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 …
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.
Jason Berken is scheduled to face lefty Drew Pomeranz on Wednesday night.
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