After Colorado intentionally walked Damian Jackson to load the
bases and face Patterson in the 13th inning, the Cubs outfielder
drove a two-out single to send Chicago to a 5-4 win Sunday.
"Maybe you know it was disrespect in a way, but my previous
at-bats probably if I was on the other side, I would have done the
same thing," Patterson said. "I really wasn't swinging the bat
really well in the previous three at-bats. Before I was trying to
do too much, thinking too much. So I said, 'Forget everything and
go up there and pick out a good pitch and drive it.' "
Derrek Lee singled in the 13th off Jeff Fassero (0-2), moved up
on Michael Barrett's sacrifice and after Ramon Martinez was walked
intentionally, the Cubs let reliever Glendon Rusch bat because top
pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth had a sore wrist.
Rusch dropped down another sacrifice to put runners at second
and third before Fassero intentionally walked Jackson to load the
bases before Patterson drove the ball to deep right center.
"Once they sacrificed, you've got a play at every base and you
got a lefty on lefty situation," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle
said. Plus, Patterson had already struck out three times and
Jackson had homered in the first.
The strategy worked the first time in the sixth, right after the
first of three rain delays. Patterson struck out against lefty
Javier Lopez after Jackson had been walked in front of him, loading
Jackson, called up from the minors two days ago, spent most of
spring training with the Rockies before they released him.
"It's wild," Jackson said. "I don't know if they thought
there was some karma that might hop up and bite them with me being
with them in spring training."
Rusch (1-0) got the win with two scoreless innings.
Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the 10th off
Rockies closer Shawn Chacon to tie it at 4. The Rockies had taken a
4-3 lead in the top of the 10th when Todd Helton homered on Joe
Borowski's first pitch.
"The way we played so hard and came back and got a lead in the
10th, it's huge for us to get the win and put it away.
Unfortunately, today I got beat," Chacon said. "I got (Sammy)
Sosa and (Moises) Alou and then my mindset was,'OK let's really go
after this guy.' It didn't work out."
Pinch-hitter Tom Goodwin's RBI double off Lopez tied it in the
sixth just before the first delay.
The Cubs threatened in the bottom of the eight after Lee was hit
by a Tim Harikkala pitch and moved up on a sacrifice. But when he
raced to third on an apparent steal attempt, he was easily doubled
up when Martinez flied to right and he couldn't get back.
Matt Holliday hit an RBI double and later scored on a
double-play grounder to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead against Sergio
Mitre in the fourth. Mitre gave up 10 hits and three runs in five
innings, but was rescued from further damage by three double plays.
Rockies starter Joe Kennedy, bidding to start 5-0, gave up two
first-inning runs and allowed three hits in five innings. He struck
out Alou with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Jackson homered leading off the first in his first start with
the Cubs since being brought up from the minors two days ago. Two
walks and a sacrifice by Ramirez gave Chicago a 2-1 lead.
The game was delayed by rain showers and thunderstorms for
14 minutes in the sixth, 11 minutes in the ninth and 19 minutes
before the bottom of the 10th. ... Harikkala pitched two hitless
innings and hasn't allowed a hit or a run this season in 10
innings. ... The Cubs turned their biggest of four double plays in
the 10th right after Helton's homer. Vinny Castilla doubled, moved
to third on a fly ball and then tried to scored as Ramirez was
throwing out Holliday on a grounder to third. First baseman Lee
then threw home to get Castilla and keep the Rockies lead at a
single run. ... Jackson matched his homer total of each of the last
two seasons. He hit one in 109 games (161 at-bats) with Boston last
year and one in 81 games (245 at-bats) with the Tigers in 2002. ...
Chacon has two blown saves in 10 chances.