Enhanced Box Score: Rockies 13, Cubs 10 - August 25, 2021

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Why was the Cubs game postponed today?

Published August 24, 2021. Updated on August 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm. The Chicago Cubs' Tuesday game against the Colorado Rockies has been postponed due to rain, the team says. According to team officials, the game will be rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon as part of a split doubleheader at the Friendly Confines. NBC ChicagoCubs' Game vs. Rockies Postponed Due to Rain

Well THAT was a wild one. A scheduled 7-inning affair went 10 innings, with the Rockies finally pouring it on in the 10th against Jake Jewell, who had been called up as the 27th man, to end it.

Even against the Rockies outside of Coors Field, the Cubs couldn’t pull off the sweep. Shrug.

The Cubs got out to a big early lead – capped off by some fun on the bases – but it evaporated behind a Connor Joe grand slam and the Cubs’ bullpen struggling. But with one out and two on in the bottom of the 7th (aka the 9th), Ian Happ sent one into the basket in left center to tie it up and send the game to extras.

.@ihapp_1 offers up a game-tying 3-run blast! pic.twitter.com/Bss82OdZ93

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 26, 2021

In the bottom of the 8th, after scoring a run in the top of the frame, the Rockies got a groundball with two outs to end the thing … except Trevor Story threw the ball into next week. Tying run scores, and we’re on to the normal final inning of an MLB game.

Ah, but even that wasn’t enough to settle the thing! Adrian Sampson was dang good, and the Cubs bunted themselves out of an opportunity, so the 9th went scoreless. Then the 10th happened, da Jewells got knocked around, and the Cubs lost.

Oh yeah, a Justin Steele start! That was a few hours ago. While the Rockies are not anything close on the road to what they are at home, they do still have a lineup full of guys who do particularly well against lefties. So it was a tougher match-up tonight for Steele than it might have seemed. Wildness didn’t help, and although Steele was getting plenty of whiffs, he was also giving up too much hard contact (and a couple walks). Efficiency is going to be the challenge for him, because he’s just flat out a strikeout pitcher. He is at his best (right now) going for strikeouts. But that comes with the risk of counts where you didn’t get those early swings and misses, so you’re behind, you have to come back into the zone, and sometimes you get hit hard (to say nothing of the efficiency/walk issues it can present). Still love the pitches and the makeup; it’s just still a TBD on whether he’s a starter or a high-leverage/multi-inning reliever.

Nice to see Rowan Wick look like his solid self out there tonight. Felt like we hadn’t seen that yet since he came off the IL.

Full box score.

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.

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Cubs can’t capitalize on comebacks, lose to Rockies in extras

Chicago Sun-Times 25 August, 2021 - 10:44pm

The Cubs’ offense rallied three times in Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader. But the lineup’s big night went for naught in the 13-10 loss to the Rockies.

The offense carried the Cubs during their first two games against Colorado. After Rafael Ortega’s walk-off homer on Monday and Patrick Wisdom’s heroics in Game 1, it looked like the offense was going to carry them again in the nightcap.

The lineup wasn’t able to come through a final time in the Cubs’ 13-10 loss in Game 2.

“These guys have fought to the end a lot,” manager David Ross said. “Sometimes, the pitching gets the best of us, but the effort, the intent and the focus is there night in and night out. We’re gonna make some mistakes at times. But the way this group goes about it, they’re locked into every pitch and engaged.”

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Cubs’ offense went to work, opening the bottom of the second inning with four consecutive hits. Not only did they respond with a five-run inning against Rockies ace German Marquez, but they also got left-hander Justin Steele off the hook.

After Steele left the game in the fourth, it was up to the bullpen, and things did not go well. Cubs relievers allowed six unanswered runs over the next three innings, including a fourth-inning grand slam.

Each time it seemed like the Cubs were knocked down, the offense kept getting back up, including in the seventh inning.

Matt Duffy led off the inning with a single before Frank Schwindel added an infield single to bring the tying run to the plate. Ian Happ got a pitch to hit and didn’t waste it, hitting a towering three-run homer into the left-center field basket to tie the game at 8-8.

The Cubs also came back with a game-tying run in the eighth on a throwing error by Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.

But that’s where the good feelings ended as the Cubs were unable to push the winning run across despite having opportunities. The Rockies took the lead in the 10th inning as third baseman Ryan McMahon hit a two-run homer in the basket in left field for an 11-9 lead. They added two more runs in the inning on a two-run double by Brendan Rodgers.

The game wasn’t the best outing for the Cubs’ bullpen. Trevor Megill, Rex Brothers, Michael Rucker and Jake Jewell combined to allow a total of seven earned runs in the game. The one bright spot out of the bullpen was right-hander Adrian Sampson, who did not allow an earned run in two innings, enabling the Cubs to stay in the game late.

The game also was not the best outing for Steele, who made his third start of the season. He allowed five earned runs over 3⅔ innings with two walks and five strikeouts. The left-hander has made it through five innings just once since joining the rotation.

“I wish my fastball command would have been a little bit better,” Steele said. “I made some mistakes over the plate. Just wasn’t commanding both sides of the plate. That’s something I need to work on moving forward. Threw both my breaking pitches tonight. Threw my changeup, but yeah, I’d say fastball command is something I need to work on.”

