DENVER – Patience is indeed a virtue. It has been so far for the Colorado Rockies in 2018, keeping their heads safely above water rather than storming out of the gates early in their high-expectation-season.
And patience was the key for the Rockies in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field on Saturday night, walking seven times and using a huge fifth inning to punch back after being throttled in Game 1 of the series.
It looked for a moment like Friday’s nightmare was going to repeat itself for Colorado when a pair of runs came in on a deep double off the bat of Wilson Contreras in the first. Just like the night before, it was some soft singles that set the stage for the big shot, but unlike the night before, starting pitcher Tyler Anderson would stop the bleeding then and there.
He put up five blank frames after that.
The Rockies southpaw was matched, overmatched even, by Cubs starter Yu Darvish until the Colorado offense suddenly sprung to life in the fifth.