Jake Arrieta Shelled at Coors Field – Rockies 13, Cubs 4

Game One Hundred Twelve: Cubs 4, Rockies 13

WP – Jordan Lyles (6-1) LP – Jake Arrieta (6-3) Save – None

Jake Arrieta had a bad night. Arrieta gave up a season-high nine runs on a career-high 13 hits as the Rockies took it to the Cubs on Wednesday night. The Cubs had two different leads Wednesday and took a 4-3 lead into the sixth before the Rockies scored six times on seven hits to put the game out of reach.

For the first in 16 starts this season, Jake Arrieta allowed more than four earned runs. Arrieta had not allowed more than five hits in single game since June 3.

Jake Arrieta had one of those nights in his first career start at Coors Field. Arrieta kept the Rockies off the board through the first three innings before he started elevating the ball in the fourth. The Rockies scored three runs in the fourth and tied the game at three. But Arrieta settled back down in the fifth and retired the side in order. Arrieta did not complete the sixth inning.

The Rockies scored six runs on seven hits in the sixth with five of the six runs scoring while Arrieta was on the mound. Arrieta faced seven batters in the sixth, all seven reached, and Rick Renteria was forced to go to his pen as his number one starter was being rocked.

Jake Arrieta allowed a career-high 13 hits Wednesday night and tied a career-high with nine earned runs allowed … Arrieta’s final line: nine runs, 13 hits, zero walks, a HBP and three strikeouts in five-plus innings on 78 pitches, 55 for strikes.

Kyuji Fujikawa was activated from the 60-day DL prior to Wednesday’s game and made his 2014 debut in the sixth inning. Fujikawa entered the game with runners on first and second with no outs. After he hit Charlie Blackmon to load the bases, Josh Rutledge chopped into a 4-3 double play that allowed a run to score and Fujikawa retired Morneau on a fly out to left to finally end the inning.

Chris Rusin made his first appearance since he was recalled on July 30 and he could not keep the Rockies from circling the bases. Rusin gave up four more runs in the seventh on three hits, a home run, and two walks. Rusin pitched the eighth and did not allow any further damage.

PrintChris Coghlan (3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a walk and a run scored) ended up a home run shy of the cycle and scored the Cubs first run after he led off the game with a triple. Anthony Rizzo (0-for-3 with a SF RBI) plated Coghlan with a sac fly in the first inning.

Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) hit his third big league homer in the fourth that gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. And Coghlan doubled in Ryan Sweeney (2-for-4 with a run scored) with the fourth run in the fifth that gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead.

Starlin Castro (1-for-4), Welington Castillo (1-for-4) and Luis Valbuena (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) also reached base Wednesday night. Javier Baez was 0-for-4.

With Wednesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 48-64 on the season.

Chris Coghlan led off the game with a triple to right center on a 1-2 pitch. After Baez popped out to Morneau in foul ground on the first pitch, Anthony Rizzo drove a 2-2 pitch into center. Charlie Blackmon caught the ball, Coghlan tagged and scored … 1-0 Cubs. Castro struck out swinging to end the inning.

Jake Arrieta hit Blackmon with a 2-2 pitch to start his evening. Josh Rutledge bunted back to Arrieta and advanced Blackmon to second base. Blackmon misread Arrieta and took off for third before Arrieta delivered a 0-1 pitch to Morneau. Arrieta stepped off and threw a strike to Valbuena at third. Valbuena applied the tag for the second out. Morneau singled to center, but Arenado grounded out to Baez for the third out. Arrieta threw 12 pitches, eight for strikes, in the first inning.

After one, the Cubs led 1-0.

The game remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth. After Jordan Lyles retired Rizzo (pop out to right center) and Castro (grounder to short), Luis Valbuena worked a walk. Arismendy Alcantara stepped in and pulled Lyles’ first pitch into the stands in right field. Alcantara’s third big league homer gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Castillo grounded out to third to end the inning.

Jake Arrieta took the mound in the fourth with a 3-0 lead, but he started elevating the baseball and the lead quickly disappeared. Arrieta struck out Rutledge swinging for the first out. Justin Morneau pulled a 1-1 pitch into the gap in right center. Morneau ended up a third with a triple and scored when Arenado grounded out to short, 3-1 Cubs. Carlos Gonzalez singled to right center and scored when Corey Dickerson pulled a 0-2 pitch into the right field corner. Dickerson ended up at third as well and scored on a single to left off the bat of Michael McKenry. With the game tied at three, LeMahieu grounded out to third to end the inning.

