How it happened: The Cubs got on the board first, as a single by Emilio Bonifacio and a double by Arismendy Alcantara in the fourth inning were followed by an RBI groundout by Anthony Rizzo and a sacrifice fly by Justin Ruggiano. The Rockies cut the lead in half when Nolan Arenado drove in Charlie Blackmon with a single in the sixth, but Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada worked out of the jam without further damage. Wada mixed things up enough to keep the Rockies off balance, giving up just five hits while walking just one and striking out six over seven innings. The Cubs added two runs in the eighth, when an errant pickoff throw to first allowed John Baker to score from third and an RBI single by Rizzo brought home Bonifacio, who had doubled.
What it means: Trade candidate Bonifacio continued a nice run since coming back from injury, collecting two hits including a double. Alcantara, meanwhile, might have cooled after his hot start, but he continues to drive the ball in the form of extra-base hits. Of the 16 hits in his young career, eight have gone for more than one base. His batting average is just .258, but his slugging percentage is .468, second on the team among regular players.
It’s not clear what Wada’s future holds, but he’s been more than adequate in two of three career starts so far after a good season at Triple-A and a rough spring training before that. He earned his first career win Monday.