Adam Wainwright, no matter how he is pitching in the year, always seems to have the Rockies number. Saturday night was no exception as he once again dominated the Rockies lineup from top to bottom. Kyle Freeland was good, but not nearly good enough and even if he had kept the Cards scoreless, he did not get any run support.
Saturday’s game was much a role reversal from Friday without the blowout by the bullpen. Two pitchers dueled late into the game, but one just came away as the more effective. Wainwright was the reason for that during this game and it gave the Cardinals the win and tied the series up at a game apiece.
While it is hard to fault the Rockies when a pitcher has your number, there was an opportunity late that Colorado failed to capitalize on. After Wainwright was removed, the Rockies final started to threaten and were put right back in the game.
In the eighth, Trevor Rosenthal came on and nearly lost the lead. He walked the leadoff batter Tony Wolters to begin the inning and then Parra reached on an error by Jedd Gyroko at first. The Rockies had the top of the order coming up with two men on and no outs so it looked pretty good for Colorado.
Red hot Charlie Blackmon came up, but Rosenthal bared down and got Blackmon to strike out on a changeup. LeMahieu then came up only to have the same result. An inning that looked good turned sour really quickly with two strikeouts and no runners advancing. Arenado then walked to load the bases, but Cargo could not get a hit and the Rockies finished the inning without any harm done.
The loss definitely stinks, but it came on a night when Arizona lost and it still gives the Rockies the chance to win the series on Sunday. That is something they definitely need to do as Arizona and Los Angeles are 1 game and 1.5 games back respectively. Every win and every chance to extend that division lead is vital, especially down the stretch, as neither of the two trailing teams seem to be slowing down.
German Marquez takes the bump in the finale against Lance Lynn. Blackmon, Parra, and Desmond have all had success off of Lynn, more so than anyone had against Wainwright, so this game looks a little more positive for Colorado, especially since they have been good at rebounding after a loss.