Jorge De La Rosa gave the Rockies another quality start and exited the game with the score tied 1-1 after six innings. Both scores were on solo homers in the fourth inning by Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs and William of the Rockies. The Rockies allowed Jeff Samardzija to pitch into the eighth inning helping the Cubs avoid their horrible bullpen. Ex-Rockie Pedro Strop went 2/3 of an inning and Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in a 3-1 Cubs’ upset of the Rockies.
The Rockies collected only five hits, three of them in the fourth inning. After Fowler’s lead off home run, Tulo and Money had back-to-back singles with two outs. The rally died when Tulo was nailed at the plate on a wild pitch that caromed straight back to the catcher. The Rockies had threatened in the eighth and ninth inning. They had runners on first and second with one out, but Strop ended the threat with a fly ball by Jordan Pacheco and a strike out by William. In the ninth, they had runners on the corners with one out, but Money grounded into double play to end the ball game on the first pitch of the AB.
The Cubs only needed two big doubles in the seventh and ninth innings to provide the margin of victory. Cody Ransom walked and scored on a Anthony Rizzo double in the seventh inning off Edgmer Escalona. They again walked and scored on a double in the ninth inning off Rex Brothers. Cole Gillespie, a .100 (1 for 10) hitter on the season drew a walk. He went to the house on a double by Darwin Barney.
It was a bad start to the home stand. Colorado has a tall task of going 7-2 the rest of the way to keep them in contention for the NL Wild West title. The Rockies hope Juan Nicasio will continue his momentum from his previous start tomorrow night. The record dropped to 46-51 and the Rockies are slowly sinking in the quick sand. If their bats stay in the bags much longer, their heads will be below the surface of the quick sand before long.