The two worst MLB teams outside of Houston met up at Coors Field. If that sounds like a recipe for a an ugly, sloppy game with a crooked score, why...you'd be right! In this one, the Rockies gave up second place in the race to win the #2 draft slot in 2013 by winning an extra base hit party.
DJ LeMahieu fell a home run shy of the cycle, picking up the other three legs in reverse order his first three at-bats. He never got a fourth at-bat. Wilin Rosario had an off-game, following his franchise record streak of four three-hit games with just two in this one. He singled, set the Rockies' franchise rookie record for home runs with a shot to center, flew out to the wall and lined out to the warning track. He's cooling off.
Matt McBride assaulted a ball for a no doubt three run homer, and Tyler Colvin joined LeMahieu in abusing the club that traded them away, as Colvin yanked a two-run triple to the right-field corner and singled.
Jorge de la Rosa struggled in the first, giving up a leadoff home run to diminutive Dave Sappelt. After a two out ground ball to short resulted in Josh Rutledge airmailing the throw into the crowd, the Cubs piled two unearned runs on the Rockies' lefty. Starlin Castro would add a solo home run, as the ball really carried on a night that brought steady rain throughout.
After nearly three hours of playing through the rain, the game was delayed and ultimately called. Colorado needs to win at least three of their final eight games to avoid hitting 100 losses.
Sky Sox vs. Iowa Cubs?
Of the eight in the Rockies lineup, three were on the Sky Sox roster Opening Day (DJ LeMahieu, Andrew Brown and Matt McBride) while Josh Rutledge was in AA Tulsa. The other four - Wilin Rosario, Chris Nelson, Jordan Pacheco and Tyler Colvin - all had more than 200 plate appearances in the minors last year.
Of the eight in the Cubs lineup, four - Sappelt, Anthony Rizzo, Wellington Castillo and Josh Vitters - were in the Iowa Cubs Opening Day lineup. Another, Joe Mather, played in 55 games for the Sky Sox last season.