Mitchell Boggs faces Cardinals for first time

Mitchell Boggs faces Cardinals for first time

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Mitchell Boggs faces Cardinals for first time

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by Scott Bierman

KMOV.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Mitchell Boggs began this season as the closer of the St. Louis Cardinals. Five months later, he was pitching against his former team with his current team down six runs in the eighth inning on Tuesday.

It was a sad reminder of what kind of season it has been for Boggs.

As mentioned, Boggs began this season as the Cardinals’ closer, then was taken out of the role after blowing two of four save opportunities before April 15, bounced in between St. Louis and Triple-A Memphis for a bit, and finally was traded to the Colorado Rockies, the NL West’s cellar dwellers, for international signing money.

A sad turn of events for one of the best setup relievers the year prior.

Boggs, who posted a 2.21 ERA in 78 games in 2012, entered the eighth inning against the Cardinals with a 9.31 ERA in 23 appearances between St. Louis and Colorado.

Making his sixth appearance for the Rockies, Boggs started out in a familiar position after allowing the first two batters to reach base. Matt Adams singled to center for his second hit of the game and David Freese walked after five pitches.

Daniel Descalso grounded into a double play to leave Adams at third base and pinch-hitter Kolten Wong at the plate.

Wong grounded out to end the inning. Boggs escaped damage.

It’s odd to read “Boggs escaped damage.” This season has been nothing but damaged for the 29-year-old Georgia native.

On a bright note for Boggs, five of his six appearances with the Rockies have been scoreless.

Boggs went 13-15 with a 4.15 ERA over six seasons (232 games) with St. Louis.

Scott Bierman covers the Cardinals, Blues and Rams for KMOV.com and its associated mobile applications (BaseballStL, HockeyStL, and FootballStL). You can follow him on Twitter @Scott_Bierman for St. Louis sports news.

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