Antonio Senzatela was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday to make his first start since July 20. It did not go well as the Cardinals put a capper on a four-game sweep in St Louis.
Senzatela pitched a quick 1-2-3 first inning, but the wheels came off in the second. In all, Senzatela allowed five hits and also walked two batters (including a bases-loaded walk to Dexter Fowler). Things went from bad to worse for “Senze” (his chosen Players Weekend nickname) after Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha lined a comebacker off his left calf. On the ATTSNRM broadcast, Ryan Spilborghs said he was not convinced that Senzatela was not dealing with negative effects of the ball to the calf, noting some negative body language. Whether or not this was an issue, things continued to get worse for Senzatela from there. He threw over 40 pitches in the second innings and had to exit after only getting two outs.
Matt Carpenter, who had been relegated to the bench due to poor performance, was given an opportunity to start on Sunday, and promptly knocked in the first of six earned runs charged to Senzatela. Carpenter would later add a home run as part of a three-hit day.
Nolan Being 100
On the bright side, Nolan Arenado drove his 33rd home run of the season out to left field off Wacha in the top of the fifth. The dinger also gave Arenado 100 runs batted in for the fifth consecutive season. This puts him in the Colorado Rockies history books as @RockiesPR notes:
With 100 RBI now on the season, Nolan Arenado becomes the fifth player in Rockies history (also: Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla, Todd Helton and Larry Walker) to have five seasons with 100 or more RBI.— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) August 25, 2019
Dante Bichette and Todd Helton were the only other Rockies to accomplish five straight seasons of 100 or more runs driven in.
Let’s go home! Monday was originally scheduled to be an off day for both the Rockies and the Atlanta Braves, but they will be making up April 10’s snowed out affair. Tim Melville will be looking to build off an excellent first start in a Colorado uniform, while Julio Teheran will counter for the Bravos. The game will be available to watch for free on YouTube at 1:10 PM MT.