Beeler falters early; Rockies double their way to win
Just a night after Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant recorded his first two-run walk-off homer to lead his club to a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies, starting pitcher Dallas Beeler was unable to escape the second inning in the 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field Tuesday evening.
Former Cub DJ LeMahieu put his team on the board with an RBI double to right fielder Jorge Soler, scoring Charlie Blackmon and putting himself in scoring position for last night’s slugger, Carlos Gonzalez.
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Gonzalez went deep twice last night – one in the third inning and added his second two-run blast of the evening later on in the ninth to give the Rockies the 8-7 lead. He would draw a walk in his first at-bat against Beeler and would come around to score on a two-run double off the bat of Nolan Arenado just moments later.
With the Rockies (43-55) already leading 3-0 in the first, Nick Hundley extended his team’s lead to four runs by grounding out to Bryant at third. This allowed Arenado to cross home plate safely with two outs in the inning.
Beeler (0-1, 9.72 ERA) worked yet another early outing on the mound for the Cubs (52-47), exiting after just 1 1/3 frames. Colorado tagged him for four earned runs on as many hits while issuing three walks and striking out only one batter prior to handing things over to Travis Wood who ate up 3 2/3.
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Yohan Flande (1-1, 3.68 ERA) recorded his first win as a starter in 2015. Flande held the Cubs to one earned run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts across five innings.
Soler cut his lead to three with an RBI single to Gonzalez out in right field that pushed catcher Kyle Schwarber in from second base. They were unable to keep things going as Bryant was left stranded on third.
Veteran reliever Rafael Soriano was charged with two earned runs on three hits while bumping his earned run average up to 7.71.