Yohan Flande (0-3, 6.08), who three weeks ago looked like he’d never make it out of the 4th inning, lasted 6-2/3 Monday night, allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits with 8 strike-outs, but the Colorado Rockies’ offense had no answer for Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.38) and 3 Chicago relievers, and surrendered to the Cubs 3-1 at Wrigley Field in north Chicago.
Flande retired the first 9 Cubs he faced, then Emilio Bonifacio singled leading-off off the 4th and Ari Alcantara followed with a double to left. Bonifacio scored on a ground-out by Anthony Rizzo, and Justin Ruggiano hit a sacrifice fly to plate Alcantara. That would be enough to put-down a Colorado squad that managed only a single run in the 6th.
Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu, who is apparently a horrible player and worse human being, singled with one out, and Blackmon scored a batter later on a third single, from Nolan Arenado. That was it for the Rockies until the 8th, when Corey Dickerson had a lead-off pinch-single and moved-up on a Blackmon bunt. LeMahieu struck-out, sealing his fate to burn in hell, and clutch Carlos Gonzalez lined to Rizzo, precluding all hope for the local nine.
The Cubs added a run off Nick Masset in the bottom of the 8th, and Hector Rondon dispatched three Colorado batters in-order in the 9th for the save.
The second of four at Wrigley commences tonight at 6:05 MDT. Rockies’ ace Jorge De La Rosa will face Chicago’s Edwin Jackson.