How it happened: The Rockies scored twice in the 10th off reliever Wesley Wright, once on an RBI hit by Brandon Barnes and again on a wild pitch. Earlier, Luis Valbuena tied the game 4-4 with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth. Starlin Castro reached on an error by center fielder Drew Stubbs before Valbuena’s eighth home run of the year. The Rockies jumped on starter Travis Wood for three runs in the first two innings, as Justin Morneau, Charlie Culberson and Charlie Blackmon drove in runs. The Cubs scored their first run in the fifth as John Baker doubled home Ryan Sweeney. Colorado got that run back in the sixth, when Michael McKenry brought home Drew Stubbs with a double. The Cubs scored in the bottom of the inning, when Valbuena beat out an RBI infield hit. Wood lasted six innings in striking out a career-high 11 while employing a career-high 119 pitches. He gave up eight hits and two walks to go along with four runs.
What it means: At least Wood got through six innings, even if he needed a career high in pitches to do it. He’s still giving up too many hard-hit balls, as the Rockies earned every one of their runs off him. There were no cheapies. His ERA is 5.10 for the season. And though he got some swings and misses it was still a nonquality start.
With Emilio Bonifacio most likely on the move, the Cubs will lose some speed at the top of the lineup. The one-two punch of Bonifacio and Arismendy Alcantara created some excitement. Now it’s Alcantara’s chance to solidify the leadoff role going into next year. He had one hit in five at-bats.
It’s unclear if Wright’s rough 10th inning has any effect on his trade value. Wright has been effective most of this season.
Bonifacio sits: He didn’t start Wednesday’s game for the first time since returning from an oblique strain last week. He’s likely headed out of town before the non-waiver trade deadline on Thursday. Cubs manager Rick Renteria called it “prudent” not to start him until things “shake out.”
What’s next:The final contest of the four-game affair takes place on Thursday afternoon, when Jake Arrieta (5-2, 2.18) pitches for the Cubs at 1:20 p.m. CT. The Rockies have not named a starter for the game. The Cubs are up 2-1 in the series.