By Jack Etkin
A week ago, Cubs manager Joe Maddon sat in the visiting dugout at Coors Field and succinctly explained why Kris Bryant, mildy dinged up, was in the lineup to start a series with the Rockies.
“Everybody wants to hit on the moon,” Maddon said.
The lunar effect, Maddon’s description of baseball at mile-high altitude in a ballpark with a vast outfield, was evident as never before once the Cubs left Denver and the Padres came to Coors Field for a four-game series.
It ended shockingly Sunday. The Padres, down 13-8 after six innings, scored four runs in the ninth to win 14-13 and gain a series split. Both Rockies defeats were by one run and occurred after prolonged bullpen meltdowns.
“We’ve been through this like two days ago,” Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said, “and then we came back and scored and won (Saturday). It’s nothing new. We’ve gone through it. It’s disappointing going through it, but we got through it and we know how to recover from it.
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