Cardinals rip the Rockies behind Nolan Arenado, Albert Pujols
It’s the uncooked deal that retains on haunting the Rockies.
Cardinals star third baseman Nolan Arenado blasted his former staff Wednesday evening, developing a triple in need of the cycle within the Redbirds’ 9-5 victory at Coors Field.
Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols rapped out 4 hits and in addition got here up a triple in need of the cycle as St. Louis battered Colorado pitching for 18 hits, a lot to the delight of the red-hued crowd of 35,164. Shortstop Paul DeJong tied a career-high with 4 hits.
The Rockies made some noise late, scoring three runs on 5 hits off reliever Chris Stratton, but it surely was too little, too late.
Colorado, final within the National League West, fell to 6-14 for the reason that All-Star break. The Cardinals, leaders of the NL Central, improved to 9-2 of their final 11 video games.
It was a troublesome evening for Rockies starter Kyle Freeland, who entered the evening driving a three-game win streak with a 2.41 ERA. The left-hander departed after 4 1/3 innings, the sufferer of six St. Louis runs on 10 hits.
Arenado ripped an RBI double to the left-field wall off Freeland within the first, stroked a single off him within the fourth, and launched a two-out, solo homer off lefty Austin Gomber within the sixth.
Gomber, by the way in which, was a part of the Feb. 1, 2021 commerce that despatched the disgruntled Arenado to St. Louis. The Rockies, by the way in which, will likely be paying $21 million of Arenado’s wage subsequent season.
Arenado’s homer, his twenty third, traveled 403 toes and landed within the large UC Health Charity mitt past the left-field wall. Anytime a Rockies participant hits the mitt, it triggers a $5,000 donation to the American Cancer Society by way of the Colorado Rockies Foundation. The donation shouldn’t be robotically activated when an opposing participant homers into the mitt.
Immediately following Arenado’s homer, Pujols, enjoying his last season, hit a 412-foot homer to left off of Gomber. It was profession homer No. 687 for Pujols, who ranks fifth in main league historical past, 9 behind Alex Rodriguez.
St. Louis lefty Jose Quintana, acquired from Pittsburgh on the commerce deadline, saved Colorado in verify for six innings, scattering seven hits and giving up two runs.
In the third, Yonathan Daza led off with a single, scooted to 3rd on Charlie Blackmon’s double, and scored on Jose Iglesias’ sacrifice fly to proper. Iglesias additionally doubled within the fifth and scored on C.J. Cron’s triple into the right-field nook. It was Cron’s third triple of the season.
Designated hitter Elehuris Montero went 2-for-4 and prolonged his hitting streak to 9 video games and has 5 consecutive multi-hit video games, tied for probably the most by a rookie in Rockies historical past.
Freeland was off his sport from the start.
He walked leadoff hitter Dylan Carlson, coaxed a groundout from Tommy Edmonds, after which gave up 5 consecutive hits, together with an Arenado’s double down the left-field line and a run-scoring single by Pujols. By the time the inning was over, the Cardinals had despatched 10 males to the plate, taken a 5-0 lead and compelled Freeland to throw 37 pitches.
The two golf equipment will play for the sequence victory on Thursday afternoon at Coors. The Rockies routed St. Louis, 16-5, on Tuesday.