Cubs commit 4 errors in 6-1 loss to Rockies
|Friday, April 15, 2016, 5:21 PM- -|
Wrigley Field was in a party mood with the Cubs boasting major league's best record, but it quickly went downhill as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on a windy Friday afternoon.
The Cubs winning streak was snapped at five games which is the longest win streak in April since winning six straight in 2008.
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendrix was solid through six innings giving up only three runs (two earned) on seven hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. None of the hits were drilled hard but found cracks in the Cubs sloppy defense as they amassed four critical errors.
However, not all is squandered as the Cubs have still won eight of their first ten games to start the 2016 season.
The star of the afternoon for the Rockies besides the Cubs defense was right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis as he held the Cubs potent lineup scoreless through six innings giving up only three hits while striking out four. The Cubs did not have a man in scoring position until the fifth inning against Bettis.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo got his first hit in his last twenty at-bats with two outs in the sixth inning.
The Cubs had their best opportunity offensively in the 7th inning with a leadoff single by Jorge Soler and a walk by Miguel Montero. Next, Addison Russel flew out to center field and then Soler scored on a Tommy La Stella fielder's choice. However, Dexter Fowler grounded out weakly to the second baseman to end the threat.
Neither team had an extra-base hit (14 singles total) during the entire game.
Dexter Fowler has reached safely in 14 straight games dating back to last season as he drew a walk in the third inning.
In one of the stranger plays in this early stages of the season, a hole in the Cubs dugout fence allowed the Rockies to take an additional base on Addison Russell's throwing error in the 8th inning.
The Rockies got a free base because Addison's throw went through this hole in the dugout fence. pic.twitter.com/oViw7Vnhzu— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) April 15, 2016
Miguel Montero struck out to end the game for the Cubs.
Cubs super-utility player Javier Baez was activated today from the 15-day disabled list but did not make an appearance in the contest.
"This is a game that is all about making adjustments," Baez said to the media before today's game. "These last couple years have been up and down. Hopefully this year, with everything that I learned, I get everything together and have a good year."
Today's loss is the second game of a stretch in which the Cubs play 28 games out of 29 days through May 11.
The Cubs will be back on Saturday afternoon against the Rockies with right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta (2-0, 1.93 ERA) on the mound at 2:20 EST on CSN against right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman (0-1, 12.00 ERA). The Cubs have won their last four home series against Colorado dating back to 2012.