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The Rockies and Cubs played two games on Tuesday, and both teams took a game pretty similarly. The Rockies took the early game by a score of 10-4 with 15 hits and an offensive outburst of the 2015 Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta. Antonio Senzatela pitched another great game going six innings while allowing only two runs. He did walk three and allowed five hits, but he limited damage and gave the Rockies the first win of the day.
The second game would go the Cubs way behind a terrific performance from John Lackey and one bad inning from Kyle Freeland. The second inning, with bad defense, three walks, and four singles, saw the Cubs score five times and get all the runs they would need. If you give Gerardo Parra the catch that he nearly made and tighten up the defense in the inning, this game could have gone an entirely different way.
Fortunately for the Rockies in this game, the big inning would not keep Freeland from going six innings. That has been a huge thing for the young pitchers this year for the Rockies, limiting the damage to an inning. Senzatela, Freeland, and Marquez in one of this starts, have all been good at not getting down behind a big inning and still managing to go six innings, saving the bullpen.
The Rockies would only score one run in the second game, striking out 13 times, with 10 of those coming off of Lackey. Whatever it was in this game, they never really stood a chance.
The bullpen did not get overused for either team, which is something to always keep an eye on for double headers, but both of these teams will have a pretty fair playing field on Wednesday for the rubber match, pending the game being played.
Kyle Hendricks faces off against German Marquez in the rubber match on what will likely be a rainy day in Denver. Marquez has not been great this year, but he has only had three starts and definitely has the potential to be an excellent starter given some time. Hendricks has already proven himself capable, coming in third in the Cy Young race last year.