St. Louis Cardinals Take Two Out Of Three From The Reeling Colorado Rockies


Jun 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) reacts after striking out during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. The Cardinals won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into Wednesday afternoons rubber match with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Colorado Rockies looked to extend their winning streak to two games and come away with a series win. The Cardinals would rally back, defeating the Rox to take two out of three, 9-6.

Jun 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1: 6/23 – Cardinals 8, Rockies 0.

This game would belong to Lance Lynn. Lynn would hurl eight strong innings, giving up just three hits while striking out seven batters. Lynn would also record a walk in the seventh inning, coming around to score on a three-run home run from Matt Adams.

Jhoulys Chacin struggled mightily once again, picking up his sixth loss of the 2014 season. Chacin would give up just four hits but struggled with his command. He would issue three walks but did manage to make it through six innings.

Corey Dickerson was the lone highlight off the night offensively for the Rockies, collecting two of the teams three hits; Charlie Blackmon recorded the other.

Matt Holliday (RBI double), Mike Adams (2 HR’s, 6 RBI’s), Jhonny Peralta (RBI double) were the main contributors offensively for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Notable Rockies Hitters:

  • Charlie Blackmon: 1-for-4.
  • Corey Dickerson: 2-for-4.

Rockies Pitching:

  • Jhoulys Chacin (L, 1-6): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3BB, 4 SO. 92 pitches, 57 strikes.
  • Franklin Morales: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
  • Matt Belisle: 1.0 IP, 1 H.

Jun 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (33) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2: 6/24 – Rockies 10, Cardinals 5.

The Colorado Rockies would snap a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night, thanks to the bat of first baseman Justin Morneau. Morneau would collect an RBI single in the first inning, a 3-run home run in the fourth inning, and a 2-RBI single in the seventh as he ended up going 3-for-5 on the night with 6 RBI’s.

Despite battling through some lower-back pain, Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa muscled out seven strong innings to keep the team in the game. He made one mistake in the fourth inning, giving up a two-run shot to Johnny Peralta to tie up at three. Other than that, he was solid. He surrendered nine hits on five runs (four earned) while striking out three.

Cards pitcher Shelby Miller struggled and left the game in the third inning due to a back problem. He ended up allowing three earned runs on six hits through 2.2 innings. Miller would also walk five batters and struck out two.

Pinch-hitter Drew Stubbs would hit a no-doubt, towering home run to left field in the eight inning that nearly hit on top of the concourse. The measurement according to ESPN was 446 feet. Charlie Blackmon would add an RBI single later that inning to end the Rockies lead to five, 10-5.

Notable Rockies Hitters:

  • Charlie Blackmon: 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI.
  • Corey Dickerson: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B.
  • Justin Morneau: 3-for-5, HR, 6 RBI’s.
  • Wilin Rosario: 2-for-5, 2B.
  • Ryan Wheeler: 2-for-4, 2 RBI.

Rockies Pitching:

Jun 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (32) hits a single during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Cardinals won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3: 6/25 – Cardinals 9, Rockies 6.

The Rockies put up a five-spot in the fourth inning thanks to some timely hitting. Drew Stubbs led it off with a solo-shot to left, followed by a 2-RBI double from Corey Dickerson to score Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario. DJ LeMahieu would tack on an RBI single scoring Dickerson and Yohan Flande collected his first big league RBI on a groundout to short, scoring Josh Rutledge.

Yohan Flande made his Major League debut on the mound and it wasn’t a bad one. He would end up pitching five innings, giving up four earned on six hits while walking one and striking out four. He served up a 2-run shot to Matt Adams in the fifth to cut the Rockies lead to one, 5-4.

Charlie Blackmon added an RBI double to center in the sixth to give the Rockies a 2-run cushion, but it was all downhill from that point on.

The Cards would score five-unanswered runs off of the bullpen; three of which were earned. Adam Ottavino has been struggling of late as he gave up an RBI double to Daniel Descalso and one to Matt Carpenter to give the Cards a 7-6 lead.

St. Louis would tack on two more in the top half of the ninth on reliever Nick Masset as Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice-fly to center, followed by a sacrifice-fly from Allen Craig to extend the lead to three, 9-6.

Notable Rockies Hitters:

  • Drew Stubbs: 1-for-4, HR.
  • Justin Morneau: 2-for-5, R.
  • Corey Dickerson: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI’s.
  • Josh Rutledge: 1-for-2, 2 R, BB.

Rockies Pitching:

  • Yohan Flande: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. 96 pitches, 62 strikes.
  • Tommy Kahnle: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB.
  • Rex Brothers: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB.
  • Adam Ottavino (L, 0-3): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER.
  • Nick Masset: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB.

The Colorado Rockies (35-43) are back in action Thursday night as they begin a four-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers. Christian Friedrich (0-1, 6.00 ERA) will take the mound in-game one as he is countered by Brewers righty Wily Peralta (8-5, 3.02 ERA).

First-pitch between the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers is scheduled for 8:10 PM ET, 6:10 PM MT.