Please come to Denver to see Pham's home run
Way up into the bleachers
So far that it can't be found
And we'll watch Adam pitching
A clean seven
Then Rosie bringing the heat
While they swing round and round
Please come to Denver, I said yes! Boy, I can't wait to see
Hey Cardinals fans, why don't you settle down
Denver's just our kind of town
Hit home runs and strike out batters for me
I'm the number one fan of the team from Missouri
This game...was a very good game. Here are the main things that happened:
1. The Cardinals did all of the scoring. In the third inning, former Colorado Rocky (Rockie?) Dexter Fowler got things started with a one-out base hit. Tommy Pham (who had an excellent game) followed with another base hit, which allowed Fowler to go to third base. Yadier Molina, riding a 15-game hitting streak, extended it to 16 games with a third base hit in a row. Fowler scored, and Pham might have, but somehow did not. In any event, 1-0 Cardinals.
2. In the fifth inning, Fowler led off with a double. Pham followed with a 426-foot, two-run home run. 3-0 Cardinals!
3. Adam Wainwright started the game and pitched a beauty. Seven scoreless innings in Coors Field. His curve was curving, his slider was sliding, his fastball....well, it wasn't fasting. It was, uh, well-located. He looked like vintage Wainwright. It was good and I liked it.
4. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth inning. He got into a little trouble, not totally through fault of his own. He walked the first batter, but only after pitching the count full. Jim Edmonds assured us, several times, that Rosie was just too well-rested. The next batter, Gerardo Parra, grounded weakly to second base, but Jedd Gyorko could not come up with it cleanly. Everyone is safe. Two on, no one out. Not to worry, Rosenthal was READY. Cranking up his fastball to 101 mph several times, he struck out Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu. After another walk to Nolan Arenado (who's freaking out? me? no, I'm just fine, thank you), Carlos Gonzalez grounded out to end the inning. Whew.
5. Three Cardinals in a row walked with two outs in the ninth inning. Molina came up with the bases loaded, but could not drive in an insurance run. Luckily, we didn't need it. See 6., below.
6. Seung Hwan Oh got the call in the ninth inning. After allowing a lead off single to former Cardinal and current Is-He-Still-a-Major-League-Baseball-Player? Mark Reynolds, Oh struck out Ian Desmond and Trevor Story. The final hitter of the night, Tony Wolters, hit a fly ball down the left field line that looked like it might be trouble. But, out of nowhere... is that a bird? Is that a plane? No! It's...Tommy Pham! With a sliding catch to end the game!
Cardinals win 3-0. Watch Lance Lynn take on German Marquez in the rubber match tomorrow at 2:10 CT.