Wednesday Quick Hits: Cubs-Rockies Engage In Target Practice with Each Other

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The Cubs and Rockies are not known for throwing at hitters. Cubs pitchers have hit only 21 batters this season, tied for the fewest by an NL pitching staff with the Brewers. The Rockies have hit 23 batters, the fifth fewest. That didn't mean things were peaceful at Coors Field in the Rockies 10-1 loss at Coors Field. Both teams had two batters hit.

And to think, the managers, Bud Black of the Rockies and Joe Maddon of the Cubs, are close friends, who were on the coaching staff together for the 2002 world champion Angels.

The Rockies did hit Kris Bryant three times in the six games the two teams have played in the last nine days. They also hit Anthony Rizzo once, but he does lead NL hitters in being hit by a pitch 12 times.

Here's the kicker: The flare-up on Wednesday did not feature pitchers Yu Darvish of the Cubs nor German Marquez of the Rockies, who are tied for second in the NL with five hit batters apiece.

At the Plate

David Dahl, the Rockies first-round draft choice and 10th player taken overall in the 2012 first-year player draft, is healthy and hitting this year. Dahl was 3-for-4 on Wednesday, his 10th multi-hit game in his last 24 games. He has hit .376 in those 24 games, and is hitting .332 for the season, which is tops on the Rockies.

On the Mound

Antonio Senzatela (5-5, 5.48) gave up five runs in the first inning on Wednesday, and eight runs total in a four-inning effort that saw him allow eight hits, and walk four. The 10-1 loss to the Cubs marked the eighth time the Rockies have allowed 10 or more runs in a game this year. Senzatela has been the starting pitcher in three of the eight.


The Rockies had their 10-game Coors Field winning streak stopped on Wednesday. Even with that streak, however, they are only 20-13 at home, sixth-best home-field winning percentage (.606) in the NL. But don't overlook the fact they are 20-8 at home since rebounding from losing their first five home games of the season.