Game One Hundred Three – Cubs 2 Rockies 17
WP – Jeff Francis (4-3) LP – Ryan Dempster (8-8) Save – None
The 2010 version of the Chicago Cubs keep finding embarrassing ways to lose a ballgame. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, Lou Piniella’s pathetic excuse for a baseball team takes the field.
The Rockies turned a 5-2 advantage in the eighth into a 17-2 drubbing … and all 12 runs were scored with two outs. The Rockies batted around twice and ripped 11 straight hits with two outs. In the process the Rockies set a Major League record with the 11 straight hits off of Sean Marshall, Andrew Cashner and Brian Schlitter.
The Rockies pounded out 13 hits in another nightmarish eighth inning and scored five runs off Marshall in 2/3 off an inning, six off Cashner and one off Schlitter before the Cubs could record the third out of the inning.
Ryan Dempster had another bad start against the Rockies. Dempster left in the fifth without recording an out. In his shortest outing of the season, Dempster allowed five runs on seven hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Dempster struggled with his command once again and threw 105 pitches in four-plus innings.
Dempster was sharp the first time through the lineup but seemingly fell apart after allowing Jeff Francis’ first hit of the season. Francis ended an 0-for-16 skid and scored the first run of the game.
While Sean Marshall and Andrew Cashner had their worst outings of the season, James Russell was extremely good in relief of Ryan Dempster.
The Cubs offense disappeared again. Tyler Colvin drove in one of the Cubs’ two runs with a triple in the sixth. The Cubs managed only four hits and two walks … and have clearly quit.
Starlin Castro was a loud 0-for-4 Friday night.
Ryan Theriot was pulled as part of a double-switch in the fifth and started the speculation he had been traded. Theriot is still a Cub … and so is Ted Lilly.
The Cubs dropped back to 11 games under .500 on the year (46-57) with their third loss in a row. The Cubs have been outscored in their last three games by a score of 31-4 … Friday night was beyond embarrassing once again. This team has quit playing and seemingly no longer care. They might say otherwise but actions speak louder than words. The Astros and Rockies have outscored the Cubs 31-4 in the last three games.
Ryan Dempster appeared to be in cruise control until he gave up Jeff Francis’ first hit of the season. Dempster retired Clint Barmes to begin the third and quickly got ahead of the hitless Francis 1-2, but Francis ripped a single to center on Dempster’s next pitch.
Dexter Fowler followed Francis with a ground rule to right center. With runners on second and third with one out, Seth Smith ripped Dempster’s first pitch over Tyler Colvin’s head in right field. Francis and Fowler scored … 2-0 Rockies.
Dempster struck out Carlos Gonzalez then lost his command. Dempster issued three straight walks to Troy Tulowitzki, Brad Hawpe and Chris Iannetta to force in the Rockies third run.
The Cubs offense continued to be mystified by Jeff Francis in the fourth and fifth.
With the Rockies up 3-0, Carlos Gonzalez led off the home half of the fifth with his 20th homer of the year … and the 20th dinger hit off of Dempster this season.
Dempster then gave up a single to Tulowitzki and walked Brad Hawpe. With runners on first and second and no outs, Dempster walked Chris Iannetta to load the bases and end his night.
James Russell took over and gave up a RBI single to Ian Stewart. The Rockies took a 5-0 lead and ended the game in the fifth inning.
Russell settled down and put together his best outing of the season. Russell retired Barmes on a pop out to Derrek Lee, struck out Jeff Francis and got Fowler to pop out to right to end the inning.
The Cubs got on the board in the top of the sixth. Jeff Baker, who came in as a part of a double-switch with James Russell in the bottom of the fifth, led off with a single to right. Tyler Colvin ripped a triple down the right field line and plated Baker with the Cubs first run.
Starlin Castro then ripped a 1-1 pitch from Francis down the third base line. Ian Stewart dove toward the line and took away at least a double. Derrek Lee followed with a ground out to short and drove in Colvin with the Cubs’ second run.
The Rockies took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth.
Clint Barmes led off the eighth with a double to left and advanced to third on a single by pinch-hitter Melvin Mora. With runners on first and third with no outs, Sean Marshall struck out Dexter Fowler and Ryan Spilborghs. But Carlos Gonzalez reached down and ripped a 1-1 pitch into right field and gave the Rockies a 6-2 lead.
Troy Tulowitzki followed with a double, Mora scored and the Rockies were on their way to making history.
Brad Hawpe doubled off the top of the wall in right center (9-2) and chased Marshall from the game. Andrew Cashner came in and gave up Chris Iannetta’s first triple of the season (10-2). Ian Stewart homered (12-2), Clint Barmes singled, Melvin Mora doubled (13-2) and Fowler homered to right (14-2).
Ryan Spilborghs singled and chased Casher from the game. Brian Schlitter gave up a single to Carlos Gonzalez and a double to Troy Tulowitzki (17-2). Brad Hawpe and Chris Iannetta walked to load the bases with two outs. The 18th batter to hit in the eighth, Ian Stewart, flied out to deep left center to end the inning.
The 13 hits were the most allowed by a Cubs team in a single inning since July 11, 1989. The Cardinals tallied 10 hits in the seventh inning against the Boys of Zimmer.
The Cubs did not even try in the ninth.
Tom Gorzelanny and Jason Hammel will square off on Saturday night.