Recap: Chicago Cubs split the doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies
A tough to watch game one saw Jake Arrieta and some more errors give up 9 runs with the total contrast in game two with John Lackey pitching lights out
Game one yesterday had me drinking at about 3:30 pm on a Tuesday. The Chicago Cubs looked tired and still not ready to play the Rockies. Jake Arrieta showed up and at least didn’t give up any runs in the first inning, but quickly the tides turned. The Rockies seemed to drop singles in every part of the outfield, and the Cubs once again shot themselves in the foot with throwing errors. Arrieta was tagged for giving up five earned runs but gave up nine total, lasting only 3 2/3 innings.
Plays that stand out were what looked like a miscommunication between Kyle Schwarber and Almora Jr over who would catch a little bloop that just missed his glove. That play might have been the start of the destruction of the Cubs giving up six runs in the third. I don’t blame Schwarber it was a very awkward play for a guy who is still learning the position.
The only bright spot in this whole game was the debut of Dylan Floro. He threw 4 1/3 innings giving up only one run coming out of the pen. Floro was called up Monday as Jason Heyward was put on the disabled list for his sprained finger.
“One bright spot, Dylan came in and pitched very well,” Arrieta said. “Enabling us to only use two pitchers moving into the second game of a doubleheader was huge.”
“He got a lot of swings and misses,” Maddon said. “He was outstanding today. Second game tonight we should be in good shape regarding our pitching.”
The Chicago Cubs needed some innings eaten up. Dylan Floro came in with a little spark and great job in his debut.
I have to say while I was watching this game I was getting more and more pissed off irrationally. I know this was the only 31st game of the year with plenty of baseball to still be had but dammit it’s hard to watch them get crushed by the Rockies.
Now Game two was exactly how you should respond to an ass whooping. Thank the Cubs for having a crafty veteran in John Lackey who dialed himself in against the Rockies. The start by Lackey can not be undersold on how important it was for him to hit his spots and get outs. If there were a repeat of game one, it would have been soul crushing, and I might have drunk myself a little too far over the edge on a Tuesday. John Lackey struck out 10 in seven innings. He has had a lot of trouble in the past playing the Rockies having a 9.18 lifetime ERA at Coors Field.
“It has been [a house of horrors] most of the time for me,” Lackey said. “I’ve taken a couple beating in this place.”
After the second inning, Lackey held the Rockies to only one hit, a total of four. The Chicago Cubs reversal of fortune came off of a big second inning. With throwing errors by Trevor Story and DJ LeMahieu, the Cubs scored two of their five runs. The rest of the game the Rockies rookie Kyle Freeland retired 13 of the last 14 Cubs that he faced.
In the top of the eighth inning, we saw Javier Baez hit his fifth home run of the season, an opposite field two-run shot.
The Chicago Cubs needed this win for MY moral. Like I said I know my freaking out about them is totally short sighted but it’s hard to not feel this way with the uncertainty of their pitching, bats and how shaky the bullpen has been.
Game 3 rubber match today will see Kyle Hendricks take the mound for another early game at 2:10 pm.