The Colorado Rockies jumped out to a 3-0 lead today in Chicago only to see the Chicago Cubs score 5 unanswered and steal the game late. Matt Belisle had a rare slip up and two errors ultimately cost the Rockies and snapped their 5 game winning streak with the 5-3 loss.
Baseball is a game of percentages. I am not so good at math, but let’s look at it this way: the Rockies bullpen pitches more than half of the game, every single game. Even if they get the job done more than they do not, they are going to get dinged from time to time because they have that many more chances to fail (or succeed). Such was the case as Belisle surrendered the tying home run to Cubs youngster Brett Jackson in the 8th inning of today’s game. DJ LeMahieu and Matt Reynolds also committed key errors as the Cubs took the first game of the series.
Jeff Samardzija and Drew Pomeranz both logged solid starting performances. Samardzija, pitching under normal circumstances in a normal rotation, went 7 innings and struck out 7. Pomeranz, pitching under unique and limiting circumstances, still went a solid five innings on a 75 pitch count.
Today’s loss was certainly disappointing and you hate to see the team give it away late, but the positive trends continued for the Rockies. They continue to play competitive baseball on the road and the starting pitching continues to improve. That enthusiasm is greater when the pitcher involved is Pomeranz, for whom the team has great aspirations moving forward.
The Rockies have more day games over the weekend as they get the full Wrigley Field experience. The other key piece of last year’s big trade, Alex White, takes the mound tomorrow.