Tonight was most assuredly NOT the start that Josh Outman was looking for, although he technically did drop his ERA to a nice, round 9.00.
It wasn't the worst "start" in the world, as Outman only allowed 2 hits in his 3 innings of work. However, walks did kill him, as 5 walks to only 3 strikeouts made his innings that much less efficient in terms of pitch count. One of his hits ended up being a Matt Holliday solo homer, and a walk to Jon Jay ultimately drove Jay in on a sacrifice fly from Carlos Beltran.
Tyler Colvin continues to be an important part of the Rockies' attempts to stay afloat, as his 4th inning 2-run homer knotted the game up, giving Colorado fans hope that somehow the Rockies could best Kyle Lohse and take the series opener from St. Louis.
Walks continued to damage the Rockies, as a Tyler Chatwood practically repeated Outman's 1st inning by walking Jon Jay, who was eventually driven in by Carlos Beltran on a Fielder's Choice. Chatwood continues to struggle in the majors, as Allen Craig made Chatwood pay even more by driving a 2-run shot, his first of the night, into the CF grassy slope to put the Cardinals up 5-2.
Things continued to get worse. Furcal crossed the plate for the 6th run of the night on a sac fly in the 6th.
Yadier Molina scored in the 7th on a fielder's choice after Marco Scutaro threw home to try to nail Molina at the plate. The throw was high, and Wilin Rosario took his eyes off of the ball for just long enough to not be able to rein in Scutaro's errant throw. Next play, Rafael Furcal grounded out to drive in David Freese.
Allen Craig deposited his 2nd long ball of the night to CF in the 8th inning to put St. Louis up 9-2.
Wilin Rosario made recompense for his shared blunder at home plate by taking an ankle-high fastball 20 feet into the Colorado bullpen.
All said and done, this game stunk. I'm pleased to say that Marco Scutaro, Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, and Wilin Rosario all recorded multi-hit games, but that hardly takes the sting off of a 9-3 trouncing.
Hey, at least we didn't get no-hit by Kyle Lohse.
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