Colorado Rockies Rout Cardinals 11-3 Thanks To Hale, Two HRs
Jun 8, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher D. Hale (61) delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies faced the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in Denver to begin a three-game series against the NL’s best club at Coors Field.
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Home runs by Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado and a very solid start by David Hale propelled the Colorado Rockies to an easy 11-3 victory Monday night in Denver over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Hale tossed seven innings of six-hit ball, allowing no walks and just three runs while striking out seven Cardinals, allowing the Rockies to rest their bullpen and giving the defense quick work on the mound, tossing 59 of his 90 pitches for strikes.
Hale improved to 2-0 on the season, and is now forcing the Rockies’ hand as to whether he deserves a permanent spot in the rotation, at least over the next few weeks, with Jordan Lyles now out for the rest of the season.
Offensively, the Rockies set the tone in the first inning, with a five-run frame highlighted by Tulo’s three-run bomb off Cardinals’ starter John Lackey.
The Rox also put up a five-run frame in the fourth inning, thanks in part to a DJ LeMahieu RBI double, and Arenado’s two-run shot, that made the game 10-1 at that time, and effectively put it out of reach of the Cards.
The Cardinals scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, but never seriously threatened against Hale and the big offensive cushion. Christian Friedrich and Brooks Brown each threw scoreless innings to close the game out and give the Rockies (26-30) a victory against the best team in baseball.
The two clubs meet again Tuesday night in Denver, with the Rox trying to clinch the series early. The club will then head to Miami to face the Marlins for four games beginning Thursday.