“He’s still growing,” Ross said. “I’ll talk to him and we’ll reassess after the off-day. . . . I think there’s a huge upside potential in there. But tonight, I don’t think it was his best.”

The Cubs were unable to capture their first sweep since June 11-13 against the Cardinals. But they won just their fourth series since the All-Star break after taking the first two games of the series.

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Enhanced Box Score: Rockies 13, Cubs 10 - August 25, 2021

ESPN 25 August, 2021 - 09:58pm

Well THAT was a wild one. A scheduled 7-inning affair went 10 innings, with the Rockies finally pouring it on in the 10th against Jake Jewell, who had been called up as the 27th man, to end it.

Even against the Rockies outside of Coors Field, the Cubs couldn’t pull off the sweep. Shrug.

The Cubs got out to a big early lead – capped off by some fun on the bases – but it evaporated behind a Connor Joe grand slam and the Cubs’ bullpen struggling. But with one out and two on in the bottom of the 7th (aka the 9th), Ian Happ sent one into the basket in left center to tie it up and send the game to extras.

.@ihapp_1 offers up a game-tying 3-run blast! pic.twitter.com/Bss82OdZ93

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 26, 2021

In the bottom of the 8th, after scoring a run in the top of the frame, the Rockies got a groundball with two outs to end the thing … except Trevor Story threw the ball into next week. Tying run scores, and we’re on to the normal final inning of an MLB game.

Ah, but even that wasn’t enough to settle the thing! Adrian Sampson was dang good, and the Cubs bunted themselves out of an opportunity, so the 9th went scoreless. Then the 10th happened, da Jewells got knocked around, and the Cubs lost.

Oh yeah, a Justin Steele start! That was a few hours ago. While the Rockies are not anything close on the road to what they are at home, they do still have a lineup full of guys who do particularly well against lefties. So it was a tougher match-up tonight for Steele than it might have seemed. Wildness didn’t help, and although Steele was getting plenty of whiffs, he was also giving up too much hard contact (and a couple walks). Efficiency is going to be the challenge for him, because he’s just flat out a strikeout pitcher. He is at his best (right now) going for strikeouts. But that comes with the risk of counts where you didn’t get those early swings and misses, so you’re behind, you have to come back into the zone, and sometimes you get hit hard (to say nothing of the efficiency/walk issues it can present). Still love the pitches and the makeup; it’s just still a TBD on whether he’s a starter or a high-leverage/multi-inning reliever.

Nice to see Rowan Wick look like his solid self out there tonight. Felt like we hadn’t seen that yet since he came off the IL.

Full box score.

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.

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Ian Happ Just Busted Out a Javy-Báez-Like Move on the Bases, While Rafael Ortega Stole Home

bleachernation.com 25 August, 2021 - 06:21pm

The Cubs are busting up on the Rockies here in the second inning, already having plated four runs, and a fifth just came in thanks to a ridiculous base-running play by Ian Happ. Is the ghost of Javy Báez still lingering and whispering in Cubs players’ ears?

With two outs and Rafael Ortega on third, Ian Happ took off from first base on something that looked like maybe it was supposed to be some other kind of play, because he was thrown out by a mile. So Happ pumped the brakes, and started to fade back toward first … just enough to get the shortstop to commit. And in that moment, Happ seized the opportunity to okey-doke around the shortstop WHILE Ortega took off from home.

Double steal!@ihapp_1 swipes second and Rafael Ortega steals home! pic.twitter.com/G5WAgh55xg

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 25, 2021

I miss Javy. That’s not a replacement for El Mago, but El Happo was pretty fun right there.

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.

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Pre-Gamin': Rockies at Cubs (5:30 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

bleachernation.com 25 August, 2021 - 04:30pm

The Cubs have now won each of the first two games against the Rockies, with the finale on tap tonight at 5:30. Justin Steele and German Marquez will square off as they were expected to last night (I got that wrong earlier, my bad), and it’ll be another 7-inning affair. Go Cubs.

Colorado Rockies (57-68) at Chicago Cubs (55-72) – Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:05 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Rockies: German Marquez (R)

Cubs: Justin Steele (L)

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami

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Rockies Go on Coffee Run in Full Uniforms Before Cubs Game

NBC Chicago 25 August, 2021 - 01:09pm

The Cubs and Rockies had a long afternoon scheduled Wednesday, with a split doubleheader starting at 1:20 p.m. after Tuesday night's rainout.

The players will need their energy, and what better way to prepare for the day than a cup of coffee?

The Rockies sent a group of their young players, dressed in their full uniforms, on a morning coffee run to Wrigleyville's Do-Rite Donuts.

Just your typical ☕️ & 🍩 run lol pic.twitter.com/P52rkgny7U

The full-uniform coffee run is a classic sight in baseball, certainly in Wrigleyville. The Marlins sent a group of rookies to Dunkin' before a game against the Cubs earlier this season.

Mission accomplished! #Marlins rookies have the coffee and donuts. pic.twitter.com/GvXI2XzmsV

In 2019, former Cubs shortstop Javy Báez chronicled his journey to the old Wrigleyville Starbucks on his Instagram story.

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