But we have grown to accept this sad fact.
Kelly did rebound well from his last start, surrendering no runs on three hits and two walks in 5 innings. After being checked out by trainers with two outs in the 5th, Kelly was able to get the last out of the inning and turned the ball over to bullpen. We did get a little nervous about TESS 13' for a smidge, but Carlos Martinez, Seth Maness, John Axford, and Kevin Seigrist were able to preserve a win for ol' Goggles.
The real story of the night was the offense. SO MUCH OFFENSE. In fact, there is so much to discuss, I think list format might work best.
Starting from the top, Matt Carpenter Matted his way to his 60th multi-hit game this year and his 17th three-hit game. He also had two, 2 out RBI on the night and scored 2 runs, extending his MLB lead in runs scored to 119, which is 13 runs above the second place Mike Trout.
Jon Jay had a lovely night, going 3 - 5 with a double and adding to his team leading 8th stolen base.
Matt Holliday had a GAME against his former team, getting on base 5 times, going 4 - 4 with 3 RBI and 1 walk. He also scored two runs and made two nifty plays in left field. He raised his wRC+ up two points tonight and was the ever elusive triple away from the cycle. But don't forget Matt's defensive prowess. He accounted for 26% of the outs with seven - mark it: seven - put outs on that side of the ball.
Beltran... He was voted as the Cardinal Roberto Clemente Award Recipient Nominee. Good for him!
Matt Adams went 2 - 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Yawn.
With a wonderful diving stop and a 2 - 3 night, David Freese, was one of the few Cardinals (cough Beltran cough) not to notch an RBI tonight. His power seems to be returning just in time for a very exciting pennant race.
Daniel Descalso broke open the game in the 3rd with his first triple of the year scoring Matt Adams and David Freese and giving the Birdos a 8 - 0 lead.
The Cardinals totaled 11 runs on 18 hits.
Looking to tonight, the Cards will turn to their ace to continue their winning ways. Wainwright is coming off a 7 inning 1 run game last Saturday against the Mariners. Opposing him will be the 7 - 4 righty, Tyler Chatwood, who threw 110 pitches in just 4 2/3 innings his previous start. One thing to look out for will be the movement of Waino's curve ball. Waino's signature pitch loses around 1 inch of horizontal movement and 1.5 inches of vertical movement at Coors Field. Waino will need to be careful when using this pitch as it looks to get hit for .164 average at Coors, a .053 increase from other parks.