Bettis and bullpen dominates, holds Cubs to 1

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Chad Bettis pitched a fantastic game Friday afternoon as the Rockies beat the Cubs by a final score of 6-1. Defensive miscues by the Cubs, plus a solid pitching performance from the bullpen and starter gave the Rockies a fantastic team win and put the Cubs hot start to a halt.

The Cubs had their worst defensive game of the season earning themselves 4 errors. Those errors gave the Rockies the opportunities needed, and while there wasn’t any huge hit or clutch moment that gave the Rockies the runs they needed, they were able to nickel and dime the Cubs to a win.

The scoring started in the 2nd inning, when Nolan Arenado reached on an error by the pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Two singles, one by Ryan Raburn and an RBI single by Paulsen put the Rockies up 1-0.

The pitcher then took control of the game for the next four innings until in the top of the 6th the Rockies got back on the board. Three consecutive singles, starting with Carlos Gonzalez, put the Rockies up 2-0. They would score another run after Raburn grounded into a double play allowing a run to score.

That would be all they needed to win the game. The Cubs were able to score a run in the 7th, but they gained no real momentum from the run and their offense was quiet all day long. The Rockies would score 3 more runs in the 7th and 8th innings, but the story of the day was largely the pitching.

Chad Bettis went 6 scoreless innings while allowing only 3 hits. It was a dominant performance from Bettis, and while he admits himself he would’ve liked to be more efficient, he allowed three walks, there is no doubt that he and the Rockies can build off this performance.

Chad Qualls, B0one Logan, and Justin Miller came in to finish the game out and between the three, they allowed only a walk and a hit. This was easily the best game of the year for the Rockies on the mound and it didn’t come against a bad lineup. The Cubs have been hot all year so far and started the season 8-1, but the Rockies halted that and with this win, they have a good chance to win the series. They will face Jake Arrieta today and will hopefully have more success than last time they faced him at Wrigley field, a game where he went seven innings and shut the Rockies down.

Other notes:

Carlos Gonzalez extended his career high hitting streak to 20 games, going back to last season.

The Rockies hit all singles on Friday, two days after they had 12 extra base hits in a game against the Giants.

With Charlie Blackmon on the DL and Nick Hundley undergoing concussion protocol, the Rockies get an early chance to flex their depth. They called up Dustin Garneau to fill Blackmon’s spot and will continue to wait on Hundley.

 

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