Bats in Bag

Jeff Samardzija (2-5, 3.45) won for the first time since April 1 as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Wednesday night at Wrigley Field in the Windy City.  Samardzija struck-out 7 Rockies in 8 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  The right-hander also delivered a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd that held-up until Colorado scored off Kevin Gregg in a 9th inning rally that fizzled with runners on 1st and 3rd.

Chicago tallied a run in the 1st when David DeJesus knocked Rockies’ starter Jon Garland’s (3-4, 4.89) fourth pitch into the left-center-field seats.  Colorado tied it in the top of the 2nd when Todd Helton walked, moved to 3rd on a Nolan Arenado single and scored when Josh Rutledge, who was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, grounded a single to right-field.  Darwin Barney doubled with 2 out in the bottom of the inning and Samardzija followed with his big fly to center, putting the Cubs up 3-1.

The Rockies pulled to within one when RWO favorite Reid Brignac, pinch hitting for Garland, led-off the 6th with a homer of his own to center.  Josh Outman came-on for Garland and made short-order of Chicago in the 6th, but in the 7th Barney, who has been a pest, led-off with a walk, stole 2nd, and moved to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt by Samardzija.  Outman then hit DeJesus with a pitch, and Starlin Castro grounded a single into right wide of a diving Rutledge, scoring Barney and moving DeJesus to 3rd.  Anthony Rizzo knocked him in with a single to right, Castro to 3rd.  Wilton Lopez relieved Outman and got Alphonso Soriano to ground into a force play that plated DeJesus before Nate Schierholtz flew-out to left.  But the Cubs had pushed their lead to 6-2.

Colorado made it interesting in the 9th.  Troy Tulowitzki singled with one out, advanced to 2nd on defensive indifference and 3rd on an error by Gregg.  He scored on a Rutledge single, which brought the tying run to the plate with 2 out, but Wilin Rosario flew-out sharply to center.

The Rockies return home for a 4-game set with defending World Champion San Francisco.  They’ll be looking for Jhoulys Chacin (3-2, 2.70) to do the stopper thing again against Matt Cain (2-2, 5.04) of the Giants.  Game time is 6:40 pm MDT at Coors Field in Denver.

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Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

Old Eric Young Jr. hits a 400 plus feet bomb the game before and then looks like a typical Rockies player the next day and strikes out three times! Swing away Merrill!!!!

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

That’s the mark of a great lead off hitter????

Ever notice how the Rox will heat up then cool off? Is that the mark of poor preparation, good scouting and execution by the opponents or “even a blind squirrel finds an acorn.”

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Rox offensive approach is pathetic most of the time. When you want them to take a pitch they swing out their arse, when you want them to swing they take a fastball right down the middle. EY continues to play and continues to bat leadoff all the while having an OBP of .300. With all my complaints, I still am excited for tonights game against SF and am still thinking we will tonight and only be 1 game out of… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

At the same time, who is a better leadoff hitter…. Yesterday was rare day for EYJ, meanwhile it is rare for Fowler to not have a multi K game.

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