After picking up four straight victories, the Cubbies got a harsh reality check Tuesday afternoon against Colorado, dropping a blowout by a score of 13-0. Young third-baseman Nolan Arenado led his boys in purple to an easy win, slashing three hits in three at-bats including a two-run bomb while scoring two runs to raise his spring average to a healthy .455.
Travis Wood got the ball for Chicago at Cubs Park, letting down yet another record crowd (14,840) with a rough third inning. After two innings of one-run, three-hit ball, Wood came out and laid an egg in the third, surrendering four runs on six hits for a wake up call after his last scoreless outing. After a nice two-inning, scoreless performance from right-hander Carlos Pimentel things blew up in the sixth, with Hector Rondon coming in and coughing up 6 runs in just over an inning to effectively end this one.
The powerhouse Rockies offense still had one more big swing left in them, with Ryan Wheeler launching a two-run big fly to right off of Chang-Yong Lim, capping off the scoring of the day at 13 runs, all Rockies all day.
A big chunk of the Rockies 13-run onslaught of the Cubs was thanks to the long ball, including a two-run homer from Kyle Parker off Wood in the third, Nolan Arenado hitting one of his own with a man on against Rondon, and again off Rondon came a three-run dinger from Kent Matthes. Effectively ending the scoring was Ryan Wheeler coming though with a homer of his own in the eight off of Lim, finishing off the impressive barrage of runs.
After a tough one to sit through Tuesday, the Cubs (6-7) will come back looking for redemption against the Seattle Mariners (11-4), in a rare night game kicking off at 9:05 CT. James McDonald (0-0, 18.00 ERA) will take the mound for the Cubs to face off against veteran lefty Randy Wolf (0-0, 7.20 ERA), both searching for that first overall solid day on the rubber.