Game Log: Cardinals win 9-6 to take series in Colorado

Game Log: Cardinals win 9-6 to take series in Colorado

Game Log: Cardinals win 9-6 to take series in Colorado

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on June 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 6:10 PM

(BaseballStL) — Trevor Rosenthal came on for a four-out save, and things got interesting in the ninth.

After pinch hitter Brandon Barnes walked, Charlie Blackmon struck out on high heat. Then, Drew Stubbs worked the count full before drawing a second walk, bringing up the tying run in the form of Troy Tulowitzki. 

Rosenthal went right at him, getting ahead 0-2 before the Rockies shortstop fouled off three straight. A ball followed, then Tulowitzki fought off a 100 miler per hour heater. Two time outs and three more spoiled pitches followed, then Tulowitzki stepped out again. 

Finally, on pitch number 11, the Cardinal closer blew another three-digit heater past him for the second out. 

Justin Morneau would end the game with a liner into center, giving the Cardinals two out of three in the series. 

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Matt Adams continued to keep his bat hot, leading off the ninth with a single into right. 

Once again showing his versatility, the big first baseman took off on a pitch to Peralta, picking up his second steal in three attempts. The throw sailed high and Adams popped up and chugged to third. 

Peralta picked up an eight-pitch walk to put men at the corners for Yadier Molina. The Cardinal catcher hit a fly ball to center, scoring Adams from third. 

With one out, pitcher Nick Masset threw over to first to try and catch Peralta napping. The throw sailed wide, and Peralta moved all the way around to third. 

Allen Craig followed Molina's example, skying a ball into right to score the Cardinal shortstop to give the Cardinals a 9-6 lead. 

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After chasing since the fourth inning, the Cardinals finally caught the Rockies in the eighth inning. Allen Craig began the action with a single, but Peter Bourjos failed to move him when he flew out to center field. 

Mark Ellis hit a sharp grounder to third, and beat out the attempted double play to stand on first with two outs. 

After threatening to take off several times, he finally committed on a 3-1 pitch to pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso. With Ellis running to second, the St. Louis utility man flicked a ball out to left field. With Corey Dickerson coming on, the ball plopped fair just inches from the line. 

Ellis tore around third and headed home as the throw raced him to the plate. He slid in just in time, beating the throw and tying the game. 

Descalso took second on the throw, and Matt Carpenter would send him home after working a 3-2 double up the middle. 

The hit was Carpenter's first of the series, and it gave the Cardinals a one run advantage heading into the final nine outs. 

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The Cardinals continue to keep the pressure on the Rockies pen, getting the first two men aboard in the seventh. 

Matt Carpenter drew a lead off walk, and Holliday’s single put two on for Matt Adams. The big lefty hit a grounder to second, but beat the throw to prevent the double play. 

With runners on the corners, Jhonny Peralta stepped in. He looped a ball into right to Charlie Blackmon, but Carpenter tagged and scored to cut the lead to one run once again. 

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Gonzales exited when Jon Jay pinch hit for him in sixth, and Seth Maness took over on the mound. 

Leadoff hitter Josh Rutledge singled to second on a grounder to lead things off, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from LaMahieu. 

Pinch hitter Ryan Wheeler pounded a ball into the ground toward Matt Adams for the second out, and Rutledge went to third. 

Charlie Blackmon looped a ball into shallow center field, and Peter Bourjos came flying in to make a play. the Cardinal center fielder dove and appeared to catch the ball, but as he tumbled over it escaped his glove to score Rutledge. 

Stubbs struck out to end the inning, and the Rockies held a 6-4 lead.  

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Mark Ellis began the fifth by hitting towering double to the deepest part of the park, and was swiftly bunted over by Gonzales. 

Matt Carpenter, 0-2 on the day, got enough of a ball to get a sacrifice fly and score Ellis, cutting the lead to 5-2. 

Matt Holliday continued his success in Denver, bouncing a double off the wall. Matt Adams then picked up his ninth homer, going opposite field to pull the Cardinals within one run. 

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The Rockies finally got to the rookie in the fourth, picking up 5 runs on a homer, two doubles and a single. 

First, Stubbs exacted revenge by leading off the inning with a solo shot to left to tie the game. Tulowitzki’s struggles continued when he popped out to Molina, but Colorado was just getting started. Justin Morneau singled to right, then moved to third on Wilin Rosario’s double. Corey Dickerson broke the game open with a two-run double, forcing a mound visit. 

Josh Rutledge drew a walk next, before DJ LaMahieu took the first pitch into right to score Dickerson. 

Pitcher Yohan Flande hit a soft grounder to short, but it was enough to score Rutledge and give Colorado a 5-1 advantage. 

Charlie Blackmon grounded out to finally end the charge, but the Rockies notched five hits and five runs while bringing nine hitters to the plate. 

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Marco Gonzales has had the best debut imaginable, tossing two perfect innings and picking up a double in his first MLB at-bat. 

In the first inning, he struck out Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki for the final two outs. He dealt the big-swinging Colorado shortstop three change ups and Tulowitzki whiffed on all three. He walked off the field to a swell of cheers from his hometown fans, having K-ed one of the best hitters in the majors. 

In the second, Gonzales induced three groundouts to move smoothly through two innings on 23 pitches. 

Then, to lead off the third, he ripped a ball in the left center gap to give the Birds a man in scoring position. 

Matt Carpenter pulled a ball to second to move Gonzales over, and Matt Holliday- a player he grew up watching at Coors Field- scored him with a single into left to put the Cards up 1-0. 

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The Cardinals got started early with the bats Wednesday, though they were unable to put up a run in the first to support Marco Gonzales.

Matt Carpenter opened the game with a ground out to first, but Matt Holliday followed by drawing a walk of Yohan Flande. Flande is making his MLB Debut opposite of Gonzales, and in the next at bat got Matt Adams to ground into a fielder’s choice. 

Jhonny Peralta followed by picking up the first hit off the rookie, rocketing a double down the line in left to put men at second and third for Yadier Molina. 

The Cardinal catcher hit a chopper to short to end the inning, stranding two. 

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