St. Louis Cardinals win as Marco Gonzales debuts


Marco Gonzales had a double, scored, and got Drew Stubbs looking for his first professional strikeout as the St. Louis Cardinals won 9-6 over the Colorado Rockies.

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Gonzales made his debut in front of family and friends in his home state of Colorado. His debut wasn’t pretty as he left with a 5-4 deficit. The Cardinals rallied to win the game, scoring runs late in the game. In five innings, Gonzales allowed five runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three batters.

Gonzales led off the third inning with a double to center field for his first major league hit. After Matt Carpenter advanced him to third base on a ground out, former Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday drove him in to give the Cards a 1-0 lead.

After getting Stubbs looking in the first, Stubbs took Gonzales yard to lead off the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1. The Rockies were just getting started as they had a 4-1 lead by the time the inning was over.

The Cardinals rallied to score three runs in the fifth inning. Carpenter’s sac fly to left scored Mark Ellis. Matt Adams hit his ninth home run of the year, scoring Holliday. It was the sixth home run since he came off the DL.

In the seventh inning, Jhonny Peralta hit a sac fly to right, scoring Carpenter.

The Cardinals plated two runs in the eighth with back to back doubles from Daniel Descalso and Carpenter, scoring Ellis and Descalso, respectively.

In the ninth inning, Adams scored on Yadier Molina’s sac fly to center. Peralta would score on Allen Craig’s sac fly to right.

Pat Neshek picked up his second win this season and Trevor Rosenthal earned his 23rd save of the season.

David Price rumors for Wednesday:
Bernie Miklasz – Bird Bytes: Cards could alter trade focus
Ken Rosenthal – Cardinals should resist urge to overpay for David Price
Dan Buffa – The Essence of Price
Jeff Gordon – Cards can’t afford to pay high Price

As happy as I would be to see Price wearing the Birds on the Bat, the price would have to be right. The Tampa Bay Rays have every right to ask the farm. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak also needs to be thinking about how the club will make room for Oscar Taveras. Is Craig on the market right now? With the way Adams has been hitting of late, there’s way that he’ll be traded.

Questions must be asked and answered. There’s no doubt that David Price would help this Cardinals rotation for the rest of the season given how many questions that there are right now. But, before willing to make such a trade, the Cardinals should know whether Price would resign with the team if traded. The bottom line? Price will not be cheap.