Not unlike last night, the Cubs kept putting a TON of traffic on the bases tonight – capitalizing slightly more – but this time it wasn’t enough because the starting implosion was even worse than last night.
Mark Leiter Jr. actually flashed some really nice pitches tonight through two innings, striking out the side in the first and then cruising through the second. But, boy howdy, as soon as he got past that 35-ish pitch mark and the lineup turned over, the louder contact started. It was the kind of outing that immediately made you think, say, why hasn’t this guy gotten a look as a two-inning reliever yet? I kinda wish he’d been that tonight!
Alas, Leiter got blown up in the third, for some reason came back out for more abuse in the 4th, and those seven runs would’ve been enough for the Rockies to win it.
Great nights at the plate for Jonathan Villar and Patrick Wisdom, which was definitely great to see, if nothing else. Seiya Suzuki continues to hit, hit, hit.
And, naturally, the Cubs hit into two more double-plays tonight, extending their big league lead …