Rockies Pound the Cubs in the Rain – Cubs 5, Rockies 10

Game One Hundred Fifty-Four – Cubs 5, Rockies 10 – 7 innings
WP – Carlos Torres (5-3) LP – Chris Rusin (1-3) Save – None

The Cubs dropped to 0-14 on the road this season versus teams in the National League West with Tuesday’s rain-shortened, seven-inning loss to the Rockies. The Cubs jumped out to an early 4-1 lead against Jorge De La Rosa but Chris Rusin coughed it up and the Rockies scored in each of their last five at bats.

The two teams played in a steady rain throughout the game but the field became unplayable in the seventh and after a 48-minute delay it was called.

After retiring the Rockies in order on 12 pitches to start the game, Chris Rusin had a rough night. Rusin surrendered six runs, all earned, on seven hits with one walk and no strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings (72 pitches, 42 for strikes). Rusin gave up a single run in the second on a long homer off the bat of Wilin Rosario, two in the third and was charged with three in the fourth. Rusin turned the game over to Rafael Dolis with two on and two out with the Cubs up 5-4. Dolis served up a two-run double to Josh Rutledge and the Rockies poured it on in the fifth and sixth innings.

Rafael Dolis not only allowed two inherited runners to score but he also gave up three runs on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Manny Corpas surrendered the Rockies’ tenth run in the sixth. Corpas allowed a run on three hits without a walk and a strikeout in one inning of work.

Cubs’ pitching allowed 10 runs on 15 hits in six innings on Tuesday night … and six of the 15 hits went for extra bases. Tyler Colvin (2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored) and D.J. LeMahieu (3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a RBI and two runs scored) had a field day against their former organization. The two combined on a 5-for-7 night that included two triples, a double, three RBI and three runs scored. D.J. LeMahieu ended up a home run short of the cycle.

The Cubs took advantage of a Rockies’ error in the first inning and scored five runs in their first four at bats … the Cubs were in line to beat Jorge De La Rosa for the first time. Dave Sappelt (2-for-4 with a home run and a double) led off the game with the first big league home run of his career. Sappelt crushed a 2-2 fastball from De La Rosa and Welington Castillo (2-for-3 with a double and a RBI) doubled in Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored) with the Cubs’ third run in the first inning.

Starlin Castro launched his 14th longball of the season in the third off De La Rosa and Joe Mather (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored) scored the Cubs’ fifth run in the fourth on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Darwin Barney (1-for-4 with a RBI).

The Cubs scored five runs on seven hits (five for extra bases) with two walks and a HBP but the offense could not outhit the mistakes made by the pitching staff on Tuesday night. The Cubs finished the game 2-for-7 with RISP and stranded five runners on base.

Darwin Barney did not commit an error for the 139th straight game.

With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 59-95 with eight games remaining on the schedule …

The Cubs jumped on Jorge De La Rosa in the first inning and took advantage of a Rockies’ miscue. Dave Sappelt led off the game with his first big league home run. Sappelt crushed a 2-2 pitch well over the wall in left and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. Darwin Barney followed and grounded out to short. Anthony Rizzo pulled a 1-2 pitch to LeMahieu for the second out.

Alfonso Soriano worked a two-out walk and advanced to second when a 1-2 pitch to Starlin Castro hit in the dirt and bounced away from Wilin Rosario. Castro then pulled a 2-2 pitch to short. Josh Rutledge fielded the routine grounder but airmailed his throw to first. The ball was 10-15 feet over Jordan Pacheco’s head and ended up in the stands on the fly. Soriano was awarded home and Castro ended up at second on the error.

Welington Castillo followed Castro and pulled a 1-0 pitch into left. Castro scored on Castillo’s 11th double of the season and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead. Josh Vitters struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning. Jorge De La Rosa threw 31 pitches in the first inning, 20 for strikes.

Chris Rusin retired the side in order on 12 pitches, nine for strikes, in the first inning.

Joe Mather grounded out to short and Chris Rusin struck out swinging to start the second inning. Dave Sappelt pulled a 2-1 pitch to deep left center. Andrew Brown appeared to be in position to catch the ball but he pulled his glove back as Colvin approached. The ball fell in and Sappelt ended up at second with a gift double. Darwin Barney grounded out to second (1-0 pitch) to end the inning. De La Rosa needed 45 pitches, 30 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.

Wilin Rosario led off the second with a monster shot over the wall in center. Rosario launched a 2-0 pitch and his 27th longball of the season cut the Cubs’ lead to 3-1. Chris Nelson grounded out to Castro in the hole. Andrew Brown followed with a single to left but was erased when Matt McBride grounded into a 6-4-3 inning ending double play. Rusin threw 29 pitches, 18 for strikes, in the first two innings.

