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The Rockies came close on Monday with a brief rally in the ninth, but they couldn’t overcome the three run deficit and lost to the Cardinals by a final score of 5-3. Tyler Anderson pitched well, besides being able to stop the bleeding that came after an error and finished allowing five runs (two earned).
The offense had a lot of missed opportunities against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals and scoring only two runs through the first eight was not nearly enough. The Rockies got a run in the first on a David Dahl single and they scored another on Arenado’s single. But aside from those hits, they went 2-10 with runners in scoring position and left ten on base over the course of the game.
Anderson ran into trouble in the third and fourth innings, but the third was more his fault. Randal Grichuk hit his 23rd of the year to score two runs. Then in the fourth after getting two outs, Anderson allowed a single. Then a rare error by Nolan cost the Rockies what would end up being a big inning. A double and a single drove three runs in and the Rockies saw the tie game go to a three run deficit.
Anderson was good outside of those two innings and he did manage to go seven innings while walking none and striking outs seven. This game very well could have ended up a win had Nolan been able to make the play in the fourth, but instead it put the Cards into a tie for the second wild card spot.
The ninth inning saw a mini Rockies rally that brought the winning run to the plate. Ryan Raburn hit a home run to start the inning to bring the Rockies within two. Then a single with and a walk put two men on and Arenado came to the plate with two out. Arenado was even facing a lefty, but he was unable to create a hit as he scorched a ball right at the left fielder that was caught for the final out of the game.
The Rockies will try and stop the Cards on Tuesday with De La Rosa on the mound, but it will be no easy task. They need to create some more offense to win this one, and that has been shaky against Wainwright this year.