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Colorado Rockies lose 6-5 to the Cubs after Hawkins blows save

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The Rockies entered the ninth inning leading 5-3, but Hawkins was lit for three runs, allowing the Cubs to steal the series.

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Jordan Lyles had a nice outing today, giving up just one earned run through six innings. The Cubs added two runs in the fifth, but both were unearned due to errors by Descalso and McKenry, both of whom were getting their first starts. Descalso's error was his second, which makes you really miss having Tulo out there. LeMahieu also got in on the error parade, but he helped turn two double plays and was a force at the plate.

Colorado struck for four early on thanks to a DJ LeMahieu triple that cleared the bases with two outs. Blackmon knocked him in with a single to put the Rockies up 4-1 early. After the error-plagued fifth that saw the Cubs cut the deficit to just one, a CarGo double drove in Blackmon, who had walked to start the inning.

Adam Ottavino and Boone Logan would combine for 2.1 innings, allowing no hits and striking out three. Hawkins came in to close out the game, but gave up three runs in the ninth to blow the save. Two of those came on an awful 0-2 pitch to Dexter Fowler who drove it deep for a two-run shot.

Tulowitzki came in to hit for Hawkins, but was sent down swinging before LeMahieu grounded out. Blackmon got on with a double before swiping third with CarGo at the plate, but Gonzalez popped up to end the game.

As Eric wrote about today, Walt Weiss is doing well in using guys like Ottavino and Logan in high-leverage situations, but LaTroy Hawkins hasn't looked good this year thus far. Quite frankly, he's looked really poor the past two games.

Blackmon had a better game at the plate, going 3 for 4 and drawing a walk, although he was picked off early on a nice move by Hendricks. Arenado saw his hit streak come to an end, but he was flashing the leather all day and made some really nice plays. Dickerson and LeMahieu continued their positive starts at the plate, with the former going 2 for 4 with a single and a double. DJ picked up three RBIs with a triple, going 1 for 4.

Eddie Butler gets the next start tomorrow in San Francisco for the Giants' home opener.

Also, congratulations to Jordan Spieth who won the Masters today with an 18-under 270, tying Tiger Woods' 1997 record.


Source: FanGraphs

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