St. Louis Cardinals (20-13) vs. Colorado Rockies (20-13)
Game No. 34- May 9, 2006 - Busch Stadium
GAME TIME: The Cardinals (20-13), start the night a game and a half back of the Cincinnati Reds, in the NL Central Division. The first place Rockies (20-13) are a game and a half ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in the NL Western Division.
The Cardinals set a franchise record with 17 wins in April, but have fallen on hard times this month.
The Cardinals started the month of May 0-4 for the first time since 1958. Their worst start to the month of May (since 1900) was 0-9 in 1903.
The Colorado Rockies look to continue their solid road play when they face the Cardinals tonight.
Colorado (20-13) have won four straight and nine of their last 12 overall and tied the Cincinnati Reds for the most road victories in the NL with their 6-2 win over St. Louis in the series opener Monday night.
The Cardinals have to watch out for the sweep by Colorado. The Rockies recorded their 3rd sweep of the season over the weekend against Houston, the club's first home sweep this year. The team has swept 2 road series this season, April 7-9 at San Diego and April 28-30 at Florida and will be looking to make it a third this week against St. Louis.
ROSTER MOVES: Cardinals starting pitcher Sidney Ponson was placed on the 15-day DL today, retroactive to yesterday. Ponson left the game Sunday after 3.0 IP with discomfort in his right elbow that was diagnosed as an acute flexor muscle strain in his right elbow.
LHP Tyler Johnson was recalled from Memphis (AAA) to take his place on the roster. He is expected to pitch in middle relief until Ponson returns.
Yesterday outfielder Larry Bigbie was activated from the 15-day DL and outfielder John Gall reassigned to Triple-A Memphis. Bigbie missed the first 32 games of the season with a left heel fracture and while rehabbing at Memphis, saw action in 11 games and hit .143 (5-35)...in eight games, one start, with St. Louis Gall was 3-12 (.250).
TONIGHT'S STARTING PITCHERS:
STL - Chris Carpenter
Makes his 8th start of the season tonight, his second career appearance vs. COL.
Carpenter faced the Rockies for the first time last season on 7/1 at Busch Stadium and earned a 6-0 win. He blanked COL for 7.2 IP, allowing just five hits while fanning nine. Aaron Miles had two of the Rockies five hits in that contest.
Carpenter is 8-1 with a 3.18 ERA (87.2 IP/31 ER) in 13 starts vs. NL West opponents as a member of the Cardinals. St. Louis is 50-18 (.735 win pct.) in games he's started in his two-plus seasons.
COL - Josh Fogg
Signed by the Colorado Rockies as a free agent during the off season, the 29-year-old right-hander is making his 7th start of the season, the 126th start and 143rd appearance of his career tonight.
Fogg started the season, 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA (17.2 ip, 7 er) in his first 3 starts but is 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA (15.1 ip, 12 er) in his previous 3 outings.
Josh is 1-8, 7.95 (48.2 ip, 43 er) in 12 games/10 starts in his career vs. St. Louis.
C. Sullivan - CF
J. Carroll - 2B
T. Helton - 1B
G. Atkins - 3B
M. Holliday - LF
B. Hawpe - RF
C. Barnes - SS
M. Ojeda - C
J. Fogg - P
D. Eckstein - SS
J. Rodriguez - RF
A. Pools - 1B
J. Edmonds - CF
S. Rolen - 3B
L. Bigbie - LF
Y. Molina - C
A. Miles - 2B
C. Carpenter - P
Larry Bigbie gets the start in left field tonight, with John Rodriguez getting his third start in right this season. Bigbie should eventually get a chance to play fairly regularly against right-handers, but he'll have to earn it. At the moment, he might be behind both So Taguchi and John Rodriguez in line for starts in left field.
John Rodriguez stretched his hitting streak to Cards' season-high 8 games Friday night, going 2-5, and walked in PH appearance Saturday night, to keep his hitting streak alive.
TO THE GAME
1st Inning - A Walk About
TOP: Carpenter walks two batters in the first inning, but gets out of it without giving up a run.
BOTTOM: With two outs, Albert Pujols, doubles down the left field line and Edmonds follow ups with an RBI single and the Cardinals go ahead 1-0.
The Cardinals are 13-4 for the season when scoring first.
2nd Inning - One Hit Wonders
TOP: The Rockies pick up their first hit of the night and Carpenter walks his third batter and Colorado leaves two runners stranded on the bases, that is sure to come back and haunt them with Chris Carpenter on the mound for St. Louis.
BOTTOM: Miles gets a base hit, but is left on base when Chris Carpenter strikes out to end the inning.
At the end of two, the Cardinals lead Colorado 1-0.
3rd Inning - The Error of Their Ways
TOP: Eckstein and Miles both commit errors in the 3rd to help Colorado to push a runner across home plate, to tie the game at one run a piece.
BOTTOM: St. Louis goes down in order in the bottom of the third.
At the end of three, it's St. Louis 1 - Colorado 1
4th Inning - Carpenter in control
TOP: The Rockies left runners on base in the first four innings and this is probably going to leave a scar on their won - loss record.
It's three up, three down and for the first time, the Rockies didn't leave anyone on base.
BOTTOM: The Cardinals go down in order, and Bigbie in his first game back, is 0-for-2, with a strike out in the second and a ground out in the fourth, in his first two at bats.
The score remains 1 a piece through the fourth inning.
5th Inning - Take the Fifth
No body wanted to take the fifth, with each team getting a hit and leaving a runner on base.
6th Inning - Error of their ways
Top: The Cardinals, yes the Cardinals make their third error of the evening. This time it's a throwing error by catcher Yadier Molina, that allow Fogg to reach base on a fielder's choice.
BOTTOM: The Cardinals go down in order and fans must be wondering where is the Cardinals offense.
7th Inning - 7th Heaven
TOP: With two outs, Colorado left fielder Matt Holliday hits his third home run of the series to give the Rockies the lead. Hawpe struck out to end the inning.
BOTTOM: Carpenter is taken out of the game, the line on Chris, 7 IP, 4 Hits, 2 Runs, 1 earn run on the Matt Holliday, homer and Carpenter walked six batters and struck out six.
Miles gets another base hit, but that is all the offense the Redbirds could muster.
At the end of seven, it's Colorado 2 - St. Louis 1
8th Inning - Pujols takes charge
TOP: Adam Wainwright is in for Chris Carpenter and he retires the side in order.
BOTTOM: Pujols hit's a three run home run to score David Eckstein and Juan Encarnacion ahead of him, to give the Cardinals the lead, with all the offense St. Louis would need.
9th Inning - That's a Winner
TOP: Jason Isringhausen is in to close the game and he retires the side in order, striking out all three batters he faced.
Adam Wainwright picks up his first major league win of the season, after retiring the three batters he faced in the eighth.
Wed., May 10 vs. ROCKIES: Jeff Suppan (3-2, 4.46) vs. Byung-Hyun Kim (1-0, 3.29) 12:10 p.m.*%
Thu., May 11: OPEN DATE
Sun., May 14 vs. D-BACKS: Chris Carpenter (3-2, 2.35+) vs. Miguel Batista (3-1+, 5.29) 1:15 p.m.#
Mon., May 15: OPEN DATE
Times listed are Central...All games broadcast on KTRS Radio
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