|Colorado (1-0) «||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||6||0|
|St. Louis (0-1)||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||6||1|
ST. LOUIS -- No Clydesdales or convertibles. No success, either for the St. Louis Cardinals in their rescheduled home opener.
Third baseman Troy Glaus' throwing error allowed the tying run to score, and Jayson Nix walked with the bases loaded in a two-run eighth inning, helping the Colorado Rockies begin the defense of their NL championship with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night.
"I made a bad throw. That's it," Glaus said. "Not much I can say about it. If it's a good throw, it's an easy play."
Wells was not offered a contract by the Cardinals after going 7-17 with a 5.70 ERA last year. He joined the Rockies with a chance to make their rotation, but had been slated for long relief before the postponement Monday.
"Obviously, my expectations were to go out there and pitch well, so it wasn't a surprise," Wells said. "I think the former teammates is where the adrenaline rush comes from, more than the actual stadium or the circumstances."
Colorado won 14 of its final 15 regular-season games to become the NL wild card, then won seven straight in the postseason for its first NL pennant before being swept by Boston in the World Series.
Kyle Lohse allowed three hits in five scoreless innings for St. Louis and Yadier Molina homered. The Cardinals were limited to six hits a night after their 5-1 third-inning lead against Rockies ace Jeff Francis was washed out.
The makeup opener began in 46-degree chill and the temperature was down to 42 degrees by the ninth. While the Cardinals announced a sellout crowd of 45,996, there were thousands of empty seats.
St. Louis got the pomp out of the way on Monday, when current players and Hall of Famers were delivered to home plate on the backs of convertibles and a team of Budweiser's famed steeds made an appearance.
Glaus, who replaced seven-time Gold Glove winner Scott Rolen at third base, threw sidearm and well wild of the plate on Matt Holliday's slow roller with runners at second and third and no outs in the eighth.
Troy Tulowitzki singled and Todd Helton doubled, both off Ryan Franklin (0-1), to open the inning. Tulowitzki and Molina, the Cardinals' catcher, thought the play at the plate could have gone either way.
"I could have been out, but in that situation I wouldn't have second-guessed myself either," Tulowitzki said. "If I had been thrown out I still would have thought I made the right choice."
"He showed some good discipline," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He got to watch two guys in front of him. Flores was mixing it up, spinning a lot of balls down in the dirt challenging our guys' discipline more than the strike zone."
Flores had been close to rescuing Franklin, who has lost five consecutive decisions since Aug. 3. Franklin was 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA and 30 holds as the Cardinals' eighth-inning specialist, but was 0-2 with a 9.41 ERA in September and struggled with mechanics in spring training.
"I pitched great for five months and could have had that bad month in April instead of September," Franklin said. "That's over with, and this is 2008 and it'll get better from here."
|Players of the Game|
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|Willy Taveras, CF||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||1||3||0||1||0||0||.750|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||1||2||0||1||0||3||.500|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.000|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.000|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.000|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.250|
|Jayson Nix, 2B||2||0||0||1||2||1||1||.000|
|Kip Wells, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|Micah Bowie, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Taylor Buchholz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeff Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Bowie in the 7th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Buchholz in the 8th|
|2B - Troy Tulowitzki (1, Lohse), Todd Helton (1, Franklin)|
|RBI - Jayson Nix (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jayson Nix (1)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Tulowitzki-Nix-Helton, Torrealba-Nix, Nix-Tulowitzki-Helton|
|Taylor Buchholz (W,1-0)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Brian Fuentes (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Manny Corpas (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 74-39, Taylor Buchholz 13-8, Brian Fuentes 7-5, Manny Corpas 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 7-4, Micah Bowie 1-0, Taylor Buchholz 1-1, Brian Fuentes 2-1, Manny Corpas 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Kip Wells 21, Micah Bowie 1, Taylor Buchholz 5, Brian Fuentes 3, Manny Corpas 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|Chris Duncan, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.333|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.250|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.667|
|Kyle Lohse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Rico Washington, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Russ Springer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brian Barton, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|a-grounded out for Lohse in the 5th|
|b-singled for Springer in the 7th|
|HR - Yadier Molina (1, Wells)|
|SH - Kyle Lohse (1)|
|RBI - Yadier Molina (1)|
|CS - Chris Duncan (1, 2nd base by Wells/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|PB - Yadier Molina (1)|
|E - Troy Glaus (1, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle McClellan (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Russ Springer (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Ryan Franklin (BS,1; L,0-1)||0||2||2||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 74-42, Kyle McClellan 18-12, Russ Springer 11-9, Ryan Franklin 17-9, Randy Flores 13-10, Jason Isringhausen 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 6-6, Kyle McClellan 1-1, Ryan Franklin 1-0, Randy Flores 1-0, Jason Isringhausen 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 21, Kyle McClellan 3, Russ Springer 4, Ryan Franklin 4, Randy Flores 4, Jason Isringhausen 4|
|Attendance - 45996|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 45|
|Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|