A chunked piece of turf was the closest factor that got here to derailing rookie Peter Lambert and the Rockies on Tuesday night time of their 10-Three domination of the Chicago Cubs at Coors Area.
In his second major-league begin in opposition to the identical group he made his dazzling debut in opposition to at Wrigley Area final week, Lambert turned in 5 innings of one-run ball. His lone scare got here when the right-hander made a sliding seize on a brief popup in foul floor to steer off the fourth inning, his left cleat digging into the grass and inflicting him to hobble round for a second.
“I slid and jammed my knee somewhat bit,” Lambert mentioned. “It was somewhat sore after that, however nothing loopy. I used to be capable of pitch some extra and settle proper again in … I used to be simply on the market making an attempt to make a baseball play.”
In addition to that slight scare that had the house crowd holding its breath? It was easy-breezy for Lambert in his LoDo debut, whereas the Rockies’ offense was led by huge nights from Daniel Murphy and Charlie Blackmon as Colorado prolonged its house successful streak to 10 video games.
Murphy (hitting .400 in June) obtained Colorado going with a two-run double off Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana within the first, bringing round Blackmon and Nolan Arenado for a 2-Zero Colorado benefit.
“Daniel’s beginning to be ok with his swing — tonight with a success to the precise area nook and a success down the left area line, and a success to right-center,” supervisor Bud Black mentioned. “He’s an expert hitter who offers us an important at-bat every at-bat, every night time.”
Jason Heyward then dinged Lambert within the second inning with a solo homer on an elevated fastball, a pitch that carried off the bat and out for an inexpensive homer 383 toes to left. However Lambert — simply as when he was nicked for a run in Chicago — didn’t get rattled as he held the Cubs at bay by means of the following three-plus innings.
“(Homers) are going to occur. It was the second time they’ve seen me in lower than every week and so they had some sense of how I used to be going to assault them,” Lambert mentioned. “I moved on to the following batter instantly and targeted on protecting the ball down.”
In the meantime, Colorado busted out the lumber en path to ending the night time 6-for-14 with runners in scoring place and with RBIs by six gamers.
A pair of RBI singles by Trevor Story and Arenado within the fifth inning pushed the rating to 4-1. Then the Rockies broke out with a five-run sixth highlighted by Blackmon’s three-run supershot to lifeless heart area to make it 9-1, and David Dahl’s sacrifice fly RBI added on within the eighth.
“We’re beginning to do some issues that we expect we are able to do (general), and that’s a credit score to our offense choosing it up during the last six-to-eight weeks,” Black mentioned. “You noticed that once more in a giant means tonight.”
Chad Bettis, Jairo Diaz and Bryan Shaw every pitched a scoreless inning in reduction, whereas the Cubs plated a pair runs off Phillip Diehl within the ninth by way of RBI singles from Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr.
“In that sort of recreation, when the lead was what it was, (Bettis, Diaz and Shaw) gave us precisely what we wanted,” Black mentioned. “We wish strikes, high quality strikes, fast outs — that’s precisely what occurred.”
It marked the major-league debut for Diehl, who was known as up Monday from Triple-A Albuquerque and had impressed within the minors following his commerce from the Yankees for outfielder Mike Tauchman on March 23.
“I needed to inform myself to take a deep breath, stroll round, calm down and take a look at to not overdo issues,” Diehl mentioned. “Even with (the runs) it was an superior expertise.”