The Cardinals (43-36) came from behind to pull out a big win this afternoon to take a series away from the Colorado Rockies (35-43).
In my preview, I suggested that today’s game would be nothing short of a slug fest between two inexperienced pitchers. Sure enough, I was right. A total of 15 batters crossed home plate in the Cardinals’ 9-6 win over Colorado. Although the Cards won, the win was not pretty and kept true true fans at the edge of their seats. Plus, Matt Adams had another home run, which is always fun to watch
Starter Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals proved, once again, that minor league success does not necessarily guarantee success in the big leagues. After three successful innings, the tides turned against the poor rookie. Five runs scored in the fourth inning which dramatically shifted momentum in favor of the Rockies. Gonzales was pulled and the Cardinal bullpen went to work clearing five innings while allowing only one more run.
Helping the bullpen was a productive fifth inning when the Cards pulled out three runs and only trailed 5-4. The Rockies added a run in the sixth but the Cardinals added five in the last three innings. This is the first win for the Birds after trailing in the seventh inning. They are now 1-26 when down late in the game.
If the Cardinals can beat the Dodgers away, they might stand a good chance of showing up the Giants as well. Even taking two of the three away series would help the team tremendously in what could certainly be considered their hardest 10-game stretch of the season.
The next game is tomorrow night at 9:10 (CST) in LA as they face the Dodgers in the second of three away series in a row.