Cardinals rock Rockies 12-3, winning their 9th-straight series, Leadoff Guy ties franchise record with 4 doubles
This afternoon’s game was a complete 180° of last nights tootblan. The Cardinals got things going early, putting up a 6-spot on the board in the 1st inning off Mr. Duck, Tyler Anderson, lasting only 0.2 innings. Carp, Leadoff Guy, started the afternoon off with a double off the RF wall, just missing his 35th bomb of the season. Anderson then got Yadi to ground out to SS, and proceeded to strikeout Cafecíto on an outside changeup next. Prince O’Neill didn’t let the leadoff double go to waste, blasting his 6th HR of the season to LF, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Pauly Deez and Trap House lined back-to-back singles next, bringing in the spark plug, Haaaaaaaarry Bader. Bader ripped the Anderson offering down the 3B line into LF, legging out an RBI double, scoring Pauly. With first base open, Anderson would put the 8-hole hitter, Muñoz on base with an intentional walk.
What happened next was just insanely incredible. Words don’t do this justice, but Big G would chop an infield single to LeMahieu at 2B, bringing in Trap House and Bader. ON THE SAME PLAY. Bader almost beat Gyorko home, my jaw was probably on the floor, at least that’s how I remember it. The Leadoff Guy would dig in next for his second AB in the 1st, ripping his second double of the game into RF, scoring Muñoz to make it 6-0. Bud Black would go to his pen, turning to Chad Bettis for the final out, and the next 3 innings following.
Big G retired the Rockies in order his first inning of work, throwing 13 pitches, striking out the first two batters he faced, LeMahieu with a fastball, CarGo on a slider. Bettis would retire the Birds in order on 12 pitches in the 2nd inning, getting the bats back up quickly.
The Rockies got a run back in the bottom of the 2nd, getting back-to-back hits from Holliday and Desmond after Story flew out. On Desmond’s double, Bader would bobble the ball when trying to throw it back in, dropping it for an error, allowing Holliday to score to make it 6-1. Gomber halted further damage, striking out Bettis on a fastball looking, Big G’s third k of the game.
The Cardinals added 4 more runs to their line in the top of the 3rd. Trap House singled to LF, advancing to 2B on a Holliday error, it was so Matt Holliday. Bader then bunted and reached on an error from Iannetta, putting runners on the corners. Muñoz then beat out a potential double-play, grounding into a 4-6 fielder’s choice, bringing in Gyorko on the play. Big G would lay down a perfect sac-bunt, 5-4 on the putout, putting Muñoz on 2B with Carp coming up to bat, and guess what he did. Carp hit his third double of the game, driving in Muñoz. Yadi followed that with an RBI single of his own into CF, scoring Carp. Cafecíto then kept the line chugging, ripping an RBI double into LF, scoring Yadi to make it 10-1.
The Rockies answered back, just kidding, but they did score a meaningless run in the bottom of the 3rd. Story would drive in LeMahieu on a 4-6 fielder’s choice. Big G added two more punch outs in the inning, getting CarGo on a heater and Holliday to end the inning on a slider.
Both teams would go down in order in the 4th inning. Both pitchers picking up a strikeout, Bettis getting Deez on a slider and Big G getting Iannetta looking at a fastball offering.
Rusin came in to pitch the 5th and 6th innings, retiring the side in the 5th, getting three groundouts, the final one robbing Carp of his 4th hit, but he’d still get it later. Rusin would leadoff the bottom of the 5th with a single to CF. Big G then induced a much needed ground ball, getting DJ to ground into a 6-4-3 double-play. CarGo would fly out to Bader to end the inning.
The Cards would add a couple more runs in the 6th, because you can never be too safe in Colorado. With one out, Cafecíto(single), O’Neill(single), and Pauly Deez(walk) would reach base to load the bases. Trap House then lined a soft single up the middle, Story keeping it in the infield, Jedd beating it out for an RBI, keeping the bases juiced. Haaaaaaaaarry would drive in his 27th RBI with a sac-fly to CarGo, making it 12-2.
Big G would deliver a 9-pitch final inning of work in the bottom of the 6th, getting Holliday to ground out to Pauly.
Big G’s final line: (6IP, 5 hits, 2r/1er, 1 bb, 6 k’s, 87 pitches)
The Cards would get their final two hits of the game in the 7th inning, a one out double from Carp, go figure, double number 4. Yadi then singled to put runners on the corners for Cafecíto. Shaw ended the inning getting Café to ground into a 6-4-3 double-play.
Tyson Ross aka Freeway, threw the 7th and 8th for the bullpen this afternoon, working a clean 7th after giving up a leadoff walk to Desmond. Ross got Dahl to fly out and followed that with an inning-ending 6-4-3 double-play. The Rockies would plate a run on Freeway in their half of the 8th. But not before Haaaaaaaarry made another fantastic snag out in CF, taking away possible extra bases from McDoogle. LeMahieu and CarGo followed with back-to-back hits, LeMahieu with a single to CF, CarGo a double to RF. Parra would pinch-hit for Shaw, grounding into a 3-1 putout, while plating DJ.
Dominic Leone, making his first appearance since 05/04 against the Cubs, worked a perfect 9th inning, retiring the side on 4 pitches to secure the Redbirds victory!!
With the win, the Cardinals (73-58) have won their 9th-straight series. They have an off-day tomorrow as it’s a #happyflight home to STL to take on the Pirates (64-67) starting Tuesday evening.
Jack Flaherty (7-6, 2.97) gets the nod in game-one as he will be paired up with Ivan Nova (7-8, 4.20). First pitch 7:15 c/t.
Thanks for reading, cheers!
Game 131 is in the books