Rockies Blank Cubs & Ian Stewart at Talking Stick

Rockies hitters rapped out six extra-base hits (a double, three triples, and two HR) and five Rockies pitchers combined to toss a six-hit shutout with twelve strikeouts, as the Cubs were whitewashed 9-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Rehabbing from a strained quad suffered in an intrasquad game in February, Ian Stewart played 3B for five innings and batted six times (once in each of the first six innings), going 0-6 with three strikeouts (all three swinging), two fly outs, and a line-drive out, leaving seven baserunners stranded (four in scoring position).

The game was continued into the bottom of the 9th inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers scheduled to throw today could get their work.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):

X. Ian Stewart, 3B: 0-6 (K, K, F-8, L-8, F-9, K)
NOTE: Stewart batted six times, hitting 3rd in each of the first six innings
1a. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-7, K)
1b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (L-9)
2. David Bote, 2B-DH: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, K, CS)
3a. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
3b. Jose Dore, 1B: 0-1 (6-3)
4a. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-2 (K, 2B)
4b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (K)
5. Roni Torreyes, DH-2B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 4-3)
6a. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 2-2 (2B, 1B, SB)
6b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (4-3)
7a. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
7b. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-1 (1-U)
8a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB, CS)
8b. Danny Lockhart, SS: 0-1 (F-7)
9b. Mark Malave, DH-3B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)

1. Josh Conway: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 29 pitches (17 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Conway's second inning was stopped with one out when he reached his pre-planned max pitch limit
2. Jose Rosario: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 25 pitches (16 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. James Pugliese: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 35 pitches (23 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
5. Tyler Bremer: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
6. David Cales: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (8 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

SS Danny Lockhart - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

1. Justin Marra: 0-1 CS
2. Neftali Rosario: 1-3 CS


WEATHER: Sunny, windy, and hazy (blowing dust), with temperatures in the 80's



AZ Phil: Can you update us with your thoughts on catcher Chadd Krist. He's off to a good start at KC. Seems like a good bat. How are his catching skills? What is his upside projection as a prospect, i.e. starter, backup or move to another position?

My 2 cents before AZ Phil chimes in.
Saw the cougars friday night.

Krist has a nice eye and takes the ball to center/right field. Not a lot of pop yet. Seems to be decent behind the plate.

Other observations:
J. Candelario looks like a stud. Just missed a 3 run game tying homer in the eighth on a 3-1 pitch. Defensively he looked a bit shaky. Vogelbach saved him an error in the first on a swipe tag and then he booted one later. Very cold night, mid-30's, but he still looked very impressive at the plate.

Vogelbach looked very anxious and was swinging at a lot of bad pitches. Made a bad error that led to first run as he ranged too far to his right on a chopper. Easy play for the second basemen. Vogelbach was 3/4 of the way to second base when he kicked it.

Rock Shoulders is a masher. Lumbers around the bases, but he drove in the only run with a double. Tried to strech it into a triple and was thrown out rather easily (watch the coaches!)

Trey Martin reminds me of Doug Glanville (build and approach). Very fast, but no real pop yet.

Again very cold night, but this could be a very exciting team when Almora comes back and the weather warms up.

Rays lose due to a ridiculous called strike 3. We need some friggin robots up in this bitch.

The ump was obviously tired of baseball.

That was such an awesomely terrible call.

The catcher trapped it in the dirt.


Yep, I just watched the replay online, but it looked like the catcher immediately went out to the mound for a mound visit and it turned into a mound celebration.

AZ Phil,
I see you have Rony Rodriguez listed as back in EX S.T.. Has this future slugger returned?

HAGSAG: Rony Rodriguez is back on the field, but he is restricted to "LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY." 

Same goes for Carlos Escobar, Jesse Hodges, Albert Almora, Brad Zapenas, Jin-Young Kim, Dayan Diaz, Chang-Yom Lim, Daury Torrez, Casey Weathers, Greg Rohan, Kyler Burke, Armando Rivero, and Marcelo Carreno,  

Julio Borbon designated...come on new Cubs leadoff hitter.

"Indians designated RHP Robert Whitenack for assignment."


Whitenack DFA'd by Indians...

I would think the Cubs would be all over getting Borbon. Compared to Sappelt he is a god damn all-star.

"I would think the Cubs would..."

...already be crying in their beer. on suicide watch.

I would think the Cubs would... be further under .500

Lillibridge is abysmal. So thrilled to know we have no better folks to be a place-holder in the minor leagues than this Sox reject.

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    Reliever Jason Motte waved as he left the visitor’s clubhouse at Miller Park on a golf cart en route to the airport to catch a flight to Arizona to start a rehab assignment.
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    Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
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