Rockies Score Late to Top Cubs at Dust Storm Field

Javier Baez singled three times, stole two bases, and scored the only Cub run, but the Rockies scored three runs late in the game to break a 1-1 tie and defeated the Cubs 4-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ

The game was extended an extra inning so that all of the Cubs and Rockies pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their scheduled work.

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


1. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 0-4 (K, 4-3, K, K)
2a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-2 (BB, P-3, 1-3)
2b. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-1 (5-4 FC)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, 5-3, R, 2 SB)
4. Rock Shoulders, DH #1: 1-4 (4-6-3 DP, 2B, K, K, RBI)
5. Micah Gibbs, DH #2: 0-2 (BB, BB, 5-2 FC, F-7)
6. Anthony Giansanti, 3B: 0-3 (2-3, F-8, 6-3)
7. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (L-4, K, K)
8a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-7)
8b. Brian Inoa, 2B: 0-1 (K)
9. Ryan Durrence, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, F-7, P-3)
10. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-3 (F-9, 3-U, 1B)
11b. Jair Bogaerts, DH #3: 0-2 (K, K)

1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 32 pitches (24 strikes), 4/3 GO/FO
2. Pete Levitt: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (13 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Augusto Colina: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 28 pitches (20 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 32 pitches (22 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. Carlos Martinez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 22 pitches (11 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO

3B Anthony Giansanti - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Wilson Contreras: 1-3 CS
Neftali Rosario: 1 PB

LF Garrett Schlecht - threw out runner 7-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's


From Baseball America's Hot Sheet chat:

Dan (Israel): What should we know about Arismandy Alcantara who had a monster offensive week at SS in the FSL?

Matthew Eddy: Cubs 20-year-old Arismendy Alcantara possesses some loud tools — he can field, throw and run — and the shortstop reminded us this week that he also has potential with the bat, going 12-for-29 with two doubles and three triples for High-A Daytona. He very nearly made the Hot Sheet in the Helium section. If the offensive gains are real, then he's a prospect. Even if they're not he might make a fine utility player or quality system depth.

Marmol possibly going to DL, probably could use a bullpen arm for tomorrow since it's a 10am game.

wonder if Scott Maine can make it in time?

Noon game here in God's country, Mr. Hollywood.

Axford leaves note for media after game. He is awesome.

More and more lately it's been bugging me when pro athletes making big bucks have kids in the middle of the season. Hell, in this case, Ax must've knocked her up in the middle of last season, too.

I don't watch NBA, but I just heard Chris Bosh is flying back and forth across the country in the middle of the playoffs because his wife had their child. Considering the circumstances, I have no problem with the way he handled the situation (being there for his wife as well as not missing a game), but why would these guys put themselves in that situation in the first place?

Baseball's not a tough sport to work around the season. Get her pregnant right before you leave for spring training, and she'll be delivering the baby right after the World Series.

**Get her pregnant right before you leave for spring training, and she'll be delivering the baby right after the World Series.**

Yup- because it is that simple. *rolls eyes*

*tongue in cheek*
she won't get pregnant that way

Oh priorities, where have they gone?

chicken and beer > golf

Easier on the lat muscles too. Unless they were playing Edward 40 hands and eating turkey legs.

Coleman up, Marmol to DL. Might not be here for todays game. Lineup in the twitter box.

Cubs go up 1-0. hope Volstad isn't counting on more.

Leadoff double for Morgan. Maybe they should start Camp in the first inning and have Volstad come in for the 2nd.

Braun gets HBP which I never mind, but pretty sure a Cub is gonna get hit soon.

And Soriano immediately nailed. Could have done the Cubs the favor of hurting him :)

yes, please elect soriano to take out your frustrations for your teammates hbp

How come no one runs at runner anymore during run down?

Sori can jump on that golf cart with Wood into the sun set

2 starts in a row moving volstad's start up didn't help...2 extra days off afterwards for this start really really didn't help.

also, boo grand slams.

"Mets placed 3B Bobby Scales on the temporary inactive list."

someone's about to go back to japan.


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  • You have angered the baseball gods. Now Lester will lose and Hendricks will win.

  • Cubs go home 1-1, with Arrieta starting game 3, I like our chances in this series. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is lousy on paper, so today is obviously crucial.

    Will be fun to watch. My two keys are scoring early, and keeping Lester's pitch count below 15 per inning.

  • Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December

  • So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.

    He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".

    I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.

  • I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?

    Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.

  • Gordo's lede today:

    ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.

  • *checks pulse*

    *checks pulse again*


  • Who are you? Andy Rooney?

  • K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best. 

  • how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?

    ...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?

  • Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!

  • Just freakin love it!

  • From Keith Law:

  • This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...

    "Comment From Wrenzie
    Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?

    Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."

  • "Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
    Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"