The game was tied at three at the end of four innings.

Ryan Sweeney led off the fifth with a single to center. Arrieta bunted Sweeney to second and he scored on a double to left by Chris Coghlan, 4-3 Cubs. Baez flied out to right center and Rizzo struck out swinging to end the inning.

Jake Arrieta retired the Rockies in order in the fifth. Arrieta needed 63 pitches, 42 for strikes, to compete five frames Wednesday night.

The Cubs led 4-3 after five innings.

The Cubs could not cash in a leadoff single by Castro and a stolen base that put him into scoring position with no outs in the sixth. And Arrieta went to the mound nursing a one-run lead.

The Rockies started attacking the first pitch from Arrieta in the sixth and before Arrieta could record an out, Colorado put a five spot on the board and took a very comfortable lead.

Morneau led off the sixth with a single to center. Arenado doubled to left. The ball rolled all the way to the wall, Morneau scored and tied the game at four. Carlos Gonzalez launched a homer over the wall in right center and gave the Rockies a 6-4 lead. Corey Dickerson reached on a hustle double to right center. Michael McKenry singled to center and put runners on the corners with no outs. LeMahieu bunted up the first base line. Castillo let the ball roll and it stopped on the chalk. Dickerson scored on the play, 7-4 Rockies. Brandon Barnes hit for Jordan Lyles and ripped a single into left that allowed McKenry to scored, 8-4 Rockies. After seven straight hits, Rick Renteria decided that was enough for Arrieta and went to his pen for Kyuji Fujikawa.

In his 2014 debut, Fujikawa hit Blackmon with a 2-2 pitch to load the bases with no outs. Josh Rutledge chopped a 1-1 pitch over the mound. Javier Baez grabbed the ball, stepped on second and fired to first to complete the 4-3 double play. LeMahieu scored on the play, 9-4 Rockies. With Barnes at third, Morneau flied out to left to end the inning.

The Rockies scored six runs on seven hits in the sixth inning … and after six complete, the Cubs trailed 9-4.

The Cubs managed a two-out walk by Chris Coghlan in the seventh against Matt Belisle, but that was all and Chris Rusin made his first appearance since being called up last week.

Rusin walked Arenado to start the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez doubled to right center and put runners on second and third with no outs. Corey Dickerson singled to center with the infield in. Arenado and Gonzalez scored, 11-4 Rockies. Michael McKenry launched a 0-1 pitch from Rusin deep into the stands in deep left … 13-4 Rockies. After Rusin issued a walk to LeMahieu, Culberson grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Charlie Blackmon was caught looking to finally end the inning.

The Cubs were being thumped 13-4 after seven innings.

And that is the way the game ended.

Kyle Hendricks faces Yohan Flande in the series finale on Thursday afternoon (2:05pm CDT).

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  • AaronOR
    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Thanks a ton Aaron! This is the point I’ve been trying to make for a while as to why I think we’re set up for a potentially unprecedented run of success very soon. Depth at every position. We all know not all prospects will make it. But they don’t have to, because all we have to do is “next man up.”

      He didn’t even get into the lower levels and guys like Zagunis, Torres, Jimenez, KBrown, Ramirez, Paniagua, Hanneman, Mitchell, Young, Martarano.

      Or Olt and a guy like Lars Anderson. I know some have written off Olt after 2 and 1/2 months in MLB (in rare duty), and almost everyone has written off Anderson. But realistically I think we all know Olt has more chances for sure even if not in Chicago. And as a former top prospect, Anderson may get some love too. He’s only 26, and had injuries and looking at his minor league history 2011 is the only year he played at the same level and club for any real length of time. After playing well at AAA and now at AA in 2014,I don’t see why the book is closed on him, at 26, either.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Plenty of guys to fill in gaps for prospects that fizzle out. And plenty of inventory to make trades, without sacrificing depth in the system. I know some here get so upset when I comparre things liek this as being “all-time,” or “unprecedented,” but it kinda seems that way to me. I don’t remember any time for the Cubs, or really any talent rich organization with this much depth. And that was able to get their hands on so many castoff type guys that were still extremely young, with no real good reason to consider their long-term prospects as bleak. Many may turn out bleak. But others will surprise.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          In baseball, one team’s trash, has often become another team’s treasure. We’re taking some calculated chances that guys like Anderson, Turner, Doubront will turn it around and become viable players. And if not with us than as inventory for trades. Some will turn around, others will not. But we’re stacking the deck in our favor.

