After taking a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning, Starlin Castro helped give it all back in the top of the 2nd inning with 3 costly errors. That set the tone for a major momentum swing as the Rockies rallied for the 5-3 win over the Cubs on a cool, wet night at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs jumped out to the 3-0 lead on a 2-run HR by Darwin Barney and a sacrifice fly by Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the 1st inning.
But Castro’s 1st error allowed Troy Tulowitzki to reach 1st base to lead off the 2nd inning. After a strikeout and a single, Castro’s next error on a groundball that popped out of his glove, allowed Tulowitzki to score with the Rockies 1st run. Then with runners on 1st and 2nd, Castro fielded Chris Iannetta’s groundball cleanly, but then air-mailed the throw over Barney’s head at 2nd base into the right field bullpens which allowed both runners to score. Just like that, the game was tied at 3.
The Cubs had their chances. They got 8 hits and 4 walks off of Rockies’ starter Esmil Rogers in 5 1/3 innings, but were only able to score the 3 1st inning runs against him. 3 Rockies relievers then held the Cubs scoreless for the final 11 outs of the game to preserve the Rockies win.
Matt Garza had to deal with the 3 Castro errors and then his own error on a throw to 1st base in the 5th inning that allowed the game-winning run to score. Garza worked 6 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 3 hits and 1 walk with 7 K’s. He lowered his WHIP to 1.47 and his ERA to 4.11, but he is still searching for his 1st Cubs win. He’ll have 1 more chance to pick up that 1st win in the month of May when he takes on the DBacks in Arizona on Saturday – the last day of the month.
There were a few bright spots – Kosuke Fukudome hit lead-off and went 5 for 5 with 1 run scored. He is now hitting .478!
Jeff Samardzija had another solid appearance. He pitched 2 scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th to keep the game within reach. He allowed just 1 hit and struck out 2 and has now made 5 straight appearances without allowing a run to score – streak spanning 8 1/3 innings. Not too shabby.
Casey Coleman looks to rebound from an awful start last Wednesday as he takes on the Rockies tonight at Wrigley Field.