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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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.