Michael Wacha Dominates The Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals Win
Jul 31, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher K. Kendrick (38) reacts after allowing a solo home run to St. Louis Cardinals third baseman M. Carpenter (13) in the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals faced each other in the second of a four-game set at Busch Stadium in the Missouri city on Friday night.
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The Colorado Rockies never got anything going against Michael Wacha, and the St. Louis Cardinals relied on a two-run first inning — thanks to another Matt Carpenter home run — and a five-run seventh to run away with a 7-0 victory on Friday night at Busch Stadium.
Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Rockies, and in the first inning allowed a home run to Matt Carpenter (after Carpenter hit two home runs the previous night against the Rockies) and a sacrifice fly to Jason Heyward. Very quickly, the Rockies were down 2-0 — but Kendrick wouldn’t stick around, leaving after the first inning with right shoulder inflammation.
Aaron Laffey picked the Rockies up with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Rockies to follow Kendrick, though, and Gonzalez Germen took the Rockies even further (to the sixth inning) with the game still 2-0, despite the Rockies losing their starter after one inning.
However, in the sixth with two outs, Germen allowed a two-run double to Stephen Piscotty that broke the game open, and gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead with the Rockies having just three more trips to the plate ahead of them. Christian Friedrich then came on and allowed an RBI single, followed by a two-run home run from Jhonny Peralta, and the Cards found themselves ahead 7-0 thanks to the five-run inning.
The Cardinals, unfortunately for the Rockies, did not lose their starter after one inning. Michael Wacha was dominant on Friday night, going seven shut out innings while allowing just four hits and a walk, keeping the Rockies completely off balance all night and giving the Cardinals an easy slate to work with behind him.
The Colorado Rockies never mounted a serious challenge in the final few innings, and the game ended 7-0.
The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals continue their four-game series on Saturday night in St. Louis, before mercifully wrapping it up on Sunday afternoon.