How it happened: Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva got hit early and often, giving up 12 hits in his five innings of work. The Rockies scored in each of the first three innings and then added two more in the fifth and two more in the ninth. The big blows came from
What it means: The rough start could not have come at a worse time for Villanueva. With Matt Garza very close to returning from an injury, one starter has to go to the bullpen despite manager Dale Sveum vaguely intimating before the game he might use six starters for the time being. Tuesday didn’t help Villanueva’s cause, as he was hit hard from the outset, and he’s been trending backward after a great first month on the mound.
Key stat: Gonzalez went 5-5 for Colorado with two home runs and three RBIs.