Sunday’s Game Report: Rockies 3, Cardinals 2
The Cardinals will be glad not to see Elias Diaz for a while.
Diaz, who had a walkoff homer in the first of the four games between the Cardinals and Rockies, capped the series with a two-out walkoff single in the ninth inning on Sunday.
Diaz also homered on Friday night as the Rockies won three of the four games, and the Cardinals once again were limited to two runs on Sunday.
Here is how Sunday’s game broke down:
At the plate: The only Cardinals runs came on a home run by Harrison Bader in the second inning, but that was enough to c carry a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning before the Rockies rallied … The Cardinals finished with seven hits but were 0-of-5 with runners in scoring position.
On the mound: Carlos Martinez had to come out of the game in the fourth inning because of a bruised thumb, which he suffered while batting. The only hit he allowed was a home run by Trevor Story … The relievers combined to protect the 2-1 lead until the eighth, when Story hit a sacrifice fly off Giovanny Gallegos … In the ninth, Alex Reyes got the first two outs before Josh Fuentes singled. He went to second on a wild pitch, then scored on Diaz’s single.
Key stat: In his first trip back to Colorado as a visiting player, Nolan Arenado went 2-of-14.
Worth noting: Reyes was named to his first All-Star team as one of the NL pitchers on Sunday, joining Arenado on the team.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals will open a three-game series against the first-place Giants on Monday in San Francisco. Kwang Hyun Kim will get the start.