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Alexi Amarista tested the Cubs' defense, and ended up with a mouth full of dirt

In an offensive environment like Coors Field, no lead is truly secure. So, despite a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, Rockies pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista was willing to take a risk to extend the lead.

Unfortunately, that risk involved testing the defensive abilities of Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez. Maybe realizing that his decision to try to stretch a double into a triple against such defensive stalwarts was going poorly, Amarista mistimed his slide by a little bit.

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While his helmet didn't protect him from being thrown out or ingesting inadvisable quantities of dirt, Amarista proved that it wasn't entirely without utility. Luckily for him, his team's seven-run lead was able to withstand the altitude of Denver as the Rockies defeated the Cubs, 10-4, in the opener of the day-night doubleheader lending a slighlty sweeter aftertaste to that dirt.