Shelby Miller leaves early as Cardinals are roughed up in loss to Rockies

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was a very long night for the Cardinals and Rockies Tuesday night at Coors Field, however, Shelby Miller‘s night was cut short, which is the last thing the Cardinals needed.

Miller retired 27 straight batters after allowing a lead-off infield single in his last start against Colorado a year ago, though this outing was the complete opposite.

Giving up three runs in the Bottom of the 1st as the Rockies took a 3-0 lead, something wasn’t quite right with the Cardinals’ starter. Indeed there wasn’t.

After Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia were placed on the 15 Day DL on Sunday afternoon with shoulder injuries, their starting rotation took anotherĀ  hit in their loss Tuesday night.

Lasting 2.2 innings allowing three runs, Miller left the game with back tightness as he threw 73 pitches.

Just like Sunday afternoon, the Cardinals were able to come back from an early 3-0 deficit. Jhonny Peralta tied the game at three with a two run shot in the Top of the 4th, his team leading 11th home run of the season.

The Cardinals led 4-3 heading to the Bottom of the 4th, but welcome to Coors Field, where basically no leads are safe.

Justin Morneau showed why, a three run shot to give the Rockies a 6-4 lead.

In the Bottom of the 7th with the Rockies up 6-5, Morneau did more damage as he drove in two more runs.

Matt Adams had six RBIs in last night’s win, Morneau did the same in game two of this series.

The Cardinals had one more shot in the Top of the 8th. With the tying run at the plate, Yadier Molina came into pinchhit for Tony Cruz as he singled to being up the bases loaded for Jon Jay. Jay struck out to end the threat.

The Rockies added two more in the Bottom of the 8th as they ended up winning 10-5 to end their seven game losing streak.

The Cardinals winning streak was snapped at three games.

Though after the game Mike Matheny told reporters Miller was dealing with back spasms and should he be okay for his next start.

The rubber game of this three game series is tomorrow afternoon as Marco Gonzales gets set to make his Major League debut with the call up to Double A.

It’s a big debut at that with the Cardinals using up most of their bullpen tonight with Greenwood, Maness, Freeman, Motte, and Choate.

Gonzales will be opposed by Yohan Flande, who will also be making his Major League debut tomorrow afternoon as Christian Bergman was scratched from Wednesday’s start, heading to the DL with a broken hand.

First pitch at 2:10 p.m. CT for the series finale.


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