For the third time in four starts with the Cubs, Yu Darvish did not give his team a competitive start. It happens, and, individually, you can offer valid excuses for each of the three. But that doesn’t make it any less disappointing and modestly unnerving.
Darvish actually had excellent command for the first four innings, even as he wasn’t getting much movement on his pitches. That left him in the 5th, though, when he walked a couple guys at the bottom of the order – including the pitcher with two outs – and it burned him for five runs, and ended his day. Much like the balk in his start against the Braves, it was like a switch flipped and he just fell apart.
The Rockies took advantage, which the Cubs were not able to do all night. Willson Contreras hit a double off the top of the wall in center field to score two runs in the first inning for the Cubs … and that was it. The Cubs had chances against Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, but couldn’t come through – they were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. And when that Rockies bullpen is lined up to finish things out, they are nails.
Miscellaneous note: in his garbage-time clean-up inning in the 8th, Luke Farrell looked downright nasty. He was getting some embarrassing swings on his breaking pitch. Some of that, I’m sure, was these guys not having seen him before, but still. I was not expecting that.