Meaningful Win for Flaherty

(Busch Stadium) Despite some extra emotions coming into the game, Jack Flaherty continued his dominance on the mound, throwing six shutout innings as the Cardinals beat Colorado 8-3 tonight.

“It means a lot, it really does,” Flaherty said. “Being able to have his name across the back in some type of fashion that I really wanted to do…It was something that was awesome.”

One of nine players to honor his late friend Tyler Skaggs for Player’s Weekend, the group had “Love You Ty” on the back of their jerseys.

“Just before the game, a little bit more emotion,” Flaherty shared. “But once everything got going I was able to settle in and just really focus on the game that we had.”

Flaherty finished allowed only three hits, one walk, and struck out nine Rockies. In his last 34.0 innings, the right-hander has allowed just one run for a 0.26 ERA in that stretch.

“Just continuing to execute,” Flaherty said. “Staying on a roll with Yadi and continuing to execute when we need to.”

Marcell Ozuna drove in three runs–two in the first inning on his 24th home run of the season, a 418 foot blast over the Rockies bullpen in left field to give the Cardinals an early advantage. A pair of Colorado errors helped four unearned runs cross the plate.

“It’s one of those things where you get some runs and you want to think to yourself that the game’s over, but you’ve got to continue to just execute one pitch at a time and not worry about the big picture and just focus on making that next pitch,” Flaherty said.

The Rockies scored all three of their runs in the ninth as John Gant allowed three consecutive singles, a walk, and Yadier Molina was charged with a passed ball.

With Chicago losing earlier in the day, the win moved St. Louis back on top of the NL Central by 0.5 games.

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