So much for that memory of last October's 2-1, 13-inning Rockies wild-card victory against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Instead, the Rockies, looking to move up in the wild-card standings, suffered a 6-3 loss to the Cubs in the opening game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.
Javier Baez delivered the key two-run home run in the sixth off Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman, but the Rockies also got a quick reminder from Carlos Gonzalez, who doubled home a run in the second inning to put the Cubs up 2-1. Gonzalez, released by the Indians on May 26, signed on with the Cubs on Saturday and debuted in a Cubs' uniform Monday.
At the Plate
Daniel Murphy appears to have finally shaken off the lingering affects of the broken finger he suffered in the second game of the season, which forced him on the injured list. He went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday. That raised his average to .250. Big deal? Well, he was hitting .171 on May 19. What has he done since?
On the Mound
Jeff Hoffman was the victim of the long ball. With the scored tied 2-2 in the fifth, Kyle Schwarber turned on a fastball up on a 3-2 pitch into a 467-foot, two-run home run. And in the seventh, Javier Baez unloaded a 440-foot home run to center field on another elevated fastball. Hoffman felt he had Schwarber struck out on an 0-2 pitch but it was called a ball and after working the count full, Schwarber delivered.
“I’ll just say it: I thought I punched him out and it didn’t get called, and then he ends up putting a pretty good swing on a hittable pitch,” Hoffman said.
It was the seventh time in 27 big-league starts Hoffman has allowed multi-home runs.
The Rockies lost on Tuesday night, but they have had recent success at Wrigley Field. They have won six of thier last nine games at Wrigley, including last year's wild-card game.