The Rockies threw the game away today on purpose letting Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta toy with the Rockies in a 6-2 victory by the Cubs. Walt Weiss put the Sunday lineup out there, letting Christian Adames bat lead off while resting DJLM. Dustin Garneau, the backup catcher, was behind the dish. David Hale was called from Albuquerque to save the bullpen for Sunday’s rubber game. Arrieta has now gone 48.2 consecutive innings at Wrigley Field without giving up a run.
Christian Bergman pitched very well and efficiently in his spot start, giving up only two runs on back-to-back homers in the fourth. David Hale took over in the sixth and was asked to toss two innings, but he had too many deep counts and free passes. Ex-Rockie Dexter Fowler hit a three-run shot on full count with two outs after Ryan Raburn badly misplayed foul popup that would have ended the inning. Jason Gurka mopped up the last four outs while giving up a run.
The lone bright spot for the Rockies was CarGo extending his hit streak to 21 going back to the end of last season. The Rockies were more than happy to see Arrieta give way to Travis Wood for the ninth inning. Trevor Story hit a double down the right field line and CarGo followed with an opposite field blast for a 6-2 final. The Cubs were uncomfortable enough to call in Pedro Strop to get the final two outs.
CarGo has been very consistent and productive this year and Jeff Bridich’s decision to hold off trading CarGo to add to his value. A big trade looks more and more likely as the season goes on. Hale is going in the opposite direction; he is either not fully healthy or not good enough for the big leagues.
Colorado drops to 6-5, but they will remain in third place a half-game back of the Giants and Dodgers pending Giants-Dodgers game. (SF was leading LA 4-0 in 7th at time of writing). Tyler Chatwood will oppose Jon Lester in the rubber game Sunday at 12:20 MDT.