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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  • Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent.

    Richard came into the 2015 season with 5+070 days of MLB Service Time, so he only needed to accrue 102 days of MLB Service Time during the 2015 MLB regular season to qualify as an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2015.  However,  he spent the first three months of the season at AAA Indianapolis (the Pirates AAA affiliate) and so he did not accrue any MLB Service Time durinbg that period of time. 

  • says he is, site says he's a Cub, great cooperation between the 2 sites, weird

  • The drafting of Shea at #1 was a sign of things to come -- an undersized white linebacker who's not particularly fast; lets make him an NFL defensive end! Just idiotic. When the best thing you can say about your #1 pick is that he has a "high motor", that's a problem...that's what you should say about late-round picks.

  • Not AZ PHIL but after being DFA'd by the Cubs (after they got him from the Pirates in the "I get a chance in the Majors clause"), the Cubs re-signed him for the remainder of the season. I do not believe service time is an issue for him, so he is eligible to opt for Major League Free Agency - which he is doing and the Cubs or someone else will sign him to an MLB deal. AZ PHIL please correct this if you see fit - but that is the most current info that I'm aware of.

  • To also be fair to Emery, wtf do you draft Shea McLellin as a #1, Jonathan Bostic in the same draft, let Peppers go in lieu of signing Jared Shit-Head, Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriguez, Isiah Frey, on and on...

    I will give him credit for Kyle Long - who is like my favorite player (what does THAT say about the team - but he did throw in the 90's as a former pitcher), and Jeffrey.

  • Geo Soto leaves the WSux and signs with the Angels who lost Chris Ianetta to the Mariners.

    Freed... The Angels also promoted Bobby Scales from director of player development to special assistant

  • AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.

  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.