Brett Anderson tore through the first 9 Chicago Cubs batters on 32 pitches (25 strikes), but on pitch no. 33 his back seized-up, and with nobody on in the 4th Frankie Morales, freshly reassigned to the bullpen, came on, and as is his habit in a pinch, tore through the next 11 Cubs, allowing only a home run by Welington Castillo and a single by Junior Lake. In the bottom of the 6th the Colorado Rockies had two on with 2 out and Morales due to bat. Manager Walt Weiss went instead to Corey Dickerson, who struck-out. The Rockies retained a 3-1 lead going into the 7th, then the Cubs managed the unthinkable, sending 9 men to the plate and scoring 3 runs to take a 4-3 lead without the benefit of a hit. Chicago would go-on to outlast Colorado 6-5 in 12 innings, sending the Rockies to their 5th consecutive loss, and 8th in the last 9 games.
Tommy Kahnle came-on for Morales in the top of the 7th and couldn’t throw the ball below the batters’ waists. He walked Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Luis Valbuena to load the bases, striking-out Justin Ruggiano ahead of Valbuena, using 20 pitches, 13 balls. Nick Masset replaced Kahnle and walked Castillo to plate Rizzo. With left-handed hitter Chris Coghlan announced to hit for Lake, Weiss went to Rex Brothers, who had his usual command, walking Coghlan to score Castro, surrendering a line-drive sacrifice to Chris Valaika to score Valbuena, and walking Mendy Alcantara to re-load the bases for Matt Belisle, who managed to retire the side when Javier Baez drilled a shot that Charlie Blackmon tracked-down just short of the warning track.
Colorado got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a Nolan Arenado homer, but managed only a pinch-walk to Carlos Gonzalez in the 9th, and the game went to extra innings. Belisle got Chicago in-order in the 8th and LaTroy Hawkins worked-out of a single-intentional walk jam in the 9th. Adam Ottavino became the Rockies’ 7th pitcher in the 10th, when he struck-out the side, but gave the Cubs the lead in the 11th on a lead-off double by Castro, more walks, to Valbuena and Castillo, and a single by Ryan Sweeney versus Boone Logan (2-2, 5.48), the last Colorado bullpen arm available.
Colorado had failed to score in the 10th, leaving the bases loaded with one out when Brandon Barnes grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. They tied-it back-up in the bottom of the 11th when Charlie Culberson, who pinch-ran for Arenado, delivered a 2 out single with Jason Pridie on 2nd, but Baez, one of Chicago’s burgeoning stable of prospects, homered off Logan leading off the 12th, and the Rockies would not answer.
They’ll try it again tonight. Jordan Lyles will return from the disabled list to oppose Jake Arrieta. Game time is 6:40 MDT, back at Coors Field in Denver.