Sunday By Comparison: Break Out The Bats
Scoring 8 or More
The Rockies had been shutdown for six innings on Saturday night. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, new addition/old friend Matt Holliday got the call to come off the bench to pinch-hit. And hit he did. Called up on Thursday, Holliday, who had spent the summer at home before deciding at the age of 38 to return to the Rockies, where he began his career, for one last fling, delivered a home run to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead on St. Louis, a team he played for from mid-2009 through the 2016 season.
"I've been happy with most every home run in his career," said Cardinals interim manager Mike Schildt. "We wish the best for Matt, but can't say that we were absolutely cheering right there. But it was a good swing, a big at-bat obviously. He's a dangerous hitter (and) proved it."
The Cardinals managed to come up with a run of their own in the top of the eighth. It, however, wasn't enough. The Rockies put together an eight-run rally in the bottom of the eighth -- all eight runs scoring before the second out was even recorded. The Cardinals called on four pitchers to try and put down a rally that saw 15 Rockies go to the plate, and the club tied a franchise record with five doubles.
How big a deal is eight runs? Well, out of the Rockies 129 games this season, they have scored more than eight runs in only 15 GAMES -- and that includes Saturday night.
Behind the 8 Ball
|LeMahieu singled to left.|
|C.González doubled to center, LeMahieu scored.|
|Arenado doubled to left, C.González scored.|
|Story grounded out, shortstop Muñoz to first baseman M.Adams, Arenado to third.|
|Dahl singled to center, Arenado scored.|
|McMahon singled to right, Dahl to second.|
|Wolters doubled to right, Dahl scored, McMahon to third.|
|Desmond pinch-hitting for Ottavino.|
|Desmond doubled to left, McMahon scored, Wolters scored.|
|Blackmon doubled to center, Desmond scored.|
|LeMahieu singled to center, Blackmon scored.|
|C.González safe at first on fielding error by third baseman Carpenter, LeMahieu to second.|
|Arenado singled to center, LeMahieu to third, C.González to second.|
|Story struck out.|
|Dahl grounded out, second baseman Garcia to first baseman M.Adams|
|Runs: 8, Hits: 10, Errors: 1|
With what became a 9-1 win the Rockies find themselves tied with the Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West, and tied with the Diamondbacks and Brewers for the second NL wild-card spot, a half-game behind St. Louis.
The Rockies have the second-best record in franchise history after 129 games.