The Cardinals were looking for a storybook ending for their quest for the NL Central division title, winning it themselves on their field instead of backing in with a Cubs loss Thursday while St. Louis was idle.
So, what could be any better than longtime Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday coming to the plate in a tie game with runners at first and second and only one out? He had the perfect chance to deal the deciding blow, send a message to a team the Cardinals may have to face on their way to the World Series and win the division title in dramatic fashion.
Instead he hit into a double play. The Cardinals eventually lost 2-1 and the Cubs won their game over the Giants... So we'll do it all again today.
Outfielder Ryan Ludwick circles the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Rockies. It was the Cardinals only run of the game. AP photo.
The Rockies may have helped the Cubs to delay the inevitable. But they really can't win in their current situation. Even if St. Louis loses, that means the team they need to pass to win the wild card wins.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Chris Carpenter seriously struggled. But he allowed only one run and five hits in seven innings. His curveball was virtually useless in the thin mountain air, highlighting the need for the Cardinals to hold home field advantage if they eventually play Colorado in the post season.
Lowlight: The offense was missing in action again. I'm not sure what gives. But the Birds usually hit well at spacious Coors field. They need to get the bats going tonight and score some runs so they can finally put the division title to bed.