Cubs Drop First Series of the Year to Rockies; Look to Rebound vs. Cardinals in St. Louis

Posted on 18 April 2016 by Bob

The Cubs finished up their opening home stand with a loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon, falling 2 – 0 despite a pretty solid outing from Jon Lester. The lefty threw 7.1 innings, giving up four hits and striking out ten. His lone mistake; a solo home run by Rockies third basemen Nolan Arenado provided all the offense Colorado would need as the Cubs were held scoreless for the first time this season. Arenado would add another solo-shot in the ninth inning off of Justin Grimm to provide some insurance. The Cubs offered little of note outside of two plays by Jon Lester that will surely find their way to Sports Center, albeit for different reasons. The first, an awkward throw to first on a bunt attempt that Lester fielded quickly but bounced twice en route to Rizzo’s glove, shockingly recording an out.  The second was a double by the pitcher; his first extra-base hit and one that almost jump-started a Cubs rally before being snuffed out. Some things change, others stay the same.

Lester throws to first

In the other dugout, Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood was outstanding allowing only two hits over seven innings and the Colorado bullpen followed suit, giving up just one hit and zero walks the rest of the way. A pretty impressive feat given the potency of this Cubs lineup and the gorgeous weather at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Losing a series for the first time this season, while disappointing to a rabid Cubs fan base, will (believe it or not) happen from time to time throughout this season; even with a lineup as solid as the Cubs.  That’s baseball, and I’m sure Manager Joe Maddon has already turned the page, as two games in which the Cubs didn’t play their best don’t make a trend. Finishing up the home stand at 4 – 2, and 9 – 3 overall, the Cubs can hold their heads up high as they head to St. Louis to face the Rival with-a-capital-R  Cardinals in the clubs’ first meeting since the NLDS last October. Ask any Cubs fan on the street for the result in case you missed it.

Heyward a Cub

This is indeed a big series for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, the Cardinals have to carry a bit of a chip on their shoulder after winning the division and sporting the best record in baseball last season, only to be chased from the playoffs by an upstart Cubs squad they had suppressed for a long, long time. Adding insult to injury, two of the Cards top contributors; John Lackey and Jason Heyward traded in their Cardinal Red for Cubbie Blue (and less money to boot). They will surely hear it from Cardinals fans tonight as they begin a three game series at Busch. Lastly, these are division games between the two teams picked to contend for the division title this year. They will face each other 19 times and both squads would tell you how important it is to get a leg up on the other, especially for the Cubs being on the road.

Lackey a Cub

Bragging rights abound in what is becoming the juiciest rivalry in baseball. The Cubs hope to stop their series-losing streak at one while I’m sure the Cardinals will look to set the tone that they are still the team to beat in the Central.

Lackey is set to square off against the newly-acquired; Mike Leake for the Red Birds. Game time is 7:00PM CST.

 

Let’s Go Cubs!

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