The Bottom Line:
- The Cardinals take the first game of the series with the Colorado Rockies in a dominant 5-1 win. The Cardinals maintain a 2.5 game lead on the Pirates who also won earlier tonight.
- Adam Wainwright kept his September success rolling tonight. He gave up 1 earned run on 6 hits over 8 innings for his third win of the month. He had 0 walks and 8 strikeouts including retiring his last 16 batters. Wainwright seems to have bounced back from a shaky August showing of a 5.17 era to bring another much-needed dominant outing. With the Cardinals in the final stretch of the season, it’s nice to see their ace coming back around.
- Matt Holliday was in the zone tonight, driving in 3 RBI’s and scoring twice while going 2 for 4 with a monster homerun. Holliday seemed to be in a slump following his naming of NL player of the week a little over a week ago. However, he broke out today acting as the dominant offensive force in the Cardinals lineup as he was clearly in the zone while covering all parts of the plate.
- While Holliday provided most of the offense for the Cardinals, Johnny Peralta also looked comfortable at the plate driving in 1 run on a well hit single in the third inning. Yadier Molina then padded the Cardinals 3 run lead with a two out insurance RBI in the eighth.
- Trevor Rosenthal—vying for the Cardinals single season saves record of 47 as he now sits with 43—shut down the Rockies in the ninth, although it wasn’t a save situation. Molina’s eigth inning RBI pushed the game out of a save situation, however Rosenthal’s command was still very strong, bringing the game to a quick close. While he did give up two hits, it is important to note that they were both well placed infield hits and it seemed that the Rockies weren’t able to key in on his 98 mph fastball and devastating curveball.
- While the Cardinals only had 5 hits on the day, they made them all count. Rockies starting pitcher Jorge de la Rosa had a decent showing giving up 4 runs (3 earned) over 6.0 innings, however the Cardinals’ situational hitting and ability to take advantage of runners in scoring position gave them the upper hand through the entirety of the game.
What’s Next: The Cardinals take on the Rockies again tomorrow night where Shelby Miller (9-9, 3.83 ERA) will take on Franklin Morales (6-7, 5.31 ERA). First pitch will be at 6:15 PM CST and can be seen on Fox.