CarGo's big night overshadowed by loss, Tulo deal
Outfielder goes 4-for-5 with two HRs in narrow defeat at Wrigley
CHICAGO -- Before things went crazy at Wrigley Field on Monday night, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went wild at Wrigley Field.
Gonzalez hit a pair of two-run homers and even put the Rockies up going into the bottom of the ninth, before the Cubs' Kris Bryant snatched the game away, 9-8, on a two-run homer off John Axford in the bottom of the ninth.
Of course, Gonzalez's standout night -- on which he raised his total for the year to 20 homers, including seven in the last five games -- was further pushed into the background when the Rockies had reportedly agreed to trade star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays for star shortstop Jose Reyes and three Minor Leaguers -- highly regarded right-handed pitchers Jeff Hoffman (a top Draft pick in 2014), Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco.
The trade was announced on Tuesday.
But Gonzalez, who, like Tulowitzki, has a big contract and is front-and-center in the rumor mill, had a heck of a night.
"I'm not going up there thinking about home runs," said Gonzalez, who also learned Monday that he was named co-National League Player of the Week with Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. "All my home runs during my career have been good swings. It just happens when you're on a hot streak."
Gonzalez homered in the third off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, then went deep in the ninth against Rafael Soriano. Daniel Descalso delivered a pinch-hit leadoff homer off Jason Motte to begin a rally that didn't result in victory.
Gonzalez, who went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, went deep twice in Sunday's 17-7 home victory over the Reds and is the first Rockies player with consecutive multi-homer games since Vinny Castilla on July 7 and 8, 1995. He also has seven homers at Wrigley -- third-most at any park -- and is 14-for-26 (.538) with seven homers, 11 runs and 15 RBIs during a six-game hit streak.
"It's something to see when he gets rolling," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's so talented that he can do anything out there when he gets hot. He's locked in right now."