What a horrible weekend for the Cubs in Denver this weekend – not sure it’s even worth it to re-live the debacle.
Friday – 7/30/10 – Cubs 2, Rockies 17 – A 12-run 8th inning turned a close game into an embarrassing laugher for the Cubs. Sean Marshall gave up hits to the 1st 2 batters he faced in the 8th inning, but then got 2 strikeouts and 2 strikes on Carlos Gonzalez before Gonzalez stroked an RBI single to start the record-setting rally. The Rockies set a major league record by recording 11 straight hits and they had 13 hits in the inning overall which was a franchise-record. The Rockies scored 12 runs to extend their 5-2 lead to 17-2. WOW. The Rockies batted around twice in the inning. Troy Tulowitki, Clint Barmes and Melvin More each had 2 hits in the inning. Every Rockies hitter got a hit in the inning.
Sean Marshall was charged with 5 ER on 5 hits in 2/3 of an inning. Andrew Cashner faced 6 batters and did not record a single out – 6 hits, 6 runs, 2 home runs. And Brian Schlitter mopped up the mess with 1 ER on 2 hits and 2 walks as he recorded the final out of the inning on an Ian Stewart fly ball to deep center field with the bases loaded.
Marshall had this to say — “It was dumbfounding as for us as it was people to watch the game. You hate to be on the receiving end. I don’t think it’s going to happen again.”
Manager Lou Pinella had this to say — “I’d never seen an inning like that. We had two outs and two strikes on a hitter and they score 12 runs. I’d never seen an inning like that.” The problem is Lou – it seems like you or another member of the Cubs organization has said that same thing about a dozen times this year. The Cub sseem to invent new ways to lose on a daily basis these days…
Saturday – 7/31/10 – Cubs 5, Rockies 6 – After Derrek Lee’s game-tying 3-run home run in the top of the 8th inning, the Cubs thought their luck might change. Marshall even came in and pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the bottom of the inning, but interim Manager Alan Trammell opted to stick with Marshall to face the left-handed hitting Carlos Gonzalez instead of bringing in closer Carlos Marmol to start the 9th. And that turned out to be a fatal mistake as Gonzalez crushed the 1st pitch he saw into the 3rd deck in deep right field. It was a walk-off 6-5 win for the Rockies as Gonzalez used that home run to complete hitting for the cycle in his final at-bat of the game.
Tom Gorzelanny looked mortal again in the elevation of Colorado. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, but gave up 5 ER on 9 hits and 2 walks.
Sunday – 8/1/10 – Cubs 7, Rockies 8 – Another poor start to the game put the Cubs in a hole on Sunday. Carlos Silva only pitched to 4 batters because he was suffering from an abnormally high heart rate. He had to make a trip to a Denver area hospital and did not make the trip back to Chicago after the game. Silva recorded one out, but suffered his 5th loss of the season, giving up 2 ER on 2 hits and a walk. James Russell did not fare much better, giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and a walk in his 2 2/3 inning of work. And while Carlos Zambrano tossed a scoreless 4th inning, he ran into trouble in the 5th inning giving up 2 ER on 2 walks and 2 hits. He walked the first 2 men he faced in the inning and both runners scored. Just like that – it was 6-0 after 2 innings and 8-0 after 5 innings. Not good, when you are riding a 4-game losing streak.
The Cubs made it interesting in the late innings. Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto each singled in runs in the 7th inning. Alfonso Soriano cut the lead to 8-4 in the 8th inning with a solo HR. In the 9th inning, Rockies closer Huston Street walked Lee and Soto with 1 out. Marlon Byrd then triple in Lee and Soto and the lead was 8-6. Soriano’s sac fly on a spectacular play by outfielder Nat Fowler plated Byrd to cut the lead to 8-7. If Fowler doesn’t catch that ball, who knows how far Soriano goes on the play. But with no one on base, Street struck out Jeff Baker to end the game.
One other bright spot for the Cubs — newly acquired Blake DeWitt had 3 hits in his Cubs debut.
All in all, it was a brutal road trip for the Cubs. After winning the 1st game in Houston, the Cubs proceeded to drop the final 5 games of the trip. The Cubs are now 13 games under .500 at 46-59 and they trail the 1st place St. Louis Cardinals by 13 games…