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CHICAGO – The Cubs’ 4-3 defeat to the Rockies on Saturday evened the series at a game each.
What it means: Raley continues to give the Cubs solid innings, making himself a viable candidate for the 2013 rotation. His only blemish over five innings Saturday was a two-run home run from pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge. After a rough major league debut earlier this month at San Diego, Raley has settled down by not giving up more than three runs in any of his last three starts.
Outside the box: Alex Hinshaw made his Cubs debut in the seventh inning. The left-handed reliever was asked to face just one batter, getting Carlos Gonzalez to ground into a fielder’s choice. The only problem was that the grounder ended up pushing across the game-winning run. Hinshaw was claimed off waivers last week from the San Diego Padres.
Off beat: Jackson gets the credit for his fourth-inning home run, of course, but give the basket an assist. Jackson’s high fly ball didn’t reach the seats, it landed in the metal basket that juts out from the wall. Had it been the old days, that ball would have probably ended up a double. But had it been the old days, way back before replay, perhaps a fan grabs it and drags it into the seats and the umpires rule it a home run anyway.
Up next: The Cubs will send right-hander Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.88 ERA) to the mound against Colorado in the finale of the four-game series. The Rockies will counter with right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (1-3, 6.16) in the 1:20 p.m. start from Wrigley Field.