The Morning After – Rockies 17 Cubs 2
Well that was fun. Let’s hope the Rox have some more runs left for the rest of this series. The Cubs are at a disadvantage for Saturday’s game, since the Rox ran through 5 Cub relievers and 3 of them threw more than 20 pitches. Lou Piniella loves to play matchups, and a tired bullpen may limit his ability to do that.
Carlos Gonzalez – Truthfully, this could have been nearly any Rockies hitter, but CarGo continued his hot streak, going 4-6 with a double and his 20th homer of the year. Tulo also had a big night, going 3-5 with 2 doubles.
11 – The 11 straight hits in the 8th inning set a Major League record. Nice work from an offense that has been slumping of late. This is exactly the type of confidence booster that could carry the Rox on a playoff run.
Lost in the Shuffle – In all the excitement over the record breaking offensive output, the excellent night for Rockies pitchers was overlooked. Jeff Francis had a nice night, throwing 6 innings of 4 hit ball. The Rox ‘pen came in and threw 3 nearly flawless innings, only giving up one walk. Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt pitched when the game was still close and struck out 5 of the 6 Cubs they faced combined. If Francis can maintain his form, this could be like picking up a top of the rotation starter in a trade.