The Cubs held on Wednesday night for their third consecutive victory in a 9-8 slugfest. That was not the case when they went for the sweep over Colorado on Thursday. José Quintana was sharp, but Rockies rookie Peter Lambert was even better — in his first career start — to earn the win.
Neither team did much of anything the first three innings. The Cubs loaded the bases with two down in the 2nd, but Quintana was due up and he promptly struck out to end the threat.
The Rockies took the lead for good in the 4th inning. Trevor Story doubled to open the inning and scored on a David Dahl single. Dahl would come home from first base on an Ian Desmond double to center.
The Cubs tallied their only run in the 6th inning when Kris Bryant doubled and later scored on a Javy Báez single. Otherwise, Lambert cruised through seven innings with nine strikeouts. The San Dimas High product had an excellent first big-league adventure. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
As has been the trend in recent Cubs losses, a lack of offense did them in. Quintana made a quality start, but the Rockies’ rookie pitcher simply dominated the Cubs.
The Cubs only real scoring chance late in the game was in the 8th inning. They couldn’t come through there and the offense was pretty anemic other than that.
Stats That Matter
- On a different day Q might have gotten a win: 7.1 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 4 K, 0 BB. He got lots of weak contact and soft fly balls. The final run he allowed was caused by Bryant losing the ball in the sun, so a very nice effort all around.
- Carl Edwards Jr. retired Story and Nolan Arenado Thursday. He has allowed just one unearned run his last seven innings with only one walk.
The Cubs fell back into a first-place tie with the Brewers. The Rockies were red-hot coming into this series, so winning two out of three is still quite good. The Cubs just need to forget this one, get back on the horse and beat the Cardinals this weekend.
The Cubs start a three-game series with St. Louis on Friday at 1:20 CT. Miles Mikolas squares off against Cole Hamels in a game on MLB Network (out-of-market only) and NBC Sports Chicago. The game came be heard on 670 the Score, as always.