Game One Hundred Four – Cubs 5 Rockies 6
WP – Huston Street (2-2) LP – Sean Marshall (6-3) Save – None
For the second time in two years, a Rockie hit for the cycle at Coors Field against Cubs pitching. Last season it was Troy Tulowitzki … Saturday night it was Carlos Gonzalez . This time in dramatic fashion.
Carlos Gonzalez launched Sean Marshall’s first pitch of the bottom of the ninth into the third deck in right. Gonzalez’s walk off bomb completed the cycle and gave his team a 6-5 win … and he handed the Cubs their 23rd one-run loss of the season (13-23).
Gonzalez finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in five trips to the plate. CarGo drove in two and scored a pair as well.
The Rockies pounded out 12 hits against Cubs pitching to go along with three walks. Melvin Mora also managed four hits in four trips to the plate with a run scored and a RBI.
Derrek Lee tied the game in the eighth with a three-run homer to center. Lee’s 12th dinger of the season, first since July 15, tied the game at five. Lee scored the 1000th run of his career on the home run. The Cubs offense had managed only two runs on four hits in the first seven innings off of Jason Hammel. The Cubs simply did not make Hammel work … he threw only 83 pitches in 7 1/3 innings.
The Cubs offense went in order in five of the nine innings.
Tom Gorzelanny’s four-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday night. Gorzelanny struggled with his command and gave up five runs on nine hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Carlos Zambrano made his first appearance since June 25 and had a decent outing. After giving up a walk and a single to load the bases in the seventh, Zambrano struck out Seth Smith on a 95 MPH fastball and got Brad Hawpe to pop out to short to end the inning. Z appeared to get more comfortable as the inning progressed.
Starlin Castro and Marlon Byrd continued their impressive play in the field Saturday night … and turned out two spectacular plays behind Gorzelanny and Marshall.
The Cubs lost their fourth game in a row and slipped to 12 games under .500 on the season with a 46-58 record. The Cubs showed up to the park Saturday for the first time in nearly a week. They might have lost their fourth in a row, but at least they did not quit and appeared to care. A win would have helped but for as bad as they have played, it was good to see a little heart Saturday night.
Tom Gorzelanny escaped the first inning without allowing a run but the Rockies got to him in a big way in the second inning.
Melvin Mora led off with a single to center. Gorzelanny then issued a four-pitch walk to Ryan Spilborghs. Gorzelanny struck out Brad Hawpe but gave up a three-run homer to Miguel Olivo on the first pitch of the at bat.
The Rockies tacked on a run in the third … while Jason Hammel was busy mowing down the overly aggressive Cubs’ offense.
Carlos Gonzalez tripled off the top of the wall in right center. Gorzelanny retired Tulowitzki on a pop out to short for the second out but Melvin Mora came through with a two-out RBI single to left … Rockies 4-0.
The Cubs finally got on the board in the fifth. Marlon Byrd led off the inning with a single to center … the Cubs second hit of the game. Alfonso Soriano then doubled down the third base line. Mora misplayed the ball and Byrd scored all the way from first. Soriano ended up at third and scored on a sac fly to right by Geovany Soto. Ryan Spilborghs made an excellent leaping catch at the wall in right to take away extra bases from Soto.
The Rockies made it 5-2 in the seventh. Dexter Fowler singled to center and advanced to third on a hit and run single by Clint Barmes. Marlon Byrd then robbed Carlos Gonzalez of at least a single with a diving catch for the first out … Fowler tagged and scored, 5-2 Rockies.
Carlos Zambrano replaced Gorzelanny and walked Tulowitzki on five pitches. Zambrano looked nervous and very unsure of himself. Melvin Mora singled to right to load the bases then Zambrano settled down.
Seth Smith hit for Spilborghs and struck out swinging on a 1-2 pitch. Brad Hawpe popped out to short on a 1-1 pitch to end the inning.
The Cubs finally got to Jason Hammel in the eighth.
Mike Fontenot led off with a single to right center. Kosuke Fukudome hit for Zambrano and struck out swinging. Tyler Colvin then ripped a single into center and chased Hammel from the game.
Rafael Betancourt replaced Hammel and struck out Starlin Castro.
Derrek Lee stepped in and ended a 0-for-13 skid with a blast to center on Betancourt’s first pitch. With the game tied at five, Sean Marshall escaped a two-out single by Dexter Fowler in the eighth… but could not avoid Carlos Gonzalez in the ninth.
It’s a Way of Life!
Carlos Silva against Jorge De La Rosa in the finale Sunday afternoon.