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In what was probably the best win of the season, the Rockies stole one away on a rainy night. The game was initially delayed for two hours because of rain and the first pitch didn’t come until 8:50. The game then went to extras for a long night for both times and ended poorly for one, fortunately for the Rockies they stole one away in the 11th by a score of 7-6.
The game started with fireworks for both teams when both leadoff hitters started their innings with home runs. Dexter Fowler hit one out to left for the Cubs and David Dahl hit an opposite field homer to left as well. Dahl was a late placement at the leadoff spot when Charlie Blackmon was scratched with a toe contusion he suffered on Wednesday after colliding with the pitcher on a play at first.
The Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks then settled in while Tyler Anderson didn’t pitch as well. He did rack up eight strikeouts over his 7 innings, but he also allowed five runs. In the third, a single by Anthony Rizzo scored Hendricks after he reached on a single. Another run would score on Kris Bryant’s punch hit in the fifth. There would be one more big hit against Anderson and it came in the sixth when Addison Russell hit his 15th homer of the year to put the Cubs up 5-1.
Being behind by four runs on a late night in a ballpark filled with opposing fans normally means a tough loss, but the Rockies had different thoughts in mind. The Rockies got a run back in the seventh on a throwing error from Kris Bryant but the real rally came in the eighth.
With Travis Wood on the mound, the Rockies got starter with a single and walk. Joe Maddon then brought in Carl Edwards to try and stop the Rockies rally. DJ LeMahieu drove in the first run with a ground rule double. Carlos Gonzalez then scored a run on a ground out and Nolan Arenado drove a run in on a sac fly. The game was then tied, but there was still plenty of drama left.
In the 11th, the Cubs broke the tie. With Matt Carasiti on the hill, the Cubs got a single, a walk, and then an RBI single from Dexter Fowler. The game looked bleak then with one of the best closers in the game coming on for the Cubs.
With flamethrower Aroldis Chapman on the mound, the chances for a win were not very good. The inning starter low with a ground out from Daniel Descalso, but Nick Hundley lined a single to right. Then with Ryan Raburn on the mound, the Rockies caught a bit of a break. Raburn lined a ball to right that caromed off the wall and gave Hundley a little more time to score. Javier Baez though he had a play at the plate, but his throw went up the line and the ball went out of play. The umps ruled that Raburn would be allowed to score and the game ended on the error.
It was a great win for the Rockies, even if it did require a little luck, but a win is a win. They will now send the main chip in the Tulowitzki trade to the mound. Jeff Hoffman will make the first start of his career and the Rockies will see what they got for their top short stop. This game is certainly not going to be telling of his career, but a good start will make a lot of fans feel better.