Anthony Rizzo (groundout to second) and Alfonso Soriano (flyout to right) made two quick outs to start the third. Starlin Castro cranked a 1-2 pitch to deep left center … and Castro’s 14th longball of the season gave the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Welington Castillo notched his second hit of the game, a single to center, but Josh Vitters grounded a 3-2 pitch to short for the third out. De La Rosa threw 67 pitches, 45 for strikes, over three innings.

D.J. LeMahieu drove a 3-1 pitch to deep right center to start the third. The ball hit off the wall, rolled away from Joe Mather and LeMahieu ended up at third with a triple. With the infield back, Jorge De La Rosa broke his bat and tapped back to the mound. Rusin held LeMahieu at third and threw to Rizzo for the out. Rusin walked Josh Rutledge and runners were on first and third with one out for Tyler Colvin.

Tyler Colvin pulled a 0-2 pitch down the right field line. LeMahieu scored easily and Rutledge scored all the way from first on Colvin’s tenth three-bagger of the season … and just like that the Cubs lead was down to 4-3. Sveum brought his infield in with one out.

Jordan Pacheco smacked a 2-1 pitch back up the middle. Starlin Castro took a step and made a diving stop. Castro held Colvin at third and threw out Pacheco at first for the second out. Wilin Rosario drove a 3-2 pitch to deep right … that Sappelt caught at the wall to end the inning. Rusin threw 54 pitches, 31 for strikes, over the first three innings.

Carlos Torres took over for De La Rosa in the fourth and Joe Mather greeted him with a double to center. Mather launched a 2-1 pitch to deep center, the ball one-hopped the wall and Mather ended up with a leadoff double. Chris Rusin failed to get the bunt down and struck out swinging on a 0-2 pitch for the first out. Dave Sappelt popped a 3-2 pitch to Rutledge at short for the second out.

Darwin Barney came through with another two-out run scoring hit. Barney drove a 0-1 pitch into right and plated Mather with the Cubs’ fifth run (5-3, Cubs). Anthony Rizzo grounded out to second (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Chris Rusin struggled again in the fourth inning and was not able to complete the inning. Chris Nelson (single to left) and Andrew Brown (single to left center) reached on back-to-back singles to start the inning. Matt McBride flied out to Sappelt in right center. Both runners held.

D.J. LeMahieu picked up his second extra basehit of the game, with a lot of help from Joe Mather. LeMahieu launched Rusin’s first pitch to center. The ball fell just out of the reach of Mather. Nelson scored and cut the Cubs’ lead to 5-4. Brown held at third with one down on LeMahieu’s 12th double of the season. Jim Tracy left Carlos Torres into hit for himself and with the infield in, Torres grounded out to Castro for the second out.

With the rain continuing to fall and runners on second and third with two down, Dale Sveum went to his pen for Rafael Dolis. Dolis could not get the job done. Josh Rutledge pulled a 1-1 pitch down the third baseline. Brown and LeMahieu scored on Rutledge’s 18th double of the year … and just like that the Rockies took a 6-5 lead. Tyler Colvin flied out to left center (1-1 pitch) to end the inning.

After four complete, the Cubs trailed 6-5 and the two teams had combined on 15 hits, 10 for extra bases.

Carlos Torres stayed in for the fifth and faced the minimum after walking Alfonso Soriano to start the inning. Starlin Castro tried to check his swing on a 1-2 pitch but Jim Joyce said he went around. Welington Castillo grounded into a 5-4-3 inning ending double play.

The Rockies broke the game open in the fifth. Rafael Dolis struck out Jordan Pacheco swinging to start the inning. Wilin Rosario followed and ripped a single (1-1 pitch) into center. A passed ball on a 0-2 pitch to Chris Nelson allowed Rosario to advance to second base. Nelson singled to right on a 3-2 pitch. Sappelt charged the ball and kept Rosario from scoring. Dolis struck out Andrew Brown swinging (0-2 pitch) for the second out.

Matt McBride launched a 0-1 pitch to deep left and his second big league homer gave the Rockies a commanding 9-5 lead. D.J. LeMahieu followed with a single to left, his third hit of the night. Charlie Blackmon hit for Carlos Torres and lined out to center to end the inning.

At the end of five, the Cubs trailed 9-5.

Edgmer Escalona took over for the Rockies in the sixth and plunked Josh Vitters with his first pitch. Joe Mather grounded into a 4-6 force out. Vitters did a good job of disrupting Rutledge’s throw to first and Mather reached with one out. Bryan LaHair hit for Dolis and struck out swinging. Dave Sappelt ended the inning by blooping a 3-2 pitch to LeMahieu in short right.

