After a missed call by the home plate umpire, a perfect bunt and a shallow fly ball to right, the Cardinals were able to score the game winning run on a sac fly. The play at the plate was a close one, and probably should’ve been handled by Ryan Hanigan, but instead it was botched and Colorado’s late game tying efforts were made worthless.
The game looked as though it would turn into another ugly one, as Jon Gray gave up two runs in the first, and quickly. Gray was able to settle down however and although he only got through five innings, it wasn’t a bad start. He did strikeout six and walked none, but the Cards had eight hits through five against him and did score the two runs early to build some momentum.
The two runs held up for a while as well with the Rockies recording only two hits against Lance Lynn through the first six innings. The offense had very little luck in this game and it took until the seventh to score a run. After a walk and a double, Lynn was removed for Siegrist who would face Parra. Parra, as he has done since coming off the DL, lifted a ball to give the Rockies their first run on a sac fly. Then Mark Reynolds walked to put two on for Cargo. But as the Rockies did all day long, Cargo grounded into a double play, one of three on the night for the Rockies.
With two strikes and no outs, Trevor Story tied the game up at 2-2. Story lifted a ball to left field that got out for his 14th homer of the year and the game was tied, erasing the two run deficit the Rockies had an inning earlier.
The Rockies threatened to break the tie in the ninth with two outs, putting men on first and second, but Trevor Story struck out looking to end the threat. The Cards then had a good chance to walk off on Colorado.
Jake McGee remained in the game to work the ninth and immediately got hurt by the umpire. With two strikes, the ump missed a call that would end up resulting in a double from Harrison Bader, his first career hit. A sac bunt moved him over to third and Jedd Gyorko came up, needing only a ball in play to possibly win the game. The Rockies played it well, shifting him to the right side of the outfield, even going as far as to remove the left fielder, but the throw from Cargo short hopped Hanigan to allow Bader to score.
It is hard to entirely blame Hanigan as the throw could’ve been better, but it was still a play he should have made, especially being a veteran. Regardless of the outcome, the Rockies still have another game to play and a game they need to win to avoid the sweep. Hoffman is on the mound and will hopefully do better than his three innings he gave last time out.