The Rockies have made a lot of roster moves with regards to their pitching staff this season, but none has had the impact of the exchange of mediocre Jason Jennings for his dazzlingly effective identical twin Jeremy. Today only a Todd Greene throwing error kept Jeremy from shutting the Cardinals down entirely. No ripping on Greene, though, because he hit the second of back-to-back homers in the 4th. Dustan Mohr hit the other. Todd Helton didn't start against the lefty Mark Mulder, leading to much hilarity from the TV announcers regarding his role as a defensive specialist when he entered the game in the 8th.
Mohr flubbed a sacrifice attempt in the 8th with two on and nobody out, popping out to the catcher, but the Rockies ended up not needing the insurance runs. After Jennings' seven innnings (6 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, no perfect innings but only 1 earned run), Jay Witasick and Brian Fuentes shut it down proper.
It's wonderful to get a win any time we can, but besides Jennings and Matt Holliday (2 for 4), the major contributors in this game were marginal veteran guys who aren't the foundation of our theoretical future success. Clint Barmes and Brad Hawpe and J.D. Closser need to get it going. Eddy Garabito did get his first major league hit tonight, so good on him.