          • AaronOR

            I agree with on all parts. It just amazes me the turn around in the minors the past few years. It will be great to see it transpire on the major league level. I believe some fans of other major league teams are going to be in awe of the cubs organization in the near future.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            It’s already happening! Someone posted yesterday that Cards fans are saying the stack of players we have is “not fair!” I’ve never heard cards refer to anything Cubs by those words. It’s a special time. The rest of te league is alreay on notice and realize that we’ve got a horde of talent that’s possibly never been seen in one organization before. In a few more years we may have some “evil empire,” comments thrown toward our lovable losers ;).

    • triple

      Great read, thanks for posting!

  • jtrain23

    Jake Arrieta didn’t look horrible to start the night out. He just started missing, and not even by much. However, he missed the way you absolutely cannot miss against the Rockies at Coors Field. His pitches caught the heart of the plate and they hit them hard. When the ball starts flying around in Denver, the Rockies are dangerous. It was amazing how their players knew exactly how to turn what seemed to be singles into doubles. That huge outfield is an amazing advantage for this team when they are hitting the gaps.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Good points Jtrain. Gary and others were saying he was up in the zone too. Killer in Denver. That’s been a strength of his all year. He’s kept the ball down.

      He had to have a start like this eventually. Odds eventually go against you. Hopefully he gets off to another streak of success starting his next game.

      • jtrain23

        It doesn’t matter how hard you can throw, when you catch that much of the plate, you’ll have trouble. As crazy as it may seem, I would rather see a start like this than one where he walks 7-8 and makes a ton of pitches through 4 innings. The mistakes he was making are far easier to correct. It isn’t mechanical, just making sure you hit those corners.

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  • bpot92

    On a side note I saw that the cubs were the lone team to put in a claim on Hamels. Even if its just to block another team it gives them the opportunity to ask if he’s available. With 100 million left on his deal the Phillies might be willing to talk about a trade for the right package of prospects and money to kick start their rebuild.

    • triple

      I know this will never happen, but here’s my idea for a stupidly elaborate trade with the Phillies…

      Phillies get Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Dan Vogelbach, and one of Junior Lake or Mike Olt. Cubs will pay EJax’s contract for next 2 years ($11/yr). Cubs get Cole Hammels while both teams split the cost of his remaining contract ($22.5M/year over 4 years, so $11.25M each/yr. Why not just trade the players with what they are due per their own contract since the money is about the same? Because the Cubs would have Hamels for ’15 and ’16 season essentially for $22.25M per season, but then his cost would drop to $11.25 for ’17 and ’18 seasons. Cubs would be responsible for paying the option for the ’19 season if it is picked up. But this would cut the Phillies financial commitment by $50M (paid over 4 years) while they get the services of EJax, Wood, and either Olt or Lake for the major league team and are all very cost controlled so they can cheaply have some durable arms and a position player prospect who needs to play everyday that has potential to hit 20-30 HRs as an everyday player, and a possible future 1st basemen who can replace Ryan Howard in a couple years. And the Cubs get a lefty TOR pitcher with postseason experience who would look mighty nice along with a guy like Jon Lester at the front of our rotation. Just imagine those 2 guys followed by Arietta, Hendricks, and one of Straily, Doubront, or Turner (if that comes to fruition)? Can something like this be pulled off, especially if teams are starting to see that power hitters are more valuable than pitchers, especially aging (and pricey) pitchers? Seeing how the Cubs would be taking on the full risk of injury possibility in Hamels after he’s pitched so many healthy years and innings already, does that seem like a fair return to help the Phillies begin their own rebuild? Is it too much? Or not enough? What do you fellas think about my proposal? Like I said, is it stupidly elaborate, giving up too much, not enough, or just the crazy kind of deal that could put the Cubs in contention next season?

