After reaching a 3-2 count, on the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Troy Tulowitzki laced a triple down the left-field line and with that, he had completed the cycle. It was the fourth cycle in Rockies franchise history.
Brad Hawpe drove in Tulo with a double to make it a 9-1 game.
No further scoring happened until the bottom of the eighth inning. After Omar Quintanilla, who was pinch-hitting for reliever Rafael Betancourt, walked, Spilborghs and Helton each singled to load the bases. Tulo came up yet again and he delivered yet again with a two-run single scoring Quintanilla and Spilborghs to make it 11-1.
The Cubs staged a mini-rally in the bottom of the ninth as Huston Street was not on his game. In order of plate appearances, he allowed a single, a walk, a RBI double, a RBI single, a sac fly, and a double.
Joe Beimel came in to replace Street and he a RBI single to Jeff Baker but he retired the side in order to end the game with a final score being 11-5.
At the time of this game, the Rockies had a three game lead over the Cubs for the NL Wild Card. The game helped the Rockies tremendously as it helped drive the team to a 30-20 record in the fifty games following this game. The Rockies only advanced their lead by one more game to four so this stretch was obviously needed.
The Rockies will be looking to make it back to the postseason for the first time since 2009 this season.
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