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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  • 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"

  • 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.