Birds stumble through the mountains, set up for Royals 

   The Cardinals have ended their West coast road trip. After taking three of four from the Dodgers, the Redbirds were robbed of two wins against the Colorado Rockies. Partial thanks to the thin air, the Cardinals lost the series. They finished the road trip 5-3. Not bad. I’ll take you through the Rockies series and set you up for the upcoming weekend series.. 

 The Rockies exploded in game one and beat the the Cardinals 11-3. Though they doubled the amount, and then some, Colorado had the game ‘won’ following the end of the first inning. They smacked Lackey around enough for five runs in the first frame. David Hale was able to hold the Cards to three runs over seven innings. Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado went yard for the home team. Kolten Wong and Jon Jay also homered but to no avail. 

 The bigger loss of the day for the Cardinals traveled far away from the scoreboard. Matt Holliday had to leave the game in the second inning due to a knee issue. The Cardinals and their fans would have to hold their breath overnight and wait for the MRI results on Tuesday.. Before the beginning of game two, it was announced that Matt Holliday had a grade two strain of his right quadricep. Holliday was then placed on the 15-day disabled list. Relief pitcher Miguel Socolovich was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.. 

 Game two was started by Jorge De La Rosa and Michael Wacha. Despite a decent outing from Wacha, the Cardinals lost the ball game 4-3. Also, he struck out ten batters.. Nolan Arenado homered, again (he also homered in the previous game). Jhonny Peralta and Peter Bourjos each corked one. De La Rosa pitched a solid game, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on three hits. The Cardinals would have to win on Wednesday to avoid being swept for the first time this season. 

 Game three of the series was started by Chad Bettis and Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals avoided the sweep by winning 4-2. Carlos Martinez was pretty sharp, going six and a third and allowing just two runs. Ben Paulson and Randal Grichuk homered. Trevor Rosenthal picked up save number twenty of the season. 

 The ‘birds are off on Thursday. They will pick right back up on Friday night at Busch against their inner state rivals, the Kansas City Royals. Jaime Garcia will toss it for St. Louis on Friday against KC’s Yordano Ventura.

Thanks for reading! 

Twitter: @Curtis_Josey

The photo can be found on zimbio.com.

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