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Kiszla: Take that L on the way out, Cubbies. Rockies rookie pitcher Peter Lambert foils Chicago again.


For the second time in six days, Rockies rookie Peter Lambert beat the Chicago Cubs on their own turf.

Whether the ballpark is at Addison and Clark in Wrigleyville or 20th and Blake in Wrigleyville West, it doesn’t matter. Lambert is a Cubbies-killer.

Fly the W? Not here, in LoDo. Or there, on the North Side.

Hey, Chicago: Take that L on the way out.

In his second major-league start, Lambert beat the Cubs for the second time. This time, despite refugees from the Windy City attempting an unfriendly takeover of the Coors Field confines, this young right-hander went five strong innings and sent half the crowd of 43,126 back home to cry in their Old Style after a 10-3 loss to Colorado.

Rockies win, Rockies win, Rockies win!

In any baseball season that begins with 12 losses in 15 games, it almost certainly requires a little magic for a team to recover and make a serious run at the playoffs. If the Rockies have any hope of playing games that matter in October, that magic will probably have to be named Lambert.

As much as any of us might wish for general manager Jeff Bridich to make a big trade for an established, veteran pitcher, in-season blockbuster deals are not the Rockies’ style. So Marcus Stroman of Toronto probably isn’t walking through the doors of the Colorado clubhouse anytime soon, in no small part because franchise owner Dick Monfort is extremely reluctant to part ways with any of his “kids” in the organization.

Where does that leave the Rockies in the hunt for a wild-card berth? At a time when the starting rotation is closer to a dumpster fire than anyone would care to admit, manager Bud Black really had only one choice when he broke glass in case of emergency. He reached in, grabbed Lambert from the minor leagues and told the team’s second-round pick in the 2015 draft to go get ’em.

On a late-spring evening with a hint of autumn in the air, Lambert allowed the Cubs nothing more damaging than a solo home run by Jason Heyward in the second inning. In two outings against Chicago, his earned run average is a sterling 1.50, with 12 strikeouts and three walks.

But what you have to dig most about Lambert is the take-no-prisoners fight in his approach. There’s a little bit of the swagger that made LoDo fall in love with Kyle Freeland a year ago. Although Lambert doesn’t wear emotion on his sleeve in the manner of K-Free, you’ve got to admire a rookie who fearlessly spins 76 mph breaking balls in the thin air of the Mile High City.

What’s more, Lambert plunked Cubs star Kris Bryant not once, but twice, with a pitch while trying to work the inner half the plate, much to the dismay of the partisan Chicago crowd at Coors.

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