Manny Corpas made his return to Coors Field in the sixth. Corpas struck out Josh Rutledge to start the inning. Tyler Colvin punched a 2-2 pitch into left for his second hit of the night. Jordan Pacheco ripped Corpas’ first pitch into left and the Rockies had runners on first and second with one out. Wilin Rosario smoked Corpas’ first pitch into center … but right at Joe Mather.

With runners on first and second with two down, Chris Nelson blooped a 3-2 pitch into shallow left center. Colvin scored the Rockies’ tenth run of the game. Pacheco ended up a third with two down. Andrew Brown popped a 2-2 pitch into left that Soriano hauled in to end the inning.

At the end of six, the Cubs trailed 10-5 and were being outhit 15-7.

Edgmer Escalona retired the Cubs in order in the seventh inning … the first time the Cubs went down 1-2-3 on the night.

Shortly after Alfonso Soriano flied out to Tyler Colvin with his back against the wall in center for the third out in the seventh, the grounds crew rolled out the tarp and the game was put in rain delay.

After taking two hours and 46 minutes to play six and a half innings, 48 minutes later the game was called.

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  • Brp921

    Well it’s almost over. We just need to finish lower than the Rockies now. So all in all I would say the Cubs were a success last night.

    • paulcatanese

      Brp921, you are right, the battle for a draft pick, thats encouraging, they are on the right track:)

      • paulcatanese

        So after this series with the Rockies, the Cubs should be in line for the second round draft pick. Wow, thats the way to build a team. One player a year, at that rate, given time for that player to develop(if he does) and the Cubs need 9 players to field a team,
        how many years does that mean before they are contenders?
        The ultimate desire for the Cubs should be the pitching staff. The direction they have taken so far leaves a ton to be desired. I think it’s safe to say that the Cubs don’t have a clue as to what a good pitcher is.
        So they either plug in 8 guys that can hit 30-40 HR’s a year to offset the expertise they have shown so far, or look for more of the same in the future, too bad they(the Cubs) cannot get a dis-count for bringing in pitchers by the dozen.
        The Cubs will continue to publisize individual stats to placate fans. (Castro,a rookie who hit .300, Castro a second year player that collected 200 hits in a season. Soriono with 30 or more HR’s and 100 RBI, Barney with the errorless streak.
        The so called invention ot the “shift” on defense,the constant need to try and prove that the platoon system works.
        The one thing I find wrong with these is their is no mention of a “team” effort, the individual players can pile up all kinds of records that are meaningless if the “team” dosent win. That should be the bottom line, “the team”.
        Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy all of these acomplishments.
        But individuals do not create a winning team, its the proper
        blending of all facets of the game that does that.
        It’s hard to give the FO a grade because of what they came into, but their’s no doubt in my mind that they are any higher than a B, and have a way to go. One thing in their favor, they are not afraid to make moves, even though most have not been good ones, bringing in over the hill players and giving away what should have been given a longer look.
        But, I hope they are learning.

        • cubtex

          And the draft is not like it used to be. Gone are the days of drafting Jeff Samardzija and Dillon Maples late and overpaying them to sign.

  • cubtex

    Obiously the Colvin/LeMahieu deal was terrible. We got hosed plain and simple. There has been talk that unless Colvin and LeMahieu don’t become all stars than the trade doesn’t really matter. How untrue is that???? The point of trading players is to get back players whom you view as higher upside than what you are giving away. It does not matter who is backing up this player or what the player traded does in the future. I had this argument with Tony about the Matt Garza deal. He said Tampa Bay didn’t really need to get back a huge deal for Garza since they had Hellickson to take his place. To me that should mean absolutely nothing. You want to maximize a players value no matter who you have waiting in the wings. Lets go back in that trade……The Rays turned down a package including Derek Holland and Mike Olt for Garza to accept the Cubs deal. IF they had made that Ranger deal……it is possible that they could have made the WS with Holland in their rotation…….It is possible that OLT could have helped them while Longoria was out and they could make the playoffs this year.
    To go back to the Cubs. Now we have a hole at 3B for next year(where LeMahieu could have been plugged in) Even if he is not a long term player there……he could be traded down the road for more value than Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers. It is impossible to defend that trade because it was terrible. The Sean Marshall trade got us back a #5 starting pitcher and a 4th outfielder so even if they didn’t get back anyone of significance……they added some minor parts who are usable. The Cubs have so few trade pieces that they need to make smart deals.

    • cubtex

      By the way…. Hak Ju Lee finished up AA with a stellar batting average of .261 AVG

      Lee made 24 errors in 517 chances for a .954 fielding %

      Starlin Castro had made 25 errors in 716 chances for a .965 fielding % as a comparison.

      • Tom U

        Cubtex, I’ve seen Hak-Ju Lee play may times over the course of the season. This is one time when the numbers don’t tell the story. Lee is a much better defender than Castro, no question about it.

