Rockies go hitless after third inning, lose fourth straight
The Colorado Rockies had a new look at the top their lineup Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but everything else was all too familiar as the Rockies fell 10-3 in the first of a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals. The loss was the Rockies’ fourth in a row and seventh in their past eight.
The Rockies were outhit by the Cardinals 19-5 and managed only one substantial threat in the game.
With the game tied 3-3 in the third, the Rockies had an excellent opportunity to take control of the game.. singled to start the inning and, after moving to second on a groundout, scored the tying run on a single by . then singled and walked to load the bases with one out. But struck out and grounded out to end the inning. The Rockies did not have another runner until the eighth inning when Gonzalez was hit by a pitch. Wigginton was also hit by a pitch in the ninth, but the Rockies did not have a hit after the third inning.
, regressing after two solid starts, allowed six earned runs on 12 hits and two walks in six innings as he fell to 0-5. A pair of defensive plays — Todd Helton throwing out a runner at the plate in the second inning and Jimenez picking off Lance Berkman in the third — kept things from getting worse for Jimenez, but he was hurt by a pair of plays as well. In the third, Berkman singled to right, and Albert Pujols was able to go first to third when Spilborghs first took too long getting the ball back into the infield and then his throw to third, which would have had Pujols, hit him in the back. In the sixth when the Cardinals started to break the game open, a bad route on a line drive to center by Young turned what could have been an out into a triple for Colby Rasmus.
Jimenez was followed by, who gave three runs in an inning of work, and , who allowed one run in two innings in his major league debut.