Cook’s rough sixth inning buries Rockies
gave the Colorado Rockies five good innings Friday night, but everything unraveled in his sixth as the St. Louis Cardinals took the first of a three-game series, 6-1.
Cook faced just one over the minimum in the first four innings, allowing one run in the second when Lance Berkman, who doubled with one out in the inning, scored on a David Freese single. Cook walked two in the fifth, one intentionally, but with the help of double plays in the second and fourth he recorded 14 of 15 outs in the first five innings with ground balls and allowed just the one run
But facing the Cardinals lineup for a third time in the sixth, Cook’s night fell apart. The first six batters in the inning reached with four singles, a double and an intentional walk, pushing four runs across and putting the Cardinals up 5-1. Cook allowed one more run in the inning, giving up a two-out single to Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse before giving way to reliever.
Escalona walked one and struck out two in 2 1/3 innings.
Rockies hitters, meanwhile, produced just five hits against Lohse and two relievers.homered to start the fourth inning and later loaded the bases in the inning with a double, the 550th of his career, and walks to and . Cook flied out to end that threat, and the Rockies didn’t put another runner on base until the seventh when Iannetta singled with one out. The Rockies did have another runner reach base until the ninth when . walked and moved up to second after was hit by a pitch.
The Rockies left eight runners on base and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.