Game Recap: Rockies 8, Cardinals 7

July 7, 2010 | 9:54 pm | 15  

Key to the Game
The Colorado Rockies’ late-inning hitting woes are far behind them. For the second consecutive night, the Rockies pulled off a big comeback against the St. Louis Cardinals and, also for the second consecutive night, a Chris Iannetta ninth-inning home run was key.

The Rockies were down 7-4 to start the bottom of the eighth inning. Brad Eldred doubled, Ian Stewart walked and Dexter Fowler, who struggled against right-handers until his recent recall, clobbered a three-run home run from the left side of the plate to tie the game 7-7.

In the bottom of the ninth, Iannetta, who hit a three-run home run in the Rockies’ ninth-inning rally Tuesday, led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run to put the Rockies on top.

Other Highlights
– Chris Iannetta is 8-for-24, with four home runs and nine RBI in his past six games.
– Dexter Fowler is 12-for-25 with two doubles, four triples, a home run, 10 runs scored and six RBI in his past six games.
– Brad Eldred, who was called up Wednesday to take Todd Helton‘s spot on the roster, was 3-for-4 with three runs scored in his first major-league game since 2007.
– Ian Stewart, who didn’t enter the game until he pinch-hit for Aaron Cook, accounted for four of the Rockies’ runs. He drove in two with a pinch-hit single in the fifth inning, one more with a single in the sixth and scored after walking in the eighth inning.
Clint Barmes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with a sixth-inning single.
Jonathan Herrera was 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .320. Since taking over the full-time job at second base, Herrera has hit safely in 17 of 18 games.
Carlos Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with a double. He is 7-for-11 in the series.
Matt Belisle and Huston Street pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings. Street picked up his first win of the season.

15 Comments »

  • Rob | July 7, 2010 | 9:59 pm

    Wow. What else can you say.

    This team is so fun to watch.

  • Miketober | July 7, 2010 | 10:11 pm

    I think I know what happened.
    Torrealba took our mojo with him to SD.
    Herrera and Fowler somehow stole it back by way of AAA and brought it to LoDo.

  • RocketMan | July 7, 2010 | 10:22 pm

    Wow oh WOW! Missed the fun last night as I gave up at the top of the 9th after listening to the dregs during the fitfth through eighth during the drive down I25 from Ft. Collins. Wasn’t going to give up tonight! Contributions from everyone. Love to see Ianetta making a difference given his tough year. Dex is amazingly improved. Stewart is actually hitting what’s pitched. And what a job by Eldred. Still think Chacin has more potential than Cookie. Really miss Matt hitting homers at Coors–and curveballs at that. Jeez. We could be leading the division at the break….

  • robba | July 7, 2010 | 10:37 pm

    Loved it. Good situational hitting, umps not a factor. Way cool. We continue to burn the birds bullpen. Rock on!

  • Bill | July 7, 2010 | 10:55 pm

    Coors Field Magic is back. Tonight I didn’t and watched or listened to the entire game. Great clutch hitting by some guys who started off poorly this year: Stewart, Fowler and Ianetta. Gonzo has hit all year. And watching Herrara and Eldred you kinda of wonder why did it take so long to bring them up.

    Mora got a big hit also but come-on, he can’t be your cleanup hitter. I know we’ve been winning without Tulo but there is no way this team is better with Mora batting 4th rather than Tulo. Interesting decisions will follow when #2 does come back. Does Barmes go back to 2nd and Herrara sit. That will probably happen but one could argue that the key to the Rockies revival has been a real #2 hitter in Herrara to move runners along. With Dex leading off and Cargo at #3 where he should have been all year we are beginning to see a real line-up. Tulo batting 4th, Hawpe or Smitty 5th and so on. Stewart looks like he may be over his month and a half slump. Funny last night Ianetta comes in the game late and drives in 4, tonight Ian comes in late and drives in 3. Way to pick up the team.

    A couple of sore spots during the game. One obviously was Cook. He wasn’t as bad as Francis was last night but he wasn’t sharp. Is it a coincidence that both Francis and Cookie had bad games after learning that they wouldn’t be the one bumped from the rotation when DLR comes back?

    I’m also probably being picky but our defense wasn’t great tonight. No errors but Eldred, Mora and Herrara probably could have made plays that they missed and Spilly took a really bad route on the Rasmus single in the 6th. Of course Tyler Greene’s error for the Cards hurt them alot worse.

