Rockies 5, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hero: Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double off the right-field scoreboard to raise his average to .360. Ramirez was hitting .143 entering play on April 16, 2010.

Goat: Tyler Colvin went 0-for-3 and is now hitting just .135.

Key Play: Oh, was it painful to watch. The Rockies loaded the bases with nobody out in the second. Cubs starter Matt Garza (0-2) recorded a huge strikeout of Jose Lopez for the first out. The next batter, eighth-place hitter Chris Iannetta, crushed a deep fly to center, just out of the reach of an outstretched Marlon Byrd. Three runs scored and Iannetta scored a fourth run on the play when Starlin Castro's awful relay throw sailed into the Cubs' dugout on the third-base side.

Cubs manager called Castro's poor throw - his second miscue of the season - "an error of inexperience."

Comments: The Cubs (6-7) have been shut out twice, in each of Garza's last two starts. ... Garza allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings while striking out five and walking two. ... Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin (3-0), who displayed an overpowering combination of speed and finesse, pitched his first major league complete game and shutout. He allowed six hits while striking out seven and walking two. ... The Rockies (11-2) have won seven straight and have the best record in the majors.

Next: Casey Coleman (0-0, 7.20 ERA) will make his second start of the season for the Cubs on Saturday (WGN, 7:10 p.m.) when he opposes Colorado right-hander Jason Hammel (1-0, 4.91).

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