On a miserable, cold, rainy night in Chicago Monday, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro forgot how to field in the second inning.
Castro made three errors in that inning, two on grounders he couldn’t pick up and another on a throw, and that led to three unearned Rockies runs after the Cubs had taken a 3-0 lead on Esmil Rogers in the first inning. Two of those came on Darwin Barney’s first major league home run.
Then, starter Matt Garza made a throwing error of his own on an attempted Rockies sacrifice in the fifth inning; this led to another unearned run. Of the five Colorado runs, only one was earned; Garza gave up just three singles and a walk and struck out seven but was tagged with the 5-3 loss.
Jeff Samardzija threw two solid innings in relief and Marcos Mateo added another scoreless frame, but the Cubs could not come back; Marlon Byrd grounded out with Jeff Baker on second base to end it.
The teams will play again Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. CDT at Wrigley Field… once again, weather permitting.