        As for his offense, well … that remains to be seen.

        • cubtex

          I agree Lee is smoother than Castro defensively but as you stated……..Offensively he is not even in the same league as Castro.

    • cc002600

      Agree that the Rockies did not work out, but its not a showstopper. I like Colvin, but he has many flaws. Especially, look at his splits. Take him out of colorado and his numbers would be putrid. DJ ? Please. He’s a utility IF. Dime a dozen that you could find anywhere. So in the end, who cares ?

      The reds trade ? Jury is still out. Marshall didn’t exactly light it up. And we still haven’t seen how Torrez will turn out. and Wood is still relatively young. TBD.

      And oh, like I told you 6 months ago, the Rizzo trade is and will be a home run. Cashner will never turn out to be anything more than an injury plagued setup guy, while Rizzo will be solid 1B for years to come.

      Garza Trade – Jury still out. Lee is still in minors….Archer looked pretty good in his short time w/ Rays. The other guys ? meh.

      • cubtex

        Way too early to write Cashner off. Are you aware that other than Verlander……Cashner is the ONLY starter in all of baseball to throw more than one pitch over 100 mph. Again the only starter in all of baseball. He has I believe 14 that were clocked at 100. You don’t find arms like his growing on trees.
        Archer is 1-3 with a 3.65 ERA in limited duty. No question he has good stuff but the Cubs got a #2 27 year old pitcher at the time with 3 years of control. That trade was a no brainer.

        • cc002600

          Not sure how you can call him a “starter”. He has started a grandtotal of 6 games in 3 years and has been hurt every year. Which gets back to my original point about him. This guy will never be able to withstand a full season of 200 innings as a starter. He already has a predisposition of shoulder issues. That DOESN’T just go away. Bad shoulders are death for pitchers. Elbows are different. He’s a setup guy at best. Trust me. And don’t write back and tell me about this pitcher or that pitcher. Every pitcher is different.

          This was an absolute steal for Cubs

          • cubtex

            I am glad you have the power to predict injuries on pitchers. Thanks for letting me know Cashner will never throw 200 innings as a starter. BTW…..how many innings did Jake Peavy throw this year? I am curious.

          • cc002600

            In case you hadn’t noticed, some players are more injury prone than others. Call me crazy, but if a guy has NEVER thrown 200 innings in a year in his life, or close to it, and already has had arm injuries almost every year, I’m thinking that the chances of him ever reaching that level are not good. Just a crazy hunch on my part, what can I say ?

            and what does Peavy have to do with anything ? He did not have shoulder surgery last year. He had a lat issue. And I wasn’t aware, but does Peavy throw 100+ mph ? I must have missed that. Throwing 100+ MPH is major tork on the joints and muscles.

          • cubtex

            Talk about spinning the truth? Started 6 games in 3 years? Maybe because in 2010 he was strictly pitching out of the bullpen for the Cubs…..but he did start 9 games in the minors that year. He also started 24 games in the minors in 2009. He also started 3 games in the minors in 2011 and 6 games in the minors in 2012.

    • Tony_Hall

      You always like to mis-quote. I never said they wouldn’t want to get back more or didn’t need to get anything back, it just makes it easier when you are the team in the position of strength and already have the replacement for the stud you are trading off.

      No one stated DJ and Colvin being All-Stars would change that we lost this trade. If they don’t become productive regulars that would have started for us, then we really lose much. DJ would not be starting at 2B and he has zero power to play 3B. Colvin is a major league starting OF in Coors Field only.

      Not every trade made is a win for every team. You hope to win more than you lose and improve your team by breaking even on the exchange of talent.

  • paulcatanese

    Wow, the brain trust is going to get together to evaluate the 2012
    season and see where they need to improve.
    Shouldn’t be much of a meeting, a first grader could show them
    what needs to be done.
    What they need to do is put the Cubs in a division along with the worst teams in baseball and maybe they would have a chance.
    Wait,,they already are in the worst division, now what?

    • cubtex

      haha. It would be an extremely short meeting if they listed where they DIDN’T need to improve :)

    • cubs1967

      raise your hand now if you think sveum knows NOW why he got this job; and why Maddux backed out; not ‘cuz dale quade is a future mgr genius, but very few people would want a managing job when the owner/President/Gm are all tanking this season and many more…till 2016………just ‘cuz the owner is cheap (see payroll going down each year; by next year at least 50M lower than a few years ago) and a President who is not able to build a winner while rebuilding or even try; unlike the real and original Moneyball GM Beane who has his 50M payroll horrid stadium team (A’s)heading towards the playoffs…….guess it’s no longer wait till next year, but wait till next decade….
      104 yrs and counting………..tick..tock…….

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Please stop the nicknames, thank you.