Rockies get strong effort from Senzatela, defeat Cardinals again

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“Every day is a test.”

That’s certainly one of supervisor Bud Black’s pet phrases, one which carries added weight for a lot of younger gamers because the Rockies play out September.

Proper-hander Antonio Senzatela definitely handed a giant check Wednesday evening in Colorado’s 2-1 victory over St. Louis. The Rockies rode a go-ahead solo homer from Ian Desmond within the sixth inning to win their second straight over the Cardinals, who’re attempting to nail down a Nationwide League Central title.

Senzatela, attempting to realize traction for subsequent season by performing nicely on the tail finish of this season, allowed one run on 4 hits over six innings. He struck out 5, walked two and notched his first high quality begin since June 23.

Colorado’s bullpen did its half, blanking St. Louis for 3 innings, with Jairo Diaz notching his third save with a tightrope act within the ninth.

A stroll and a throwing error by third baseman Nolan Arenado put Diaz in hassle, however he induced Tommy Edman to hit right into a groundball double play. Then after Diaz walked pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter, the right-hander bought pinch-hitter Rangel Ravelo to line out to Desmond in left to finish the sport.

The Cardinals burdened Senzatela within the first inning, loading the bases on a double by Dexter Fowler, a stroll by Paul Goldschmidt and an error by Colorado second baseman Ryan McMahon. However Senzatela delivered a Three-1 slider to Paul DeJong, who grounded into an inning-ending double play.

St. Louis’ lone run towards Senzatela got here within the second inning. Fowler singled, superior to second base on a balk and scored on Goldschmidt’s double into the left-field nook.

Colorado tied the sport 1-1 within the fifth on an RBI double by Tony Wolters, who drove in Sam Hilliard, who had led off with a stroll.

Within the sixth inning, Desmond rocketed right-hander Dakota Hudson’s 91 mph sinker 448 toes and into the left-center subject seats to place the Rockies up 2-1. It was Desmond’s 17th homer and 61st RBI this season. He hit 22 residence runs and drove in 88 runs final season.

Harm updates. Left-hander Tyler Anderson, who underwent main surgical procedure on his left knee in June, nonetheless faces a protracted highway to restoration. Supervisor Bud Black mentioned Wednesday that Anderson wouldn’t be 100 p.c prepared for spring coaching. Anderson is simply now starting to place weight on his left knee.

“His return would be somewhere within the early portion of (next) season,” Black mentioned. “Somewhere, hopefully, within the first couple of months.”

In the meantime, lefty Kyle Freeland, who nonetheless hopes to pitch earlier than the season ends Sept. 29,  threw a full bullpen session Wednesday and got here out of it with none points. Freeland has been on the injured listing since Aug. 21 due to a left groin pressure.

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