Rockies 0 @ Cubs 5 (Final in 8)

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

Chris Volstad
Vying to become the No. 2 starter for the Cubs (at least for the rest of the season), Volstad tamed the Rockies lineup for 6 innings. When Dale trotted him back out for the 7th, Jeremiah and I were skeptical of his ability to maintain the slim 2-0 lead. Volstad was yanked with two on and two out, but Corpas made quick work of his one batter – getting a forceout at second to finish the 7th. Volstad’s final line; 6.2 IPs, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 BBs, 3 Ks, 101 pitches. It was his best outing as a Cub – by a lot.

Starlin Castro
It wasn’t Alfonso Soriano’s day at the plate – he made the final out in four different innings. But that meant that Castro led the Cubs’ attack in four different innings. His line; 2-for-3, 2B, BB, K, 3 runs scored. Starlin had a lot of help scoring those runs from ‘useless’ productive outs.

After a double in the 2nd, he advanced on a flyout and scored on a groundout. After a walk in the 6th, he advanced to second and then to third on back-to-back groundouts, ultimately scoring on a single. And after an infield single in the 8th, he advanced to third on successive walks that loaded the bases, scoring on Mather’s pinch-hit sacfly. The Cubs scored Castro 3 different times with just one hit while he was on base (and 2 walks to go with 5 ‘productive’ outs).

Eighth Inning
After Castro scored the third run of the game in the 8th, William Harris uncorked a wild pitch that scored Brett Jackson (sliding head first into home) and surrendered a single to David DeJesus that scored Barney. When we took a series from the Astros in the middle of the month I declared us #29! After the 8th inning today, I’m going to revise that…We’re 28! We’re 28!

Volstad’s Drought
The win was Volstad’s first since July 10, 2011 as a member of the Florida Marlins – a team that no longer exists!  On that day:

  • Gas was $3.62/gallon (now $3.76)
  • First Class Postage was $0.44 (now $0.45)
  • NASA was flying manned missions into space
  • Muammar Gaddafi and his blonde lady-bodyguards ruled Libya
  • Amy Winehouse was alive
  • So was Kim Jong-il
  • Jerry Sandusky was just some guy you’d never heard of
  • And the Cubs lost on 7/10/11 to then future and now former Cub Paul Maholm and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jeff Baker hit fourth that day. The Cubs used 14 players in that loss and only Castro, Barney, Soriano, and Russell are still with the MLB team.
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