ROX OPEN TRIP WITH VICTORY OVER CARDS
It is usually the St Louis Cardinals that do this kind of thing to you, win, by simply playing a little bit better than you did. Monday the Colorado Rockies turned the tables on St Louis, using a run in the 3rd and two in the 4th, along with 6 shutout innings from Chad Bettis (4-2, 4.18) to defeat the Cards 3-1 at Busch Stadium in the Gateway City.
Left-hander Jaime Garcia (3-3, 2.86) was on the hill for St Louis, and had walked Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn, but otherwise held the Rockies at-bay until Charlie Blackmon singled with one out in the 3rd and stole 2nd. Trevor Story struck-out, but Arenado singled to left and it was 1-0 Colorado. The following inning Garcia walked lead-off hitter Mark Reynolds, then DJ LeMahieu singled with one out to move him to 2nd and Dustin Garneau knocked Reynolds in with a liner in front of center-fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. LeMahieu moved-up to 3rd and scored on a ground-ball by Bettis. That would do it for the Colorado scoring.
Bettis meanwhile had allowed no hits going into the bottom of the 5th when Hazelbaker led-off with a single. After a disputed force at 2nd Kolten Wong singled moving Hazelbaker into scoring position, but Bettis got long fly balls from Brandon Moss and Matt Carpenter to escape trouble. After a 1-2-3 6th Bettis got Yadier Molina and Hazelbaker to start-out the 7th, but Aldemys Diaz, Wong, and Randal Grichuk followed with singles, Diaz scoring, to send the right-hander to the showers. Boone Logan came-on to retire Carpenter and end the threat.
Carlos Estevez delivered a 1-2-3 8th, then it was on to Jake McGee for the usual 9th inning nail biter. Molina led-off with a single. The Chubby LaTroy got Hazelbaker on strikes and Diaz on a fly-ball. With Wong batting, the speedster Molina swiped 2nd to move into scoring position. McGee walked Wong. As RMH practically wet his pants, McGee used 6 pitches to dispatch our old buddy, pinch-hitter Jedd Gyorko, and the Rockies had the opener on the east-trending trip in the bag.
Colorado has won 5 in a row and is two games on the positive side of .500. The inter-divisional rivals go back at it tonight, once again at 6:15 MT at Busch. Chris Rusin gets the call for the Rockies against a frustrated Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals.