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Through seven innings of Friday’s game, the Cardinals and Rockies were dueling on the mound. Both Carlos Martinez and Antonio Senzatela were dealing and neither team’s offense was doing that great, though the Rockies did score a couple off of Martinez. But that all changed, at least for the Rockies, in the eighth inning.
The inning started harmlessly enough with Gerardo Parra striking out. However, the red hot Blackmon came up to the plate and launched a homer to right field to start the scoring onslaught for Colorado. With the home run, Martinez was taken out of the game giving up three runs over 7.1 innings with nine strikeouts.
With Martinez off the mound, the Rockies felt free to open up the rout and that is what they would do with their eight run eighth inning. Four singles, three doubles, and two home runs in the inning would give Colorado all the insurance runs they needed to bury the Cards late. Along with Blackmon’s home run, he also had an RBI single in the inning and finished 4-4 only a double short of the cycle. Mark Reynolds also hit a homer in the inning, a three-run shot, to stay on Blackmon’s heels for the league RBI lead.
While this was not the most important win of the season, it may have been the best and most rounded one. Antonio Senzatela absolutely rebounded after a couple of rough outings. The offense was obviously eager to be home. And even the defense was stellar, turning four double plays behind Sensei and making a couple highlight reel plays as well.
Senzatela would finish after eight innings of shutout baseball with only three strikeouts, but eleven ground outs which is a large reason he was able to keep St. Louis off the board. With how much hate Rockies hitters get for playing at Coors Field, this win should be like a perfect game for a Coors pitcher.
Something that is always common is the lack of respect a Colorado pitcher gets when they play well at home. A hitter is always talked about with his home/away splits, but when a pitcher, like the Rockies rookies have been doing this year, dominates at Coors, it is just overlooked as another game. If hitting is so easy, than the pitchers should get some increased recognition for doing so well at home.
The Rockies send another rookie to the hill for a 7:10 game against the Cards. They face Adam Wainwright who, while not the pitcher he once was, still dominates when he faces the Rockies. Obviously Colorado can win a game by beating the bullpen, but getting some early runs for Freeland would always be nice.