Last night, the Chicago Cubs raced to a 5-1 lead after six innings. The lone run up to that point was Basedahl’s solo shot to the opposite field leading off the game. After that Colorado was unable to solve Kyle Hendricks over six innings. The Rockies were more than happy to see him out of the game. The crappy bullpen somehow kept the Cubs at five runs while the Rockies mounted an improbable comeback twice in the late innings.
The competition between Kris Bryant and NoDo was clearly in NoDo’s favor when Bryant threw the ball into the dugout that would have ended the inning. Instead the Rockies cut into the deficit, 5-2. On top of that Travis Wood was worked to 25-plus pitches in his inning of work, likely eliminating him from tonight’s game.
Colorado rallied to knot the game at 5-5 in the bottom of eighth with three runs scored. An Adames single, a Basedahl walk, and a ground rule double produced the first run. Then CarGo and NoDo followed with sacrifices to get the next two runs. Cubs showed defensive inadequacies when their left fielder could not nail DJLM at the plate on a shallow fly ball.
Matt Carasiti pitched the top of 11th and gave up a run on two mishit soft hits and a walk. But the damage was limited to one run. In came the trade deadline acquisition closer Aroldis Chapman and the Rockies unfortunately were at the bottom of the order with no chance to scratch the surface. One easy out. Nick Hundley up and he shockingly lined a single to right field. Next up was Ryan Raburn who was playing first base in place of ineffective Ben Paulsen. Chapman gifted Raburn with a hanging slider that he smashed into the right center gap off the wall. Once again the Cubs defense stunk up the place when Javier Baez threw the ball away allowed Raburn to walk home with the walkoff win. Improbable comeback, but it was much needed to hang around in the WC race.
Tonight Jeff Hoffman makes his MLB debut against the formidable Cubs lineup. Christian Bergman was optioned back to Albuquerque and Jason Gurka was released to make room on the 40-man roster for Hoffman. Earlier in the week, Wild Thing was optioned back to Albuquerque to make room for Chad Qualls who was activated off the DL. Wild Thing needed a rest badly as he was used heavily since the ASB. He will be back very soon or on September 1st at the latest.
The next moves Colorado needs to make is get Jordan Patterson up here to play first base and Tom Murphy to replace Nick Hundley and his noodle arm. The Angels DFA’ed Johnny Giovatella today. I’m thinking he’ll be a perfect pickup to replace Adames. Strengthen the utility position off the bench.