It wasn’t all that pretty and the bullpen made it interesting, as always, but the Cubs managed to escape game one in Colorado with a 3-1 victory.
Alfonso Soriano got the Cubs going in the top of the fourth with a solo home run to deep center field. Dexter Fowler answered for the Rockies with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Cubs got back going in the seventh when Anthony Rizzo doubled to the right field corner that scored Cody Ransom all the way from first base, Rizzo was thrown out trying to advance to third on the throw home. The Cubs would then add an insurance run in the ninth when Darwin Barney doubled to the left field corner that scored Cole Gillespie all the way from first.
Jeff Samardzija didn’t get the win in this one, but he got another quality start and continues his solid season. Samardzija went seven and a third innings for the Cubs, gave up four hits, one earned run, and walked three batters. Pedro Strop was fantastic out of the bullpen, he got Samardzija and the Cubs out of a mini jam in the bottom of the eighth when Samardzija departed. Kevin Gregg came in for the bottom of the ninth, gave up a lead off hit and walked a batter, but got a huge double play ball that ended the game and earned him his 18th save of the year.
Jorge De La Rosa was the starter for the Rockies. De La Rosa went six innings, gave up five hits, and one earned run. Edgmer Escalona took the loss for the Rockies, which is his third loss of the year. Escalona and Rex Brothers were the other two Rockie pitchers to give up runs.
Junior Lake was the big story for the Cubs. Lake was just called up yesterday by the Cubs and he found himself starting in center field. Lake went 3 for 4 at the dish, he had two singles and double for the Cubs. Lake didn’t seem to have any trouble adjusting to big league pitching, but he looked a tad bit uncomfortable in center field. For example, on Fowler’s home run to center, Lake ran straight into the fence and his glove fell off. He is clearly still adjusting to the outfield as he can also play the infield. With some time, I think Lake will be fine.
This series will continue tomorrow night at Coors Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM CT. The probable starters are, Juan Nicasio (5-4) for the Rockies and Carlos Villanueva (2-5) for the Cubs.
Topics: Alfonso Soriano, Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Villanueva, Chicago Cubs, Cody Ransom, Cole Gillespie, Colorado Rockies, Darwin Barney, Dexter Fowler, Edgmer Escalona, Jeff Smardzija, Jorge De La Rosa, Juan Nicasio, Junior Lake, Kevin Gregg, Pedro Strop, Rex Brothers