Cubs 5 @ Rockies 10 (7 innings)
The Cubs made Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa work right from the start. Dave Sappelt’s first career home run to open the contest staked them to a 1-0 lead, which they expanded on by taking advantage of a couple two out mistakes by the Rockies. After drawing a two out walk, Alfonso Soriano moved up to second on a wild pitch and then scampered home when Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge airmailed first base on a Starlin Castro grounder. Castro would score from first a batter later when Wellington Castro crushed a double to left field.
Unfortunately, the first inning was the peak for the Cubs on a cold rainy night in Denver – aside from their three runs scored, it was also the only inning in which they kept the Rockies off the board. They managed to push two more runs across the plate (a solo home run by Castro in the third and an RBI single from Darwin Barney to score Joe Mather in the fourth), but five runs would prove to be insufficient in the series opener.
Starting pitcher Chris Rusin gave up a solo home run to Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario in the second, but the wheels really started coming off for the Cubs in the third when two former Cubs – D.J. LaMahieu (whose name I still have trouble remembering how to spell) and Tyler Colvin – each tripled as part of a two-run inning. Overall on the night, the former Cubs were 5 for 7 with a combined 5 RBI against their former team.
Play was halted after 6 ½-innings and mercifully never resumed – by that time, a trio of Cubs pitchers (Rusin, Rafael Dolis, and Manny Corpas) had allowed 10 runs on 15 hits. Meanwhile, the Cubs bats had gone quiet. After seven hits in the first four innings, the Cubs were hitless in the fifth, sixth, and seventh.
The magic number to avoid 100 losses remains at 4 with eight games to go.