It was a lost weekend for the Chicago Cubs against the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver Colorado. The Rockies shut out the Cubs on Friday 5-0 and then after Casey Coleman’s great start and a 8-3 win on Saturday, the Cubs couldn’t get the win on Sunday to take the series from the NL’s best team.
On Saturday, Casey Coleman worked into the 6th inning holding one of the best hitting teams in baseball to just 1 ER on 4 hits and 3 walks. He picked up his 1st win of 2011.
Coleman got plenty of help from his teammates to get the win. Starlin Castro led the way with 4 hits including a home run and a double. He drove in 3 and scored 1 run. Darwin Barney had 2 hits an RBI and a run scored, while Carlos Pena had 2 hits and a run scored. Alfonso Soriano also had a big day with 3 hits including a home run and 2 RBI’s.
On Sunday, however, Ryan Dempster dug his squad into an early hole by giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning. He ended up giving up 5 ER on 7 hits and 2 walks and left with the game tied at 5. Jeff Samardzija kept the game close with 2 scoreless innings of relief in his best outing of the season. But it was Marcos Mateo who had a rare bad outing (he had made 5 consecutive scoreless appearances heading into the game) when allowed a 4-run 8th inning rally to the Rockies that gave the home team a win. Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney kept up their hotting. Castro had 3 more hits with an RBI and a run scored and is now hitting .418 on the season. Barney had 2 hits and a run scored and is hitting .333. The 1-2 combination of Castro and Barney at the top of lineup has given the Cubs offense a much-needed spark early in the season. Let’s hope they can keep it up.
The Cubs fell to 7-8 on the season, but still only trail the 1st place Cincinnati Reds by 2 games in the NL Central. Carlos Zambrano goes for his 3rd straight win of the season (and 12th win overall dating back to last season) as the Cubs square off against the San Diego Padres tonight at Wrigley Field.