Series Summary 9/19-21: Cardinals @ Rockies

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On Wednesday, the Cardinals and Rockies wrapped up a three-game series at Coors Field, one that accounted for the teams’ final meeting of the regular season.

The Cardinals find themselves a half-game out of the National League Wild Card race that currently features a tie for the first Wild Card spot between the Giants and Mets. The Giants and Mets both play on Wednesday night and on Thursday, whereas the Cardinals will be catching a bit of a break as we transition into the second-to-last weekend of the regular season.

Game One: Cardinals 5, Rockies 3 — WP: Carlos Martinez (15-8) LP: Tyler Anderson (5-6) SV: Kevin Siegrist (3)

A two-run double off the bat of Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez led St. Louis to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday in the first game of the three-game series.

Martinez legged out his first double of the season to plate two runners in the top of the fourth inning, one that put the Cardinals ahead in the game for good. Martinez’s two-bagger followed a two-run homer by Randal Grichuk the inning before that opened up the scoring for St. Louis.

After logging five innings, Martinez was pulled from the game in favor of Matt Bowman, Zach Duke, Dean Kiekhefer, Jonathan Broxton, and Kevin Siegrist, respectively. The five relievers combined to allow just one run on three hits over the game’s final four innings.

Game Two: Cardinals 10, Rockies 5 — WP: Adam Wainwright (12-9) LP: Jorge De La Rosa (8-9)

With four RBIs on the night, Cardinals hurler Adam Wainwright fueled a 10-5 victory for St. Louis over the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.

Wainwright, who surrendered four runs in 5.1 innings of work on the mound, lined a two-RBI double to cap off the first of the Cardinals’ three crooked-number innings in the middle game of the series. Wainwright played a role in his team’s three-run fifth, as the right-handed pitcher collected his seventeenth and eighteenth RBIs of the year with a single up the middle.

In what was likely his final start at Coors Field as a member of the home team, Rockies starter and impending free agent Jorge De La Rosa allowed eight runs (seven earned) and punched out eight over 4.2 innings. De La Rosa has been a member of the Rockies since the 2008 season and has managed a pair of sixteen-win seasons in his tenure in Denver.

Game Three: Rockies 11, Cardinals 1 — WP: German Marquez (1-0) LP: Luke Weaver (1-4)

After being held to a total of eight runs in the first two games of the series, the Rockies impounded Cardinals pitching in Wednesday’s series finale, stomping St. Louis for an 11-1 win to deny the Cardinals of a series sweep.

Colorado did quite a bit of damage to Cardinals starter Luke Weaver, who saw his ERA balloon from 3.21 to 4.54 in his clunker of an outing on Wednesday. The Rockies pounded the rookie right-hander for six runs through two innings, during which Weaver administered over 40 pitches.

A rookie himself, Rockies starter German Marquez fared much better than Weaver did on Wednesday, as Marquez — who was appearing in his fourth Major League game and making his first start — held the Cardinals to one run on four hits through five innings, enough to pick up the win.

The Rockies’ big day was ignited by third baseman Nolan Arenado, who went 2-for-3 with a grand slam, his National League-leading 39th home run of the season. Perhaps Arenado was due to have a fine day at the dish, considering the fact that the All-Star went just 2-for-9 with four strikeouts in the first two games.

What’s next?

Cardinals: After an off day on Thursday, the Cardinals will begin a three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon. This series will serve as the Cardinals’ final road series of the regular season and the Cubs’ last home series until the postseason.

Rockies: Following their win on Wednesday, the Rockies will commute to Hollywood for a four-game series with the Dodgers that will commence on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

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