Sweep incomplete, rough first inning buries Rox

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The Rockies could not complete their four game sweep of the Cubs on Sunday after Antonio Senzatela allowed four first inning runs. The Rockies did rally back to tie the game, but Jordan Lyles then came in and lost the lead, eventually losing the game and earning the loss.

Four straight hits, capped off by a three-run home run in the first, sent the Rockies down early and summarized what would be a short day by the young rookie. Senzatela did settle down after the first inning, but still managed only four innings, throwing 94 pitches in that short span. It was Senzatela’s worst start of the year, but some regression is to be expected as he has been terrific most of the year.

It took until the fifth for the Rockies to rally against Arrieta, but when they did they caused an early exit and reset the game at 4-4. The inning was started with a Tony Wolters double and then Arrieta started to struggle with his command. Tapia earned a walk after fighting off a few pitches, Charlie Blackmon got hit by a pitch, and LeMahieu walked. Cargo then came up with the bases loaded and a run in, but was called out on strikes, eventually leading to his ejection.

Mark Reynolds came up and caused the exit with an RBI single. Ian Desmond then tied the game with a single of his own, a two run single. That big inning gave the Rockies a chance to restart the game, but the bullpen could not hold on as Jordan Lyles was forced to work some innings with Chris Rusin out.

Lyles had an easy first inning out, and got the first two outs of the sixth, but then ran into trouble. Lyles allowed back-to-back homers to Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber and just like that the Rockies were back down by two. The Cubs would score one more run in the game, a solo shot by Montero off of Chad Qualls.

In the ninth inning the Rockies showed they didn’t want to quit. Facing Wade Davis, Colorado started to rally late. Wolters and Arenado struck out for an easy two outs, but Blackmon singled and LeMahieu drove him in with another single. The tying run came to the plate in Alexi Amarista, but Amarista could not do anything and flew out to end the game.

Colorado now heads out to Pittsburg for another series against a Central team, but with how they are rolling, winning anything less than two of three would mean a bad series.

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