Cubs Play Home Run Derby In Win Over Rockies

Pena and Ramirez each homer twice as Cubs win makeup with Rockies.

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Garza, Four Homers Lead Cubs To Victory

In the the past offseason, the Cubs made two major moves in acquiring Carlos Pena and Matt Garza. Pena is a slugging first basemen known for his great glove and for hitting the long ball. Garza is a solid young arm who the Cubs gave up a lot from their farm system to get. Monday’s game showed what could be when both players play to their potential. Carlos Pena hit two homeruns and Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings to lead the Cubs over the Rockies 7-3.

Matt Garza couldn’t have picked a better day to give the Cubs a quality start. The Cubs have a double-header Tuesday so they needed as many innings from their starter as they could get. Garza went seven strong and gave up three runs on just five hits. The Cubs righty improved his record to 4-6 on the season.

The hitting stars for the Cubs on Monday were Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena. Each homered twice and drove in six of the Cubs seven runs.

Jhoulys Chacin came into Monday’s game as one of the hottest pitchers in all of baseball. In Chacin’s last four starts he was 3-0 with an ERA of just 1.01. That all changed in his last start of June. Chacin gave up six runs on nine hits in his five innings of work. The Rockies righty is now 8-5 on the season.

The Cubs now welcome the San Francisco Giants to town. Tuesday the two teams will play a double-header.

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Cubs,Rockies Meet Monday For Makeup Game

The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies will meet Monday to finish a series that began two months ago. The Cubs and Rockies were rained out on April 27th and will finish their season series today. This time of the season both teams would probably prefer the originally scheduled day off, but it is what it is. The fans who do plan on attending Monday's game should be treated to a very attractive pitching matchup.

Matt Garza will get the start for the Cubs Monday. Garza is just 3-6 on the season with an ERA of 4.11. Although his numbers might not be outstanding, Garza does have the possibility of throwing a gem anytime he gets the ball. The Cubs righty has struggled against the Rockies. In his three previous starts, Garza is 0-3 with a 5.29 ERA against Colorado.

The Rockies will send their hottest pitcher to the mound in the series finale. Jhoulys Chacin is 8-4 with an ERA of 2.71 on the season. Those numbers are impressive on their own, but in June Chacin has even been better. The Rockies righty is 3-0 with an outstanding 1.01 ERA in his past four outings.

The forecast at the time of first pitch is temps in the 70's with a chance for storms. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 CST. The game will be televised on CSN.

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