Game Report: Cardinals 6, Rockies 3

By Rob Rains

The “peek at the future” which John Mozeliak said he wanted to see over the final two months of this season looked pretty promising for the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

Six rookies played key roles in the win over the Rockies, including outfielders Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill. Bader doubled in the sicth and scored on a pinch-hit single by O’Neill that broke a 2-2 tie.

Daniel Poncedeleon, Austin Gomber, Dakota Hudson and Jordan Hicks combined to bail out a short start by Luke Weaver, holding the Rockies to just one hit over their 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

The quartet allowed only three baserunners, a walk by Poncedelon and a walk and two-out single by Hicks in the eighth. Gomber picked up his first career victory.

The game took 3 hours, 59 minutes, the longest nine-inning game for the Cardinals since July 15, 2000, when they played a 4 hour game against the White Sox in Chicago.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Bader started in center field and snapped an 0-of-15 streak with a single in the fourth inning which moved Yairo Munoz to third before he scored on a groundout by Poncedeleon – his first career RBI and first by a Cardinals’ pitcher since July 7 to tie the game at 2-2. … The first Cardinals run came in the third on an RBI single by Paul DeJong, who also snapped an 0-of-15 streak … In the sixth Bader doubled with one out and scored on the single by O’Neill, who had been 0-of-8 as a pinch-hitter in his career … Yadier Molina came into the game in an 0-of-14 streak but broke it with a pair of singles before driving in two insurance runs with his third hit of the game, a double, in the eighth … Bader also finished with three hits and both he and O’Neill also stole a base … Marcell Ozuna’s third hit, an RBI single in the eighth, drove in the final run for the Cardinals … Matt Carpenter walked three times and scored twice.

On the mound: Weaver failed to get through the third inning, the third time this season a Cardinals starter has not recorded nine outs. Three of the five hits he allowed came in the third, when the Rockies scored both of their runs … Poncedeleon stranded the two runners he inherited with an inning-ending strikeout and then worked two more hitless innings. He has now allowed just two hits in the first 11 2/3 innings with the Cardinals … Gomber and Hudson each worked perfect 1-2-3 innings before Hicks got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth … The three runs scored by the Cardinals in the eighth took away the save opportunity, so Mike Mayers worked the ninth, allowing the final Rockies run.

Key stat: Dexter Fowler started for the 13th time in the Cardinals 14 games since the All-Star break and was 0-of-4. He is a combined 8-of-45 over that stretch, a .178 average, with two doubles, one homer and four RBIs. In the six games so far on this homestand he is 2-of-19, both hits being singles.

Worth noting: Kolten Wong will have a one-game rehab appearance in Peoria on Thursday before he is expected to join the Cardinals on Friday in Pittsburgh and be activated from the disabled list … Dominic Leone, who has been out since May 5 because of a nerve issue in his right arm, pitched a scoreless inning for Memphis on Wednesday night, striking out two, as his rehab began … Also at Memphis, Adolis Garcia hit his 20th and 21st homers of the season. He has seven in his last six games and nine since July 22 … Carpenter stole his first base since July 15 of last year and only his third since 2015 … With the trade of Oscar Mercado to the Indians on Tuesday, Randy Arozarena was promoted from Springfield to take that toster spot in Memphis.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will wrap up the series against the Rockies and the homestand on Thursday with a 12:15 p.m. game. Miles Mikolas is the scheduled starter.

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