Rockies Stone Cubs with Long Ball Bonanza

Jaron Shepherd and Correlle Prime smacked solo home runs to highlight a three-run 1st inning, 2012 1st round pick David Dahl blasted a two-run HR to key a three-run 4th, Jared Simon singled, tripled, walked twice, and scored two runs, and Jeff Popick singled twice, doubled, and drove-in a run, leading the Rockies to an 8-2 victory over the Cubs in Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #4 (formerly known as "Field #3") in Mesa, AZ.

Garrett Schlecht drilled a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd inning and Trevor Gretzky crushed a 420+ ft solo HR over the right-centerfield fence with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to account for the two Cub runs.

The defensive play of the day was a run-saving diving catch of a sinking line-drive by Rashad Crawford in short CF.

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

1a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-3 (1B, 3-U, P-6, SB)
1b. Brad Zapenas, 2B: 1-1 (2B)
2. Justin Marra, DH #1: 0-2 (K, BB, F-7, BB)
3. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-4 (5-3, 1B, P-4, L-8)
4a. Erick Castillo, C: 0-1 (4-3, BB)
4b. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-2 (K, P-6)
5. Carlos Escobar, DH #2: 1-4 (2B, K, K, P-3, R)
6a. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 0-2 (5-3, K)
6b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 1-2 (K, HR, R, RBI)
7. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-4 (K, K, P-2, K)
8. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 1-3 (1B, L-9, 1-3, RBI)
9. Francisco Sanchez, SS: 2-3 (4-3, 1B, 1B, PO)
10. Xavier Batista, 1B: 0-3 (6-3, 6-4 FC, K)

1. Paul Blackburn: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HR, 1 PO, 53 pitches (28 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
2. Corbin Hoffner: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 43 pitches (20 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of the 4th inning was stopped with two outs when Hoffner reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the day
3. Loiger Padron: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 26 pitches (16 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
4, Chad Martin: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 33 pitches (23 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. Mike Hamann: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 20 pitches (16 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

1. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (fielding error with two outs allowed batter to reach base safely & unearned run to score from 3rd)
2. C Erick Castillo - E-2 (overthrow at 3rd base allowed baserunner to score)

1. Erick Castillo: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Neftali Rosario: 1-2 CS

1. RF Garrett Schlecht - batter thrown out 9-4-5 trying to strectch double into triple
2. RF Garrett Schlecht - batter thrown out 9-4 trying to stretch single into double


WEATHER: Partly cloudy and breezy with temperatures in the 80's



Okay, let's try another question, as I just saw that you answered my first question in yesterday's comments (on Dan Sanchez). Have you seen enough of Marra to make a judgment on his defensive potential behind the dish? (if you've answered this recently, I apologize).

TOONSTER: Justin Marra has a below-average arm & receiving skills need work, but he is the best catching prospect at EXST, and he should be the #1 catcher at Boise.


Good to see Trevor Gretzky flash some stick, AZ PHIL. Thanks.

I just have a feeling that the Bears are going to, once again, drink that ND Koolaide and draft The Catfished Man.

He could then join other stellar Bear-ND alumni such as Chris Zorich, Rick Mirer, Tom Zibikowski,Frank Budka, Jim Flanigan, Mike Gandy, Paul Grasmanis, Johnny Lujack, Mike Stonebreaker, and Dave Duerson. Plus 11 more.

Actually, some of the above were good players. But I never cared for ex-Bears who went on to play for the Packers.

This is predicated of course, on if they choose to trade the pick which seems like the best, "safest" thing to do.

Or, they could pick a Corner which is surely a need big-time after this year.

But then, if Trestman sees something special at QB, maybe this is the year to do that before Cutler starts scowling? It would certainly be a surprise, but there is no one backing up that could be a bona fide NFL starter.

"and draft The Catfished Man" -not going to happen.

I wish Trevor's sister would flash more.

Jayson Stark‏@jaysonst
It's now official: MLB tells umpires Jean Segura should have been called out for "stealing" first base

hawk harrelson vs brian kenny arguing sabrmetrics is an exercise in futility.

it's one thing to poke holes in methods, it's one thing to call into question assumptions, it's one thing to question formulas used to gain's another to totally dismiss sabrmetrics and insist it's useless.

i would suggest people check it out on replay on MLB network, but you will learn nothing and gain zero perspective. my brain hurts, hawk.

Living in the Chicago viewing area, I like to watch more than the Cubs (i.e. MLB, ESPN, and Comcast games). However, Hawk makes watching any White Sox game on Comcast or Channel 9 virtually unlistenable. I can only watch with TV muted. Can't believe Stone can stand working with him.

Even most Sox fans I know can't stand him.

Well at least I think we got what it was like when the Pope argued with Copernicus

Hawk is still absolutely amazed when a pitcher throws something other thn a fastball on 3-1.

nothing new here, but a rehash of how the Ricketts were forced into a highly leveraged deal to buy the Cubs

dear e.jackson,

quit sucking.

k, thnx, bye.

also, wtf MLB EI not carrying this game? bunk.


He's not listening. Maybe use CAPS for your next try?

i'd be more pissed if i didn't have full faith that MIA can blow a game with more precise skill than CHC.

They trade Schierholtz yet?

suck vs blow

And suck wins it. Woohoo!

marmol strikes out m.stanton for the save...lulz.

...after walking a guy and giving up a single to start the inning.

Ogletree still available at #20....

what shall the Bears do?

OG Kyle Long from Oregon (6'6, 313 lb)

surprise, surprise...

Wow that is a reach. They could have traded down and probably still gotten him.

need someone willing to trade of course...

While true, this is still a big reach. Well we certainly needed OL line help so we'll see.

/edit I think this guy could be good but he's a definite project and not an immediate impact player.

i don't know, second first round project bears have taken in a row

Howie Long's kid...

Scouts Inc. pros: He displays excellent first step quickness and has the ability to execute scoop, hook or reach blocks from the backside. When playing with proper pad level he can generate an explosive surge and can move defenders off the ball. Light on his feet and rarely seen on the ground. He is a very gifted athlete and an easy mover in space.

Scouts Inc. cons: Awareness is obvious area of weakness as a prospect and inexperience shines through. He appears to have more natural instincts in pass pro than as a run blocker at this point. Can be a step late identifying and locating targets in the run game at times. Also needs to work on timing coming off of combo blocks. Can be a second late identifying blitzes and defensive line movement in protection on occasion.

I read another scouting report somewhere that said he stands too upright and has trouble keeping his hands down - but it was overall a pretty positive report, very quick feet, etc. Despite the Bears luck with recent OL drafts - and I still hold out some hope for Carimi - I'm never gonna beef about building the O-line.

That awkward moment when other teams refuse to make an offer for your draft pick because they think you're just going to waste it anyways.

Another "surprise pick" in the first round for the Bears. Sigh.

Maybe publicly threatening to demote Rizzo wasn't the best idea.

Garza rehab start on May 1st now....

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.