Eric Young Jr. led off the night for the Colorado Rockies with a bloop single over St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter’s head – no Rockies runner would reach again the rest of the night as Colorado’s offensive woes hit a new low.
Cardinals’ rookie pitcher Shelby Miller was lights out; nothing can be taken from his effort. He continued his streak of holding opposition hitters at three runs or less on the season.
He was as close to a perfect game as a pitcher can pitch without being perfect retiring 27 consecutive Rockies following the Young lead off single. Colorado hitters seemed to have a hard time picking up Miller’s fastball on the evening as he fanned 13 Rockies including short stop Troy Tulowitzki who would go down looking in all three at bats Friday night in St. Louis.
However, there was hesitation and frustration on the part of the Rockies offense most of the evening. Although the game remained competitive due to another strong Rockies pitching effort surrendering only three runs on the night, there never seemed to be any hint that Colorado was in the game due to a complete absence of any offense.
Colorado will attempt to regain their offensive mojo as they battle St. Louis in game two of the three game series tomorrow afternoon. If rock bottom is the momentum changer for a struggling offense, the trend should begin an upward motion this weekend. It certainly cannot get any worse than the beating the Cardinals’ rookie gave one of the more explosive offenses in baseball tonight.