What a way to kick off a series!
The Cards showed us the side of them we love Monday as they beat the Rockies 9-3.
Let’s discuss some of the excellent things that happened in this game.
* Allen Craig. He. Was. Amazing. Two home runs. Each to center field. Fox Sports Midwest estimated the total distance of the two homers at 845 feet. No big deal! And then, he makes a Web-Gem-Worthy, sensational catch leading to the final out of the game.
Would you like to know how good Allen has been in his short season so far? In just 152 at bats, he has a .322 average with 13 homers and 43 RBI. And with runners in scoring position? He has a .392 average with five homers and 32 RBI.
Allen Craig is becoming the guy you want up in clutch situations.
* Matt Holliday. He hit his 13th homer of the season. He scored one run and two RBI. Matt is definitely finding his groove and getting back to that Matt Holliday we all love. Here’s hoping he keeps up this trend!
* Carlos Beltran. He had two walks, one run and two RBI. No hits. How good is that? Imagine what he could have done if he’d gotten a hit, guys!
* Kyle Lohse. K-Lo earned his eighth victory of the season pitching 7 and a third of an inning. He gave up nine hits including a two-run homer to Tyler Colvin. He also struck out 5. Good performance for Kyle.
* Mitchell Boggs. He had the easiest outing of his career possibly. It was a two-thirds of an inning performance which ended in a 1-2-3 double play. Nice!
* Maikel Cleto. So did you feel slightly nervous while he was out on the mound? Of course you did, you Cardinal fan you! In one inning of work, he gave up two hits, including a solo home run to Willin Rosario. Cleto was able to strike out two. So that helped.
Oh! Guess who else I have some news to share with you about!
* Lance Berkman. Lance expects to be back with the Cardinals shortly after the All-Star break, even joking that it could be the day after the break.
Here’s a little bit of what Lance had to say:
“Yeah, it’s possible,” Berkman said Monday after joining the team to continue rehab from a right knee injury. “It wouldn’t shock me. I’m not banking on it, but at the same time I’m not ruling it out.”
“I haven’t run into any trouble yet and don’t anticipate that I will,” Berkman said. “So far, it’s worked exactly like we anticipated.”
Berkman was batting .333 in just 13 games with one homer and four RBIs. He joked that Allen Craig has done so well starting at first base that he may return as a reserve. Craig was batting .311 with 11 homers, 11 doubles and 39 RBIs in 39 games.
“You don’t want to come back and hamper the team,” Berkman said. “Heck, I may be coming back as a pinch hitter.”
“I think the best baseball is in front of this team,” Berkman said.
The report added that Kyle McClellan and Jaime Garcia will begin throwing programs today.
* Tonight’s Game. Game two of the series has Joe Kelly pitching for the Cardinals while Jeff Francis takes the mound for the Rockies. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. Central Time at Busch.
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s lead writer for Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.