Marcus Stroman, Cubs fall to Kris Bryant's Rockies in Colorado

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Stro Show No Go: 5-run fourth sinks Stroman, Cubs originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

DENVER — The Stro Show lasted a little over three innings Friday night at Coors Field.

And then came a two-out disaster in the fourth for Cubs starter Marcus Stroman — who gave up a two-run double to Sam Hilliard and three-run homer to No. 9 hitter Alan Trejo in the span of three batters.

It sent the Cubs to a 6-5 loss and evened their four-game series against Kris Bryant’s Rockies with two left.

“That’s just not acceptable from my point of view,” Stroman (0-1) said. “I was just kind of cruising through three and then just kind of lost my way a bit in the fourth, mechanically, feel-wise. I’ve just got to be better.”

Stroman took a 3-0 lead into the fourth, having allowed only two hits without a walk until Bryant led off the fourth with an infield hit.

A one-out double by Ryan McMahon sent Bryant to third, and one out later both scored on Hilliard’s double.

Then came Stroman’s lone walk of the game and the big homer on a 2-2 splitter.

Manager David Ross suggested a last-second timeout that prompted him to stop mid-delivery and stumble during the Hilliard at-bat might have knocked Stroman out of sync.

“I don’t think so,” Stroman said. “In that fourth, my mechanics — I was just all over the place. Nothing felt consistent.”

He also wouldn't blame it on the short ramp up to the season (he pitched well in his debut Sunday) or lack of reps heading into the start.

"I was just bad," he said. "I would never put it on that. I just have to be better.

"I’ll watch it and definitely get back to the drawing board tomorrow and start working on things to make my next start better."

The Cubs closed a two-run gap to 6-5 on Patrick Wisdom’s two-out RBI double in the ninth. And Wisdom advanced to third, where he was stranded when Michael Hermosillo popped up to end the game.

Willson Contreras picked up where he left off in Pittsburgh for the Cubs, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and throwing out a runner trying to steal second.

He’s 5-for-9 with three doubles and a homer in his last two games.

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