The Chicago Cubs will get their Old Style vending started early today as they host the Colorado Rockies for an 11:05 am MDT start at Wrigley Field. The “Best Fans in Baseball” will have plenty of time to get down to Rush Street for some Saturday night brawling. The Rockies will send righty Alex White (2-6, 5.55) to the hill against the energy-frugal Cubs’ rookie right-hander Brooks Raley (1-2, 7.63), in the middle match of a 3-game weekend series. White is coming-off a one-run 4-inning start in Monday’s victory over RA Dickey and the New York Mets. He used 83 pitches (46 strikes), allowed 3 hits,
walked 2, and struck-out 4. Raley joined the Cubs August 7 after a stellar July with AAA Iowa. He defeated the Reds last Saturday, surrendering 3 runs in 5 1/3, allowed 5 hits, walked 2, and
Chicago snapped Colorado’s 5-game winning streak, which tied its longest of 2012, with a 5-3 win Friday afternoon. Drew Pomeranz threw 5 effective innings for the Rockies, however the only hits he allowed were bases-empty yard-jobs by Alfonso Soriano and Welington Castillo. Matt Belisle lost it for the Rockies in the eighth. Brett Jackson homered leading-off, then Luis Valbuena doubled and scored on a single by Joe Mather. Colorado’s defense subsequently reverted to its season-long stench, DJ LeMahieu dropping a double-play feed, and pitcher Matt Reynolds lofting his throw to first on Anthony Rizzo’s bunt into right-field, permitting Mather to score. Colorado scored single runs in the first three innings, but the Cubs held them scoreless for the duration. Chris Nelson and Carlos Gonzalez had solo homers.
Le Mahieu, who had 3 hits against his former teammates, will lead-off for the Rockies for the first time. Gonzalez moves back into the 3-hole with Wilin Rosario at clean-up and Andrew Brown 5th in right-field. Dale Sveum has David DeJesus leading-off in right for Chicago with the remainder of his lineup from Friday intact.
Weather in the Windy City will be partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 80’s, about 37% relative humidity and winds out of the south-southwest at 9 MPH. Rockies’ TV will be back with Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson. Radio’s on KOA 850 am.
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