The Official St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies thread 18/06/06

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by Vegito728, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Okay here's my preview of today's game 3.


    Pitching matchup
    COL: LHP Josh Fogg (5-5, 3.76)
    Fogg was the beneficiary of a five-run rally in the sixth inning of his last outing against Washington. The right-hander picked up his first career win against the Nationals, going six innings and allowing one run on six hits in the process. Fogg threw 97 pitches, 59 for strikes, in the game and worked out of a bases-loaded, fourth-inning jam.

    STL: RHP Chris Carpenter (5-3, 2.54)
    Carpenter shook off the rust his last time out, looking like the man who blitzed the National League last summer. He's made a small mechanical correction, allowing him to get more downward bite on his pitches, and there's no reason to think he can't run off a string of outstanding starts.

    Player to Watch
    Jim Edmonds is batting .400 (8-for-20) with two homers against Fogg.
     

  2. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Okay here's my review of game 3.


    Scott Rolen is swinging the bat so well right now that all he needs is one mistake to put the St. Louis Cardinals in front.

    Rolen hit a two-run homer off Fogg, Chris Carpenter allowed one run in seven innings and the Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

    Rolen's ninth homer in the first inning snapped a 1-for-18 drought against the Rockies this season. The hit came before a 40-minute rain delay in the second.

    Rolen is 14-for-37 (.378) in his last 10 games and has been a strong force for the Cardinals since NL MVP Albert Pujols went on the 15-day disabled list on June 4 with a strained right side muscle. His return is apparently still at least a week away.

    St. Louis has won four straight overall and seven of its last 10.

    Carpenter (6-3) gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked one. So Taguchi went 2-for-4, scored two runs, and has hit safely in 11 of his last 17 starts for the Cardinals. Taguchi singled and stole second in the second inning, advanced to third on catcher J.D. Closser's throwing error and scored on Juan Encarnacion's groundout.


    Fogg (4-5) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits over five innings. Fogg, who threw 92 pitches, had given up one home run on the road this season before Rolen went deep.


    The Rockies have lost three straight after starting their seven-game road trip with a four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals.


    Carpenter (6-3) didn't give up a run after the third inning. He struck out a career-high 13 in his previous start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last season's NL Cy Young Award winner has allowed one earned run in his last 14 innings.


    Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.

    Cory Sullivan was 2-for-3 and scored the only Rockies run after going hitless in his last three games.

    Aaron Miles hit an RBI triple in the fourth to put the Cardinals ahead 4-1. Miles batted leadoff in place of David Eckstein, who missed his third straight game with a mild concussion.

    Trainer Barry Weinberg said Eckstein is expected to return Tuesday.

    And here are some game notes
    Rolen made a hard backhanded stop up the third-base line and retired Atkins at first with an off-balance throw in the third. ... Rolen has scored in eight of his last nine games. ... Fogg has won one game (May 31, 2002) in 12 career starts against the Cardinals.
     

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