Just ask Josh Fogg.
Rolen's ninth homer in the first inning snapped a 1-for-18
drought against the Rockies this season. The hit came before a
40-minute rain delay in the second.
"The guy's hitting like .370 now," Fogg said. "You can't make
a mistake with a guy that's hot. I made that mistake and it ended
up being the winning run."
Rolen is 14-for-37 (.378) in his last 10 games and has been a
strong force for the Cardinals since NL MVP Albert Pujols went on
the 15-day disabled list on June 4 with a strained right side
muscle. His return is apparently still at least a week away.
St. Louis has won four straight overall and seven of its last
"No disrespect to Albert, but he can't pitch," Rolen said.
"Our bench players have been great and our pitchers have been
Carpenter (6-3) gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked
one. So Taguchi went 2-for-4, scored two runs, and has hit safely
in 11 of his last 17 starts for the Cardinals. Taguchi singled and
stole second in the second inning, advanced to third on catcher
J.D. Closser's throwing error and scored on Juan Encarnacion's
"So, that's the way he plays," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa
said of Taguchi. "We feel like we have a lot of weapons."
Fogg (4-5) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits
over five innings. Fogg, who threw 92 pitches, had given up one
home run on the road this season before Rolen went deep.
"He didn't let the game get away from him, but [threw] a lot of
pitches in not a lot of innings. It was not his finest hour,"
manager Clint Hurdle said. "We were hoping for better."
The Rockies have lost three straight after starting their
seven-game road trip with a four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals.
"They're a good ballclub and usually you've got to beat them,"
Hurdle said. "It starts with their starting pitching. Everybody
plays and everybody contributes. That's the direction we want to
Carpenter (6-3) didn't give up a run after the third inning. He
struck out a career-high 13 in his previous start against the
Pittsburgh Pirates. Last season's NL Cy Young Award winner has
allowed one earned run in his last 14 innings.
"Mechanically, I've felt better these last two games,"
Carpenter said. "It was so warm out the rain delay didn't really
Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 28
Cory Sullivan was 2-for-3 and scored the only Rockies run after
going hitless in his last three games.
Trainer Barry Weinberg said Eckstein is expected to return
Rolen made a hard backhanded stop up the third-base line
and retired Atkins at first with an off-balance throw in the third.
... Rolen has scored in eight of his last nine games. ... Fogg has
won one game (May 31, 2002) in 12 career starts against the