Game Ten – Cubs 1, Rockies 6
WP – Chad Bettis (2-0) LP – Kyle Hendricks (1-1) Save – None
As Joe Maddon said after his team’s second loss of the young season, the Cubs did not play their game. The Cubs managed four hits, all singles, and were charged with four errors and a passed ball. It was a sloppy day for the Cubs as they dropped the opener of the three-game series to the Rockies on Friday afternoon.
The Cubs offense was non-existent against Chad Bettis while the Rockies defense made two game changing plays early that allowed the right-hander to gain confidence. The Cubs walked only four times and were unable to capitalize on early chances to put runs on the board.
Kris Bryant (1-for-4), Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4), Jorge Soler (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) and Addison Russell (1-for-3) recorded the Cubs’ four hits. And Tommy La Stella (0-for-1 with a RBI) drove in the only run with a 4-6 fielder’s choice. If Chad Qualls remembered to cover first base, the Cubs would have been shutout.
The Cubs finished the afternoon 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
The Cubs defense was really, really bad and came within a scorer’s decision of being charged with five errors in a single game for the first time since Aug. 10, 2012.
After committing two errors in the first nine games of the season, the Cubs made four errors (Kyle Hendricks, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell) and Miguel Montero was charged with a passed ball. Clayton Richard uncorked a wild pitch and the Rockies stole three bases in the eighth inning.
Kyle Hendricks had a better outing than his final line indicates. The Rockies did not square up Hendricks and the last run he was charged with scored on a throwing error by Kris Bryant after he left the game.
Hendricks was charged with four runs, two earned, on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Hendricks did not give up an extra basehit and made 83 pitches, 67 for strikes, in six-plus innings.
The Rockies added on in the eighth inning against Clayton Richard, and received help from the Cubs defense. The top of the eighth was the sloppiest half inning for the Cubs on the young season. The Rockies scored two runs and ran at will against Miguel Montero.
The Rockies scored six runs, four earned, on 10 hits with three walks while Cubs’ pitching struck out eight batters.
Joe Maddon said his team will get back on track Saturday.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 8-2 on the young season.
Jake Arrieta gets the ball in game two against Christian Bergman on Saturday afternoon (1:20pm CDT).