St. Louis staked themselves to a 5-1 lead entering the ninth inning before Colorado’s rally ended with the game-tying run on second base. Matt Holliday hit a 419-feet solo shot to dead center field in the first inning for a quick 1-0 lead. The next inning Franklin Morales issued a free pass to the 8-hole hitter with two outs. Then he proceeded to dig himself a huge 4-0 hole when opposing pitcher Shelby Duncan had a RBI double and Matt Carpenter followed with a two-run homer.
Walt Weiss’ decision to bring in Three Mile Island with two outs in the sixth inning proved to be costly when the pinch hitter hit a laser RBI single to make the score 5-1 which was just enough to beat the Rockies. That might not have happened if Ben Paulsen and Thomas Kahnle had done a better job of executing the 3-1 grounder that would have ended the inning. Paulsen ranged wide to retrieve a slow rollover grounder and he underhanded the throw to Kahnle who arrived at the first base bag one step too late. The underhanded throw slowed down the speed of the ball and Kahnle didn’t get to first base fast enough.
Paulsen drove in Cuddyer for the first Colorado run and they were looking at a 5-1 deficit when they came to bat in the ninth inning. St. Louis put southpaw Sam Freeman on the bump. Weiss decided to play the matchups. Stubbs (PH for Dickerson) walk; Nolan Arenado lined out; Matt McBride (PH for Paulsen) double; new pitcher Pat Neshek; Wilin Rosario RBI single – score 5-2; Josh Rutledge lined out to deep left center for sac fly – score 5-3; Michael McKenry (PH for D.J. LeMahieu) RBI double – score 5-4; Rafael Ynoa (PH for pitcher’s spot) fly out to end game. The three runs in the ninth inning equaled the total number of runs the Rockies scored in the first four games of the road trip. The four runs in the game also snapped the Rockies 2-run-or-less-games-on-the-road streak at ten.
Arizona won tonight which meant Colorado broke a tie with Arizona in the race for the worst record in baseball. The loss tonight makes it likely that the 2014 Rockies will break the franchise record for the worst road record in a season. They will have to go 5-2 away from Coors to avoid the dubious franchise record.