9/26 About last night …
Following Tuesday’s loss to the Rockies, the Cubs now are 0-14 on the road against National League West teams.
“It’s always tough to win in the west,” Dale Sveum said. “The bottom line is we haven’t been able to get anybody out, either. … Tonight, to score that many runs early and then give just give it right back, you’re not going to win many road games when you’re giving up that many hard hit balls or balls hit out of the ballpark.”
The Rockies pounded 15 hits — six for extra bases — in the abbreviated game, called after 6 1/2 innings because of rain.
“We came out swinging the bats really well,” Sveum said. “We couldn’t get them to make any soft contact, that’s for sure. There were some balls hit pretty hard on their side. Even the outs we got, we’re lucky they were at people.”
* Rookie Chris Rusin has one more start to go this season, closing the series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday in the Cubs’ final road game.
“It’s been a learning experience, a good experience to get your feet wet,” said Rusin, who spent most of this season at Triple-A Iowa. “At the same time, you try to do well. You just take whatever you can get from it and learn from it, and figure out what you have to work on next year. [I've got] one more — try to end solid and end on a good note.”
* Tuesday’s game was played in a constant rain. Sveum said the field had become unplayable.
“It just rained too hard for too long a period of time,” Sveum said.
The game was called after a 48-minute delay.
“It was terrible — I thought I was on ice skates,” Sappelt said of the field conditions. “Every time I tried to throw the ball, I thought I was going to slide.”
* The Cubs’ magic number is four. They need four wins in the remaining eight games to avoid a 100-loss season, which would be the team’s first since the 1966 Cubs lost 103 games.
* Starlin Castro hit his 14th home run in the third. He now has 52 extra-base hits this season, three shy of his career high of 55, set last year.
* Darwin Barney’s NL-record errorless streak at second base is now at 139 consecutive games. He is closing in on the Major League record of 141 set by Placido Polanco in 2007 with the Tigers.
– Carrie Muskat