Colorado Rockies Can’t Get Bats Going, Lose 3-2 On St. Louis Cardinals Walkoff Single


Aug 2, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Yohan Flande (58) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals played a getaway day game Sunday afternoon at the Cards’ Busch Stadium. 

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The Colorado Rockies hung tough behind starter Yohan Flande and more than three good innings of work from the bullpen, but in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 2-2 game, Brandon Moss hit an RBI single off Rockies’ reliever Scott Oberg, and the St. Louis Cardinals won a walk-off, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.

Yohan Flande started for the Rockies, and threw the ball very well — he had a no-hitter for three innings, and took a shutout into the fifth.

Randal Grichuk hit a two-run home run off Flande in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 2-0 game for the Cardinals, but other than that, Flande wasn’t hit hard at all and exited after his five innings having thrown another very good start as a temporary member of the rotation.

Flande allowed just four hits, and no walks, while striking out three in his five innings of work, throwing 43 of his 72 pitches for strikes on the afternoon, and lowering his ERA to 3.67.

His counterpart, Jaime Garcia, also threw well and departed early, lasting exactly one batter into the sixth inning before Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny pulled him from the game.

In that inning, Ben Paulsen‘s double scored DJ LeMahieu to make it a 2-1 game, and then a wild pitch by reliever Steve Cishek with Paulsen on third made the game 2-2 and absolved Flande from taking a tough-luck loss.

From there, the bullpens took over, and each team was shut down well into the ninth, until Oberg got in trouble and gave up the game-winning single with two runners on and just one out.

Oberg is now 2-2 on the year, after giving up the Cardinals’ eighth walk-off win of the season.

From St. Louis, the Rockies will return home for a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners, before hitting the road again for a long, tough east coast road trip.

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