      Seriously, I think it would be huge if the Cubs landed Cole Hamels in a trade. Any of the top FA pitchers would love to come to Chicago and be paired with him at the top of the rotation, especially with all the bats that are coming.

      • Tony_H

        I would look at trading for Hamels as well, but the dial tone you would hear after that offer would give you your answer.

        EJAX and Wood are just not gonna return much, Olt or Lake or both failing right now and Vogelbach has shown much less power this year. They would say Baez, Bryant, Soler etc types to start any deal, not bad players we want to get rid of from our roster and the Phillies won’t be paying any of the contract unless the team overpays.

        Sorry man, this looks like those bad fantasy trades that people throw out there hoping the guy hits the wrong button in response.

      • daverj

        With all due respect, that would be a terrible trade for the Phillies. They would be dealing a TOR and receiving back a handful or “could be’s” and “may be’s” who don’t have much upside. And Olt is similar to a guy the Phil already have in Ruf. Hamels current salary is fair market value (perhaps even a below after the Tanaka deal). You can’t get an ace pitcher for spare parts.

        A Hamels deal would have to go like this, if anything (and I’m not either team would even go for this):

        Cubs get Hamels and agree to pay all of his salary.

        Phillies get either (A) 1 elite prospect (Baez, Russell, Soler or Bryant) OR (B) a near elite prospect like Almora or Alcantara, a very good prospect like Vogelbach or McKinney and third decent prospect.

        • SirGladiator

          I’d gladly trade guys like Alcantara and Vogelbach for Hamels. Wouldn’t trade the top Superstars like Bryant Baez or Russell, and shouldn’t need to given how expensive Hamels is. But the lower level guys I’m happy to trade for an elite arm like him. Let’s get him!

        • bpot92

          If the Cubs take on all 96 million owed, I think they would say no to any of the Elite prospects. Here is a proposal I would do:
          1) Cubs pay all 96 million
          2: Cubs Traded: Almora, Edwards Or P. Johnson, Candelario, Travis Wood
          Almora would immediately jump to either their #3 ranked prospect according to Mlb Pipelines ratings (overall on the 20-80 scale), and Edwards/Johnson and candelario would fall in the 4-6 range since they are tied with the 3 best Phillies prospect. Wood gives them a younger arm to plug into their rotation now. Eloy Jimenez could also be in the mix although I suspect they want more ready prospects because they dont want a long rebuild.

        • bpot92

          If the Cubs take on all 96 million owed, I think they would say no to any of the Elite prospects. Here is a proposal I would do:
          1) Cubs pay all 96 million
          2: Cubs Traded: Almora, Edwards Or P. Johnson, Candelario, Travis Wood
          Almora would immediately jump to either their #3 ranked prospect according to Mlb Pipelines ratings (overall on the 20-80 scale), and Edwards/Johnson and candelario would fall in the 4-6 range since they are tied with the 3 best Phillies prospect. Wood gives them a younger arm to plug into their rotation now. Eloy Jimenez could also be in the mix although I suspect they want more ready prospects because they dont want a long rebuild.

    • Tony_H

      Not likely to happen, but let’s the Phillies and Hamels know they are interested. But you never know.

      The other thing it does is show Lester that they are serious and are willing to pay that range for a top pitcher.

      • bpot92

        Slim to none chance, but it gives them a chance to see if the Phillies are even willing to listen and what it would take.

      • bpot92

        Slim to none chance, but it gives them a chance to see if the Phillies are even willing to listen and what it would take.

  • Sonate

    On another positive note, I notice that Chris Coghlan now has his average up over 300. Maybe he’s starting to realize his potential?

  • DWalker

    I never seem to be able to get excited for some reason about waiver claims, but the turner deal actually has me excited. This is when of those deals where you just hear a “click” falling into place. The marlins were the marlins and made a series of decsioins leading to having to DFA him for a rostor spot rather than rehabbing him, his results are lagging but his performance is improving, hes only 23 and went basicly straight to the majors, hes been with the friggin marlins the last couple of years (that really can’t have helped him), and the cubs actually have coaches who can actualy develop a player now. Might not be our Ace, but for the cost he’s a great pickup as a turnaround project and like I said, this actually feels like a click, anyway, our pitching depth just got a little deeper and a lot more interesting.

  • Eugene Debs

    I guess we have to put that order of “championship belts” on hold.