Overturned call upholds Rockies' head's-up play

Overturned call upholds Rockies' head's-up play

CHICAGO -- The Rockies fell to the Cubs, 4-1, on Monday and ended the night with the National League's worst record, but they made several stellar defensive plays -- one of which counted after a call was overturned via replay.

With the Rockies trailing, 3-1, with no outs and the bases loaded in the eighth and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo up, catcher Wilin Rosario caught an inside pitch from Nick Masset and whipped a throw to third baseman Nolan Arenado, who made a sweep tag on the runner, Nate Schierholtz.

Third-base umpire Gerry Davis originally called Schierholtz safe, but Arenado immediately called time and advised manager Walt Weiss to request a review. The call was quickly overturned.

Weiss is now 12-for-27 on challenges this season.

There were other defensive gems. Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez rushed inward for a diving catch of a line drive by Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada in the third inning. Arenado also made a stellar grab and throw on an Emilio Bonifacio grounder to lead off the sixth, with the Cubs up, 2-1.

The Rockies made a strong play to end the eighth with Chad Bettis pitching. Shortstop Charlie Culberson -- filling in for the ill Josh Rutledge, who himself has been filling in for Troy Tulowitzki (strained left hip flexor) -- dove for Starlin Castro's hard grounder and flipped to second baseman DJ LeMahieu to start a double play.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.