David Bote is a native of Longmont. He grew up a Rockies fan.
The Rockies have a hard time believing that after Wednesday night.
The Cubs beat the Rockies 9-8 at Wrigley Field, and the damage was done by Bote, who made his big-league debut at third base for the Cubs against the Rockies at Coors Field April 21, 2018.
Bote went 1-for-3 with a double in that game, and the Rockies won 5-2 at Coors Field.
Wednesday night, not only did the Cubs win, but was Bote drove in seven Cubs runs.
He hit a three-run home run off German Marquez in the fifth to put the Cubs up 3-0. After the Rockies tied the game in the top of the sixth, Bote answered again, delivering a three-run, two-out double off Marquez in the bottom of the sixth. And he provided the eventual decisive RBI with an eighth-inning single.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOrEhCzwsOUA graduate of Faith Christian Academy, and an 18th-round draft choice of the Cubs out of Neosho County (Kansas) Community College in 2010, Bote said it was no special feeling to have had the biggest night of his career against the Rockies.
“I grew up watching and cheering for them,” Bote said. “It’s a baseball game. There’s no extra edge or animosity. As long as we got the win, that was the big one there.”
His seven RBI equaled the 10th best effort in Cubs history, and the second most RBI for a Cubs player against the Rockies. Sammy Sosa set the Cubs record -- against the Rockies and overall -- with nine RBI in an Aug. 10, 2002 game.
At the Plate
David Dahl did his best to keep the Rockies in the game, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI. That extended his hitting streak to seven games, in which he has hit .552. He also has scored a run in 12 of the last 13 games.
Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI-single in the sixth. He went 1-for-3 and also had a sacrifice fly. Arenado is hitting .458 in his streak.
On the Mound
German Marquez has been the ace of the Rockies rotation this year. He, however, was trumped by the Cubs on Wednesday night. in fiveinnings, he gave up eight runs, equaling a career high that was first attained on April 25, 2017 against the Nationals at Coors Field. It was the ninth time in 79 career starts that Marquez has allowed six or more runs, the seventh time he allowed six or more earned runs. He is 0-8 in those nine games, but the Rockies did pull out an 11-10 victory at Arizona when he allowed six runs -- five earned -- on July 20 last season.
-- The Rockies lost for the second time this season when they scored at least eight runs. They also lost 10-9 to the D-Backs at Coors Field on May 3.
--The Rockies had the shot at pulling this game out in the ninth. Reliever Steve Cishek began the ninth by giving up a double to Trevor Story, and RBI-single to David Dahl. Cishek, however, retired the next three batters, straining Dahl, representing the tying run, on third. But then Cishek has had success in his career against the Rockies. He has converted 10 of 12 save opportunities, allowing a .203 batting average and compiling a 3.32 ERA.