Darvish Disaster: Homer-happy Rockies throttle Cubs
|Wednesday, May 2, 2018 5:28 PM- -|
CHICAGO — The day after hitting three home runs in a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies topped that feat with four long balls. With three of those home runs coming in the early innings, the Rockies took Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish to the woodshed, fittingly raising Darvish's ERA to 6.00 via their six-run output against him.
The Cubs fell 11-2 in their home rubber match against the Rockies, marking the eighth consecutive contest that the Cubs have failed to score more than three runs. Getting outhit 15-4, the Cubs were, without a doubt, outmatched on the offensive front in the lopsided loss.
Continuing with his frustrating debut season for the Cubs, Darvish was taken for seven hits and six runs in just four and a third innings, making his overall record stand at 0-3. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado tormented Darvish as part of his two-homer day, crushing a two-run bomb to straightaway center field in the opening inning.
The Rockies took a 3-0 lead in the following inning. After Cubs catcher Willson Contreras committed a throwing error on what should have been an easy double play, Colorado's Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI single. In the next inning, Rockies right fielder Gerardo Parra doubled toward the wall in right with one out, and, after stealing third base with ease, he came home to score on a ground ball.
Trailing 4-0, the Cubs finally got on the board via a solo homer from first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the fourth. A 375-foot jack to right, the home run marked Rizzo's third home run of the season and second in as many days. However, that small gain was turned into an even larger deficit than before when the Rockies added two more home runs in the fifth.
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta both smacked round-trippers in the fifth inning to put Colorado ahead by five runs and chase Darvish from the game. An inning later, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant drove his third home run of the year just over the wall in left, but, later on, the Rockies put the game away with five runs in the ninth.
Making his first appearance in a week, Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery pitched two decent innings before imploding in the ninth. As part of the four-hit, five-run frame for Colorado, Arenado hit his second home run of the contest and seventh overall. The All-Star Colorado infielder has hit five home runs against the Cubs alone this season. He finished Wednesday's contest 3-6 with two runs and five RBI.
After winning five in a row, the Cubs have now dropped two in row. Standing at 16-12, the Cubs will aim to regroup in their upcoming three-game series at the St. Louis Cardinals.