Rockies 5 – Cubs 0
What Went Wrong
The Cubs offense could not figure out Jhoulys Chacin. They were shutout for the second time this season. Chacin went the distance, allowing six hits and striking out seven.
Matt Garza was rocky once again. He has not been terrible in any of his three outings, but he has not done enough to keep the Cubs in the games. They have dropped all three of his starts, but the first one was a blown save by Carlos Marmol and he has received a grand total of zero runs of support in his last two. Still, his 0-2 record and 6.27 ERA must be improved upon quickly.
The Cubs really only threatened to score once in the game, when they had two men on base in the scoreless game in the top of the second. Tyler Colvin bounced into an inning ending double play.
The left handed hitters have not been very productive for Mike Quade this season. Tyler Colvin and Carlos Pena will be leaned on to provide some thump. Tonight Colvin saw his average sink to .135 with an 0-for-3 performance, while Pena managed a single and a walk to improve his average to .200.
Garza allowed the first three batters in the Rockies half of the second inning to reach. Then, Chris Ianetta lined a triple just over the glove of Marlon Byrd. With three runs already in on the play, the throw to third from Starlin Castro was wild, allowing Ianetta to scamper home to make it 4-0. After this blow, the Cubs were never in the contest.
What Went Right
Aramis Ramirez was the lone Cub to make some noise at the dish. He recorded the only Cub extra base knock of the evening and totaled three hits.
The Cubs bullpen did its job. After “Bullpen Day” was a total failure on Tuesday, some questions were raised about the middle relief core. James Russell and Jeff Samardzija both made bounce back outings, working three up, three down frames. Samardzija finally had good control, striking out two of the three men he faced.
News and Notes
- First base umpire Jerry Layne was nailed in the right ankle by a foul liner off the bat of Carlos Pena in the second inning. Layne left the game and a three man crew was used for the rest of the night.
- Kosuke Fukudome is expected to return to the lineup soon. He took batting practice and did some light running before the game today. Kosuke has been out with a strained left hamstring.
- Today was Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball. Every player on the Cubs and every other big league club sported number 42 on his back in honor of Robinson.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Jhoulys Chacin (.303 WPA)
2nd Star – Chris Ianetta (.196 WPA)
3rd Star– Todd Helton (.083 WPA)
Official Recap Standings
Buddy 2-0 (1.00)
Joe 3-3 (.500)
Mark 1-1 (.500)
Chet 0-1 (.000)
Brandon 0-2 (.000)