The Cardinals took three of four games from the Colorado Rockies this series. St. Louis wrapped up their homestand, one where they went 7-4.
Before game one of the series, the Cardinals acquired OF/1B Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Single-A lefty Rob Kaminsky. The move was made to not only help ease the steaming void left behind by Matt Holliday, the 35-year-old outfielder who went on the disabled list for a right quadriceps strain, but to also improve the offensive situation at first base. Holliday was forced to hit the shelf on Thursday, 7/30, after suffering the above mentioned quad strain in the game on 7/29 against the Reds.
The opening game of the four game series at Busch Stadium was started by Carlos Martinez and Chris Rusin. In a game that contained a total of seventeen runs, thirty hits, three errors, and nineteen left on-base, it was definitely a statement made by both teams saying that this series would not be one heavily accoladed for pitching. Neither of the night’s starting pitchers would factor into a decision, one that would go right down to the wire. With the bases loaded and one down in the bottom of the ninth inning, two runs already in thanks to Jhonny Peralta, Greg Garcia stepped to the plate. With the score tied, 8-8, Greg was looking for any opportunity to push a run across the dish. On a 3-1 count, former Cardinal John Axford threw a ball high and outside for ball four. Kolten Wong scored and the Cardinals won the game 9-8. Matt Carpenter exploded offensively, going 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI. The battery of Chris Rusin and Nick Hundley went yard for Colorado.
Garcia, 25, already has two walk offs attached to his name. Back in May of 2014, he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and that forced in the game’s winning run. He was just recently recalled back to the Major Leagues, on July thirtieth to be exact, to replace Matt Holliday’s spot on the 25-man roster.
On Friday morning, less than twelve hours before Major League Baseball’s non-waiver Trade Deadline of 3:00 PM Central Time, the Cardinals made a trade for the Brewers’ Jonathan Broxton. They received the 6’4, 305 pound relief pitcher in a swap for Rookie-level outfielder Malik Collymore. That’s the second former closer the Cardinals acquired in this trading “season”, for say. They picked up Steve Cishek from Miami on 7/24.
Game two of the series was started by Michael Wacha and Kyle Kendrick. Kyle was forced to leave the game following the first inning, one where he threw twenty-five pitches and allowed two Cardinal runs. It would later be announced that inflammation of his right shoulder would be to blame for his early departure. St. Louis scored more than just the two runs in the first inning, but they were just for show. Michael Wacha, Randy Choate, and Seth Maness held the Rockies to six hits and shut them out as far as the run column is concerned. Matt Carpenter, again, had himself another day at the plate. He went 2-for-4 with a homer, his third of the series, and a double. Jhonny Peralta capped off the night offensively for the ‘birds when he hit a two-run dinger to conclude a sixth inning of five runs. Rockies’ outfielder Corey Dickerson was forced to leave the game in the seventh inning due to chest pain. It would later be announced that he suffered from two fractured ribs while attempting to make a diving catch.
The third game of the series was started by Lance Lynn and Jorge De La Rosa. After an outburst of runs in the first couple of games, the Cards couldn’t quite crack Jorge’s code. But, fortunately for him, the Colorado bunch was able to crack Lynn’s. Lance was rocked a bit through his start, one that lasted a total of five innings. He surrendered homers to Gary Paulsen and Nolan Arenado, their eighth and twenty-sixth of the season, respectively. De La Rosa, on the other hand, was able to control St. Louis over six and two-thirds innings. He allowed two runs, both earned, including a long ball to Cardinal shortstop Jhonny Peralta, his second in as many days. The Rockies held on to win, 6-4, and they would be looking to salvage a series split in Sunday’s game.
The fourth and final game of this matchup was started by a pair of southpaws, Jaime Garcia and Yohan Flonde. The first two-runs of the ballgame were scored on a two-run homer off the bat of Randal Grichuk in the fifth inning, only to have the game tied up in the top of the sixth. The game remained tied, 2-2, until the bottom of the ninth. Brandon Moss, one of the newest Cardinals’ players, entered the batters’ box as a pinch-hitter. Brandon poked a ball through the hole between second and third base to score Jason Heyward, the runner at third. St. Louis won the game, 3-2, their eighth walk-off win of the season. Cardinals’ rookie Stephen Piscotty had another nice day offensively, going 2-3 with a double. He has recorded a hit in eight straight games.
The Cardinals are off on Monday. They will travel to Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio to start a three-game series with their division rivals. Anthony DeSclafani and John Lackey are currently scheduled to take the mound in game one.
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