- Doug Padilla, Chicago White Sox beat reporter
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HOW IT HAPPENED: Loss No. 97 was decided early as the Rockies scored seven times over the first three innings. For the third consecutive day it was former Cubs doing some damage. DJ LeMahieu, traded in the offseason in the deal that gave the Cubs Ian Stewart, hit a two-run home run in the second inning. Tyler Colvin, who was also dealt to the Rockies in the same deal, had a hit. Both players had hits in all three games.
WHAT IT MEANS: Make that 0-16 for the Cubs on the road against National League West teams. They have now been swept by all five NL West clubs after the series at Colorado. The Cubs have one last chance to win a game in an NL West park when they travel to Arizona for the second time this season. They open a three-game set, their final road series of the season, on Friday in the desert.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: Before play began Thursday, Anthony Rizzo had played in 81 games with the Cubs this season. Doubling his numbers to project a full season, Rizzo would have the equivalent of 24 doubles, 28 home runs and 90 RBIs. Rizzo raised his batting average from .283 to .290 with three hits in three official trips to the plate.
OFF BEAT: One at-bat after hitting his 15th home run of the season, Rizzo had a pitch go behind him from the Rockies’ Jhoulys Chacin. Rizzo ended up with a walk during the at-bat and then exacted a little revenge. While being forced out at home plate, Rizzo slid hard into the left leg of Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario. The trainer came out for a visit, but Rosario stayed in the game.
UP NEXT: The Cubs will send left-hander Travis Wood (6-12, 4.23 ERA) to the mound Friday at Arizona in the opener of a three-game series. The Diamondbacks will counter with right-hander Ian Kennedy (14-11, 4.14) in the 8:40 p.m. CST start from Chase Field.
The Cubs remained winless on the road against NL West clubs, dropping to 0-16.