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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  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of there money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.

  • Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.

    Arietta though.

  • I felt the same way, too, but...

    I was very disappointed with Pittsburgh fans. At Wrigley a few weeks ago, they were very obnoxious guests, the cockiness on Twitter, and what's the deal with chanting Arrieta's name during the game? Very bush league. Add that up with Rodriguez's poor sportsmanship and you quickly have a team that you don't mind beating 4-0 in a do or die game.

  • Absolutely-It was tense. And when the Pirates couldn't push any runs across, you could see the frustration boil over.

  • I meant December.