Game One Hundred-Ten – Cubs 5 Rockies 11
WP – Jorge De La Rosa (10-8) LP – Tom Gorzelanny (4-2) Save – None
The Cubs completed the 10-game, three-city trip with a disappointing 4-6 record after losing the wrap around series to the Rockies. Tom Gorzelanny could not follow up his solid debut and left in the second inning with a bruised right foot. Gorzelanny reportedly went to the hospital for x-rays after getting hit on the foot by a combacker off the bat of Dexter Fowler. X-rays were negative and Gorzelanny will make his next start.
For as effective as Gorzelanny was against the Reds, he was equally as ineffective against the Rockies. Gorzelanny surrendered six hits to the 10 batters he faced in 1 1/3 innings. Two of the six hits were home runs by Troy Tulowitzki and Clint Barmes.
Esmailin Caridad was called up on Monday afternoon from Iowa and made his big league debut a couple of hours later. Caridad took one for the team. After an extremely shaky start, Caridad settled down for a few innings before departing in the seventh inning. Caridad allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with a walk, an error, a hit batsman and four strikeouts. Caridad threw 78 pitches, 49 for strikes, and really saved the Cubs’ pen.
Aaron Heilman added insult to injury and allowed the game to get ugly. Heilman gave up two more runs in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI single by Troy Tulowitzki.
Troy Tulowitzki had a career night. Not only did he become the fifth player in Rockies history to hit for the cycle, Tulowitzki was a perfect 5-for-5 with a career-high seven RBI. Tulowitzki took advantage of two poor plays in left by Alfonso Soriano to earn the cycle.
The Rockies truly outplayed the Cubs in every facet of the game throughout the series, and once again on Monday night. The Cubs offense was pathetic on Monday, until the ninth inning … 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranded 13 base runners for the second game in a row. When the game was still in question, the Cubs loaded the bases in the first and second innings and came away empty … and for a third time in the eighth. All three times they came away without a single run.
The Cubs only run off of Jorge De La Rosa came courtesy of Geovany Soto in the sixth inning. Soto hit his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to left for his first hit since returning from the DL.
The Cubs offense woke up in the ninth against Huston Street. They scored four runs off the Rockies’ closer … and if not for a tremendous catch on a ball hit by Geovany Soto in center by Dexter Fowler, the Cubs might have plated a couple more runs. Mike Fontenot collected a pinch-hit RBI double, Jake Fox singled in Milton Bradley and Geovany Soto’s long drive to center ended up plating Mike Fontenot. Jeff Baker drove in the Cubs final run with an infield single.
On his career night, Troy Tulowitzki fielded a grounder off the bat of Koyie Hill and threw to Garrett Atkins to end the game.
The Cubs will limp home beat up and hopefully ready to start playing ball again on Tuesday night. The four-game series in Colorado ended up being a very costly one for the Chicago Cubs. Not only did they fall three full games behind the Cardinals with Monday loss, they placed Carlos Zambrano on the DL, lost Aramis Ramirez for at least three games and possibly Tom Gorzelanny … while the bullpen logged 20 innings in the four games, with the only positive start coming from Ryan Dempster.
The Cubs also played extremely sloppy baseball during the series and over used their bullpen. The defense committed another error on Monday night, their sixth straight with at least one miscue … and over the last three games of the series, six unearned runs crossed the plate.
After the Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning and came away empty, Tom Gorzelanny took the hill in the bottom half. Gorzelanny retired Dexter Fowler and Ryan Spilborghs on three pitches but Todd Helton blooped a single into left … Alfonso Soriano could not get to the weak fly.
Troy Tulowitzki followed and launched a 2-1 pitch from Gorzelanny over the wall in left … 2-0 Rockies.
Gorzelanny got out of the first and the Cubs offense loaded the bases again in the second inning. Sam Fuld singled to center, Gorzelanny sacrificed him to second and Theriot walked … Theriot’s free pass was the third issued by De La Rosa in the first two innings. Milton Bradley was robbed on a diving stop by Garrett Atkins on a ball ticketed for the left field corner. With the bases loaded and two outs, Derrek Lee struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Rockies put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the second. Clint Barmes hit his 16th home run over the wall in left on a 0-2 pitch from Gorzelanny. Yorvit Torrealba followed with a double to left on a 2-2 pitch. Jorge De La Rosa then blooped a single into shallow left.
With runners on first and third with one out, Dexter Fowler hit a smash back to the mound. The ball appeared to hit Gorzelanny in the foot but he fielded the ball and tried to throw home. Torrealba would have been out by a mile, but Gorzelanny fell to the ground as he was trying to throw the ball. Torrealba scored, 4-0 and Gorzelanny left the game.
Esmailin Caridad replaced Gorzelanny and made his big league debut.
Ryan Spilborghs flied out to left but Todd Helton walked to load the bases. Troy Tulowitzki launched the first pitch from Caridad down the line in left. The ball was called foul but after a visit from Jim Tracy, the umpires reviewed the call.
The first reviewed call for the Chicago Cubs.
After a four minute and ten second delay, the ball was ruled foul.
On the very next pitch, Tulowitzki singled to left and drove in De La Rosa and Fowler with the Rockies’ fifth and sixth runs. Brad Hawpe struck out swinging but the damage had been done.
Caridad faced the minimum in the third but the Rockies offense cranked it back up in the fourth. Ryan Spilborghs singled to left with one out. Todd Helton followed with a single to left center. Caridad uncorked a wild pickoff attempt of Helton, who was a step off the bag, Spilborghs scored and Helton advanced to third. Tulowitzki followed with a hustle double that plated Helton with the Rockies’ eighth run.
Troy Tulowitzki completed his cycle with a leadoff triple off Caridad in the seventh. Tulowitzki hit the ball down the left field line, hustled out of the box and as soon as Soriano bobbled the ball, the cycle became reality. Tulowitzki scored on a double by Brad Hawpe.
Aaron Heilman, not to be outdone, gave up the Rockies final two runs after loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth. Tulowitzki completed his night with a single to center that plated the Rockies final two runs.
The offense showed a little life in the ninth down 11-1. Ryan Theriot singled to center. Milton Bradley walked. Mike Fontenot pinch hit for Derrek Lee and doubled to left off of Huston Street. Theriot scored the Cubs second run.
Jake Fox followed with a single to center, Bradley scored and Fontenot stopped at third.
Dexter Fowler robbed Geovany Soto of at least a double. Fowler ran full speed into the padding in center to haul in the ball. Fowler left the game after lying on the ground for a short time. Mike Fontenot tagged and scored the Cubs’ fourth run.
Alfonso Soriano followed with a double to right … on a ball Brad Hawpe usually catches. The ball popped out of his glove and was originally ruled an error. Fox had to hold but ended up at third. Jim Tracy replaced Street with Joe Beimel.
With runners on second and third with one out, Jeff Baker drove in Fox with a single up the middle … Clint Barmes kept the ball in the infield. Beimel then struck out Sam Fuld and retired pinch-hitter Koyie Hill on a grounder to short.
The Cubs will be back at Wrigley on Tuesday night.
Rich Harden will face J.A. Happ in the first of three against the Phillies on Tuesday night under the lights at Wrigley Field.