The Colorado Rockies got a big swing from their best player and mostly played well in a place that has not been kind to them throughout their history but another seventh-inning collapse ultimately led to a St. Louis Cardinals walk-off 5-4 win in extras.
Both starters, Carlos Martinez and Tyler Anderson, pitched well in the early going but left the field handing a tough spot to their respective bullpens, ultimately ending in neither earning a decision.
Nolan Arenado came into this series in St. Louis with over 50 at-bats in Busch Stadium without having recorded a home run or even an RBI.
That all changed in the fifth inning. A pair of singles from Gerardo Parra and Charlie Blackmon plus a walk from Ian Desmond brought the Colorado Rockies superstar to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Rookie pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon (what a name!) left a fastball over the middle of the plate after inheriting the tough situation and Arenado launched it over the wall in deep center to break a scoreless tie in emphatic fashion.
It was the first grand slam ever hit by a Rockies player in St. Louis. It was Arenado’s 28th home run of the season and brought his RBI total to 79.