Carlos Villanueva struggled greatly Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies. Villanueva gave up seven earned runs over five innings pitched, while allowing 12 hits as well. Villanueva who had been a bright spot for the Cubs coming into the game as he had kept them in most ball games prior to this one. The starting rotation as whole has been a bright spot for the Cubs all year as they rank fifth in earned run average.
The Cubs bats were rather quiet for a majority of the game, but managed to get hot late. However the Cubs still fell up short as they lost 9-4. Carlos Gonzalez was huge for the Rockies as he went 5 for 5, belting two home runs and driving in three. Troy Tulowitzki had a good game as well as he went 3 for 5 and drove in one. The Rockies collectively hit the ball well as they managed 17 hits in the game.
The Cubs managed to plate three of their four runs in the final two innings of the game, but at that point the Rockies had already blown the game wide open. Darwin Barney had a good game for the Cubs as he went 3 for 4 and drove in two to go along with it, David DeJesus also had two hits to his credit.
The Rockies got an outstanding start from lefty Jeff Francis as he went six strong, while allowing one run on three hits and striking out 7.
The Cubs bullpen struggled again as Shawn Camp allowed two runs over his one inning of work. If the Cubs are going to try to turn things around they will need that bullpen to be solid just like the starters have been.
The series is now even at one game a side with the Cubs taking the opener. The rubber match will be played tomorrow night with first pitch being scheduled for 7:05 CT. The Cubs will have Jeff Samardzija, who will look for his second win of the year, and opposing him will Jon Garland.