 3 games @ 8 runs: 24 runs scored, 29 runs allowed 1 game @ 9 runs: 9 runs scored, 13 runs allowed That is a total of 20 games where the Rockies have plated… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

I agree with Gary and Ag! Eric Young Jr. needs to get a tryout at second base!!!!!!!!!

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jobers10
jobers10
8 years ago

A local Denver sports station (DMac from 104.3 The Fan) had this posted on his talk show’s Facebook page:

“My buddy GMan sent me the following text around 1 am this morning – GMan reports O’Dowd re-assigned according to source in managment. And Bill Gelvett will be interim GM. Fairly sure on the fact.”

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