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.
Chris 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).