    Looking forward to listening to tomorrow’s game between Ubaldo and Carpenter. We’ve been pretty good at beating aces this year.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | July 7, 2010 | 11:43 pm

    Cook’s night really turned around Elred’s inabilty to make a rather average big-league play on the first ball of the game. Eldred makes that play and Cook has a 1-2-3 inning instead of facing seven hitters. that changes the whole complexion. Cook is a ground ball pitcher and if he doesn’t get quality defense his stat line will be skewed, often with earned runs that are in reality very tainted.

  • Rocky | July 7, 2010 | 11:54 pm

    The Rockies are beating another team that wears red. Can life get any better?

    I’ll be there for Thursday’s game, hope that U-man gets back on track and keeps it going.

    Hey Tracy, love your comments, and insights. Hope you are here more often.

  • gary | July 8, 2010 | 2:55 am

    Tracy,you and apologist,I can’t believe it. Eldred had about 30 minutes to get ready for the big stage.Moreover,there was nothing “groundball like” in Holiday,or Jays big flys!They were really what did Cook in,plus Coors field is supposed to be his panacea for road woes!However,great to see u post here since I 1st came here after learning this was where u landed after demise of my beloved “Rocky”.Love u on FSN,U are always the sharpest dressed guy on that crew!

  • Dustin | July 8, 2010 | 6:40 am

    6.1 seconds.

    That was the hangtime on Iannetta’s HR.

  • Karl | July 8, 2010 | 7:38 am

    Great debut at plate for Eldred, but botched play in first inning, glad he and the team were able to bounce back. I don’t know Coach Tracy, but guessing his philosophy is more onto the defensive side of things is why he tried to ride Helton so long and also stuck with Barmes before June 1st turnaround. Hopefully Helton is able to come back stronger in less than two weeks and be good to go for the next 90 days that the team WILL need him. In meantime, Giambi and Eldred are good reliable alternatives. If Iannetta keeps swinging with power, might be hard not to put him at first on days when Ubaldo or DLR are pitching. But both of them do put balls in play as well, just less reliant on contact and defense that the rest are.

    Would also like to see someone else hit in 4 hole when Giambi not starting than Mora. He is not going to provide protection to CarGo, that’s what makes his series even more amazing is he is just flat raking the ball. Perhaps time to put Stewart or Iannetta there for today and this weekend?

  • Agbayani | July 8, 2010 | 8:19 am

    Chris Iannetta:

    career OPS: 807

    season OPS after last night: 807

    funny how things tend to even out like that. This is a very good major league catcher. An 807 OPS is not what you want from a first baseman, but when the other options are an old and hurt Helton, an immobile Giambi, and believe it or not an even more immobile Eldred, it’s time to start thinking about it seriously. And if Hawpe wants to stay a Rockie with that 10 million dollar club option next year, he better live, eat, sleep, whatever with a first baseman’s glove on during the All Star break. The talent is here in house to take over for Helton. A Hawpe-Iannetta platoon (with Helton as a defensive sub and Giambi as a pinch hitter) looks better to me than a Ty Wigginton or Melvin Mora at 1B.

  • Konaman | July 8, 2010 | 8:30 am

    Wow, what a great night again. It is nice to have some hitting at first base again. Hope it continues for at least 4 more months. Maybe Ubaldo should square one up with Holiday’s back today to slow him down. Keep it going Rox!!

  • Karl | July 8, 2010 | 9:17 am

    Agbayani, you have my vote for those options, I say stay in house and don’t go after others outside of organization that are more costly.

  • Robb | July 8, 2010 | 11:19 am

    I don’t know that you can blame Cook’s outing being turned around on Eldred not getting a ground ball from the first batter of the game as Tracy wrote. It was something he had plenty of time to overcome and still gave up 3 more runs in 4 other innings. Funny how two weeks ago the Rockies needed hitters by the truckload and now the pitching has become inconsistent. Once they put those two together, they will be very difficult to beat; moreso than now. Pads lost two in a row now to Washington; things are getting warm for them. I truly hope Todd can come back this season and contribute, but Eldred did a good job in his first game. We’ll see.

  • Dan | July 8, 2010 | 2:29 pm

    Rocks need to get better production out of both Cook and Francis if they are going to make a serious run. Before the season, I thought they would be lucky to get 5 or 6 wins from Francis. Now I am starting to believe that was optimistic. Maybe it takes longer to get over his arm surgery than most of us thought. Cook had a terrible spring and it has continued. Gotta have better outings from the 2 vets that were supposed to carry this staff.