Preview: Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs (48-76) will send him on the mound to start today’s matinee match against the Colorado Rockies (50-74) at Wrigley Field. They kicked off their 10-game homestand on the right track Friday by defeating the visitors in a come-from-behind victory.
The previous start for Raley (1-2, 7.63) was on last Saturday facing the Reds at Cincinnati. His pitching line was not pretty as he conceded four runs (three earned) on five hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking two. But the left-hander took it anyways for his memorable first win in the Major League.
The southpaw was then sent him back to Triple-A Iowa (PCL) after the victory as the Cubs opened a roster spot for tarter Chris Rusin. Raley, however, did not see any action in the farm club for the preparation of the today’s start.
On Friday, the Cubs procured a 5-3 victory with a late-inning rally. With a one-run deficit, Brett Jackson hit a game-tying home run and pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena scored the game-winning run against reliever Matt Belisle in the eighth. Making a rare start on Friday, Joe Mather, who drove in Valbuena, also tallied as an insurance run.
Alfonso Soriano and Welington Castillo hit solo dingers in the fifth to cut the 3-0 deficit.
Starter Jeff Samardzija struggled to give the Rockies an early lead. He gave up three runs, including solo lead-off long balls to Chris Nelson and Carlos Gonzalez.
The Rockies will be behind Alex White (2-6, 5.55) whom the Rockies received in the trade with the Cleveland Indians in 2011. But the right-hander did not begin with the Rockies until May this year. His last victory was on June 3 facing the Los Angeles Dodgers and he went 0-3 in nine starts since then.
The right-hander tossed a four-inning start conceding one run in his previous outing against the Mets in New York last Monday.
The Rockies’ five-game winning streak was snapped by Friday’s defeat.
Patrick Au Yeung