Cardinals complete four game sweep of Rockies in blowout fashion, 11-4
The Cubs got swept, the Brewers lost, and suddenly the Cardinals lead the NL Central by 2.5 games. Buckle up, this last month is gonna be a rollercoaster of emotions.
Today was a long day, so bear with me on this short recap, it’ll still be awesome. A two hour and thirty-five minute rain delay kept the game from starting at the 1:15 start time, and when the game did start, the pace was just as bad as the game lasted three hours and thirty-one minutes. Manfred was tearing his hair out somewhere.
The Rockies grabbed an early 2-0 lead off Wachamole, as Alsonso would drive in Story with a two out single in the 1st and Hampson would hit a solo shot with one out in the 2nd.
But the Cardinals, who are no stranger to playing down a couple of runs, plated six runs for Wacha in the 2nd inning before he would go back out for his 3rd inning of work.
Here’s the bottom of the 2nd in quick format: Swags triple to RF, Deez walk, Yadi 1-2 fielder’s choice (Swags out at home), Carp rbi single to LCF, Harry strikeout, Wachamole infield single off Senzatela, Dex rbi walk, Edman two-run double to RF, Goldy two-run single to RF, *insert Tinoco from pen*, Swags walk, Deez single to RF, Yadi robbed of a single by Hampson in CF. You get all that? Cardinals now up 6-2.
Carp would leadoff the bottom of the 3rd in old school fashion, blasting his 12th HR of the season to RF, taking a low and outside 93mph sinker and turning on it nicely.
Arenado homered off Wacha in the 5th to make it a 7-3 game, as a Wacha would try and pitch to the Rockies lineup a third time thru. After a walk to McMahon, Helsley would enter to get the final out in the 5th, striking out Alonso on a buck nasty curve.
Dex would drive in his 2nd and 3rd run of the ballgame in the bottom of the 5th, bringing in Carp (walk) and Harry (single and stolen base) to make it a 9-3 game.
Yadi would make it a 10-3 game the next inning, driving in Goldy (double) with a two out single to CF, getting on top of a fastball letter high.
The Lane Train Thomas would hit his 3rd pinch-hit HR of the season to leadoff the bottom of the 7th, greeting Shaw the only way that felt right. Lemme tell y’all, Lane has been RIPPING the ball– the babip gods don’t seem to like him much though.
That’s where this one stood, as the Brebbia would come in to throw the final two innings for the Cards pen, striking out three to hold onto the 11-4 winner and four-game sweep.
Helsley would pick up his 1st career major league win.
With the win, the Cardinals (71-58) are now 13 games over the (.500) mark, as they head to Milwaukee on a #happyflight to take on the Brewers (67-63). Uncle Charlie gets the ball in game-one, matching up with the lefty, Gio Gonzalez* (2-1, 3.64). First pitch from Miller Park 6:05pm c/t.