On Friday, the Rockies played a game in which the opposing broadcasters were able to say, in the seventh inning, “a run scores, but more importantly the Cubs got the second out.” The Rockies lost to the Cubs 16-5 in a game that had very few positives (Nolan Arenado had three hits, including a home run and nobody got injured). The Cubs outplayed the Rockies in every aspect of the game, from pitching to defense to hitting. The Rockies record falls to 11-10 in the still young season.
Jon Gray wasn’t fooling anybody Friday. In 5+ innings, he allowed seven runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out just one batter. The bullpen wasn’t much better.
Still, the game was close early. Gray gave up a two-run home run in the first, but Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado drove in three runs in the bottom of the first to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Cubs tied it in the third and then blew the game up in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring nine runs. Gray took part of the beating, but Bryan Shaw gave up what really felt like the death blow, a two run home run to Kyle Schwarber that made it 12-3 (two errors and a wild pitch made the blow up feel even worse). Shaw gave up five runs in 2⁄3 of an inning.
Game two of the three game set against the Cubs is scheduled to start at 6:10 MT. It’ll be Yu Darvish against Tyler Anderson.