Jul 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Rockies catcherMichael McKenry
(8) reacts after an error allows Chicago Cubs to score during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies started their Midwest road trip with a Monday night game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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The Colorado Rockies withstood a six-run fourth inning, but couldn’t win the game despite their four run rally in the ninth inning. A two-out, two-run walk-off home run off the bat of the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant sealed the win for the home club, 9-8, at Wrigley Field on Monday.
The Rockies and Jorge De La Rosa started well; the lefty retired the first nine batters he faced through three perfect innings.
In the meantime for the Rox at the plate, the club jumped all over Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks, getting two runs in the third inning, and two more in the fourth, to take a four-run lead to the bottom of the fourth.
In that third inning, Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run opposite-field home run — one of three hits on the day for the man just named National League Co-Player of the Week. Then, a DJ LeMahieu two-RBI single in the fourth gave the Rox a 4-0 lead. The club could’ve gotten more in the fourth, but on a double steal of second and third with two outs, Charlie Blackmon was caught stealing at third base after having intially been called safe before a replay review.
The bottom of the fourth, though, flipped the game for the Cubs. After retiring nine straight hitters, De La Rosa allowed the Cubs to bat around in the bottom of the fourth while giving up six runs on three singles, and RBI groundout, and a double. He never made it out of the fourth, instead getting lifted for Christian Friedrich with six runs in and two outs in the inning.
From there, the Cubs pushed across one more run in the sixth thanks to an uncharacteristic throwing error by Nolan Arenado, but the 7-4 lead at that point held until the ninth.
In the ninth, off Cubs’ closer Jason Motte, Daniel Descalso hit a lead-off pinch-hit home run to make the game 7-5. Blackmon then followed that up with a single, and the Rockies brought the tying run to the plate — first, in LeMahieu — with nobody out. LeMahieu slugged a double to right, putting runners on second and third and bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in the form of Troy Tulowitzki.
Tulo hit a high chopper to third base, and Blackmon wisely scored on the groundout — with LeMahieu moving up to third base — bringing CarGo to the plate with a chance to at least tie the game.
CarGo hit a bomb to right field off reliever Rafael Soriano, which gave the right fielder his third two-home run game in the last four days, and gave the Rockies the 8-7 lead, storming back for four runs in the ninth inning.
In the ninth, Rockies’ reliever John Axford retired Addison Russell on a fly ball to start the inning, then allowed a seeing-eye single to Dexter Fowler before inducing a flyout from David Ross for the second out of the inning.
However, Bryant came up and demolished a slider from Axford for a two-run shot to win the ball game on a walk-off for the Cubs, and send the Rockies packing on Monday night with a disappointing 9-8 loss.
The Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs next face off on Tuesday evening at Wrigley Field before finishing their series on Wednesday afternoon.