The Colorado Rockies won't need to see the Chicago Cubs any more this season (unless by some miracle the Cubs dig out of their deep hole in the NL Central) and that may be a good thing based on what we saw Monday afternoon in Wrigley Field. The Cubs roughed up Jhoulys Chacin in a 7-3 victory.
Chacin (8-5, 3.10 ERA) was off his game, failing to locate his fastball throughout the game. He allowed three of the four home runs Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena combined to hit, a solo shot and a two-runner each. Chacin allowed one run to score on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Clayton Mortensen allowed the second Ramirez home run.
Matt Garza (4-6, 4.07 ERA) gave up two home runs to Carlos Gonzalez (12) and a Todd Helton RBI single. Carlos Marmol pitched the ninth inning and got into early trouble with a Troy Tulowitzki single and a Seth Smith walk. But with no outs, Marmol struck out Ty Wigginton and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi and induced a Chris Iannetta fly out to end the game.
The Rockies (38-40, 19-21 away) head back to Coors Field for a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox.