OSS: Suzuki continues to impress as the Cubs come away with a .500 road trip.
- Seiya Suzuki had yet another solid day, going 1-3 with two walks and a home run. His slash line on the season is a whopping .400/.543/.960, good for a .590 wOBA and 284 wRC+. Hooray for small sample sizes and all, but this is a pretty historic start.
- Drew Smyly looked pretty good, striking out four and walking one over 4.2 shutout innings. He gave up four hits, but two of those were sheer bad luck. The first was a double directly down the first base line off the end of Kris Bryant’s bat, and even Bryant was surprised that it went anywhere as he hit it. The second was one of those weird no man’s land infield singles that hit the seam between the pitcher and the first baseman, which ended his outing. He seemed to have the Rockies off balance all day.
- Nico also had a solid day, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs. He did manage to get himself TOOTBLAN’d on the RBI hit, but at least his rundown didn’t prevent any of the runs from scoring.
- The bullpen struggled a bit, as bullpens tend to do at Coors. David Ross is likely still sorting out his trust levels with various relievers and their usage, especially after the abbreviated spring.
- Michael Hermosillo is still oh-fer on the season, though he just missed getting off the schneid with a grand slam in the fifth.
- The Coors Field ushers were some of the most aggressive I’ve ever seen. One of them even got on my case for sitting in an empty seat, two spots away from my ticketed one. WTF? They didn’t make me move but reminded me and several others that we might have to. I’d put it down to them hassling Cubs fans, since I was behind the dugout (though not in anything particularly conspicuous), but I saw them grilling some guys in Rockies jerseys as well.
Next up: The Rays head to Wrigley for a three game set. Cyle takes on
Rue Shane McClanahan at 6:40 PM CT.