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Rockies 3, Cubs 1: Peter Lambert shines in debut

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The 22-year-old played the role of stopper as the Rockies got the win.

The Colorado Rockies avoided the sweep and got an important win on Thursday afternoon, beating the Chicago Cubs by a final score of 3-1. They were carried to that victory by an outstanding Major League debut from their starting pitcher.

Peter Lambert is the truth, at least for today

Man, did the Rockies need that. Coming off a couple tough losses against the Cubs, especially the game on Tuesday, this team was in need of a boost.

Lambert provided that boost with an outstanding big league debut. He pitched seven innings and struck out nine batters, including the last four that he faced. He located his fastball. His breaking balls were nasty and his change-ups were biting. It was all there, along with the composure that people have long praised Lambert for.

It won’t always be this great, but it was sure fun to see a top prospect make this kind of impact in his debut.

Oh, and he got a hit.

David Dahl stays hot

He continued his tear with another hit and RBI. And we have to be fair to another Rockies outfielder who is hitting well, as Ian Desmond threw out a couple doubles and also drove in a run. Whatever your opinions on who should be getting what playing time in the outfield, it’s sure nice to have the depth if all four guys can produce when Charlie Blackmon returns.

Bullpen holds

I assume I speak for many fans when I say I was sure relieved that the bullpen held up Lambert’s outstanding effort. Jairo Díaz made it exciting but ultimately stranded a couple runners in the eighth inning. Scott Oberg worked a clean ninth inning for the save.

Looking ahead

The Rockies head to New York for a weekend series against the Mets. Antonio Senzatela is scheduled to start Friday’s game opposite Jacob deGrom.