Gift runs not enough for Cards as bats fall silent, ‘pen falters in loss to Rockies


It was another rough day for the Cardinals. After an inspiring comeback win on Friday, they couldn’t pull off the same magic.

The defense caused trouble early, making two errors and forcing Kyle Gibson to throw more pitches. By the bottom of the sixth, the Rockies had a 3-0 lead.

But the Cardinals began to chip away and ultimately tied the game on what should have been an inning-ending double play ball from Paul Goldschmidt. Instead, Alan Trejo threw the ball away and allowed the run from third to score. Two additional runs followed. Then Nolan Arenado drove Goldy in from second to give St. Louis their first lead of the game.

Unfortunately, it didn’t last. The Rockies quickly tied it and went ahead on Ezequiel Tovar’s two-run shot. The Cardinals responded with one in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough, and they ultimately lost 6-5, costing themselves a series win against one of the worst teams in baseball. Let’s break this one down.

Quality start from Gibson

Kyle Gibson threw the ball really well, and while he wasn’t dominant by any means, he was solid. I actually felt bad for him. The defense forced him to throw more pitches than he needed to, and in my opinion, the dropped ball in center field by Dylan Carlson should have been ruled an error. On top of that, two of Gibson’s runs should not have been earned.

But I was impressed by the way he worked out of trouble in the first and limited the damage despite a poor showing from the defense. He gave up eight hits, but he struck out seven batters and allowed only two walks, keeping the Cardinals in the game and even having a chance to earn a win for himself.

Kittredge falters

I’m starting to get really worried about Andrew Kittredge. It’s clear that he, JoJo Romero, and Ryan Helsley have all been overworked. That’s not on Oli Marmol in my opinion, that’s on ownership and the front office for poor roster construction.

But he clearly was off today, and you could see just how frustrated he was. The 34-year-old’s ERA has gone all the way up to 3.54 recently. He’s got a 6.23 ERA in his last 15 games and a 7.71 mark in his last seven.

This is concerning, as he has been one of the Cardinals’ top relievers. But it’s clear that the way they’ve been operating lately isn’t sustainable.

Carp makes history

As I like to do after losses, I’ll finish this recap on a positive note. After falling behind 6-4, the Cardinals got one back when Matt Carpenter hit his first home run of the year. He made some history in the process too.

It was his 157th as a member of the Cardinals, and he passed Matt Holliday for 12th all-time in franchise history. It was also his 69th at Busch Stadium.

I know we haven’t seen much from Carp this season, but I really am glad to have him back, and it was good to see him inject some life into the crowd after Kittredge faltered. He truly is a St. Louis Cardinal, and we’re fortunate to have been able to witness his greatness.

Hopefully, this will get him going a bit. The Cardinals are going to need him while Lars Nootbaar is out, and he’s your best bet at the DH spot until then.



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