Colorado Rockies Dominated By Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs Win 3-2
By Bobby DeMuro
Jul 29, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) throws against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs met for a Wednesday day game on getaway day in the final tilt of the mid-week series at Wrigley Field.
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The Colorado Rockies officially began the Jose Reyes era (?), but the story of the afternoon on Wednesday was Chicago Cubs’ starter Jon Lester, who shut down the Rockies for eight innings in the Cubbies’ 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field.
The Rockies never really got going on Lester, who threw the eight innings while allowing just five hits and a walk, while striking out 14 members of the Rockies during his 117 pitch outing. For good measure, Hector Rondon struck out two more Rockies in the ninth inning to wrap up the win.
The Cubs, on the other hand, jumped on Rockies’ starter Eddie Butler early, with Dexter Fowler slugging a solo home run in the first inning to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.
The Cubs put up two more runs in the third inning, thanks to a two-run bomb off the bat of Anthony Rizzo that hit off the right field foul pole.
The 3-0 lead was all Lester needed, and he cruised, only allowing a run to the Rockies in the top of the fourth inning — thanks to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nolan Arenado — and in the seventh inning — thanks to an opposite field home run by Carlos Gonzalez.
Butler threw decently well for the Rockies, allowing three runs in five innings on five hits and three walks, but again he failed to go deep into the game and left with his seventh loss of the season. Aaron Laffey threw two scoreless innings of relief, before giving way to Tommy Kahnle, who tossed a scoreless eighth.
The Rockies now head to St. Louis, where they will play the Cardinals for four games beginning on Thursday night.