More Errors at Salt River Fields Than Can Be Imagined in Your Philosophy

Emerson Jimenez (2012 NDFA - Dominican Republic - $275K bonus) stroked a two-run single and David Bergin and Miguel Dilone followed with RBI triples to highlight a four-run 3rd inning, Hamlet Marte belted an RBI triple in the 6th and doubled and scored in the 8th, Marcos Derkes collected three hits, stole a base, scored a run, and drove-in another, and Ryan Garvey blasted a two-run home run, leading the Rockies to a 9-6 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action thiis morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.  

Kevin Brown (a double and three walks) and Zak Blair (two singles and two walks) reached base four times a piece for the Cubs in a losing cause. (The Cubs left 11 men on base and had three runners thrown out on the bases).

The two teams combined to commit nine errors, including six by the Cubs and three by the Rockies.

Casper Wells (back spasms) continued his EXST rehab, serving as a DH and batting five times (once in each of the first five innings). He drew a two-out walk in the 1st inning, reached base on an HBP in the 2nd, lined out to 2nd base in the 3rd, ripped a two-run double down the LF line in the 4th and then later scored on a Ricardo Marcano RBI single, and struck out (swinging) on a 1-2 slider (from a LHP) in the 5th. 

In EXST roster news, OF Jorge Soler (hamstring) has completed his rehab assignment at Extended Spring Training and will be rejoining AA Tennessee. In seven EXST Cactus League games (34 Plate Appearances), Soler hit 179/265/214 with five hits (four singles and a double), one walk, three HBP, five strikeouts, two sacrifice flies, five RBI, and one stolen base. 

Also, RHP Michael Wagner has been moved up to Kane County from Extended Spring Training. The 22-year old 6'4 200 Wagner was the Cubs 15th round pick in last June's MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Diego, where he was the USD closer, second-team All-American, and a teammate of Cubs mega-prospect Kris Bryant. 

4/14 - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/FO, 24 pitches (15 strikes)
4/18 - 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 23 pitches (15 strikes) 
4/21 - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (20 strikes)
4/29 - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)  
5/2   - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 31 pitches (20 strikes)
TOTAL: 9.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 7/10 GO/FO, 62% strikes, 1.92 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .222 OppBA

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

X. Casper Wells, DH #1: 1-3 (BB, HBP, L-4, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Wells batted 3rd in the top of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-5 (4-3, 6-3, K, 1-3, F-8)
2. Justin Marra, 1B-C: 0-5 (3-U, 3-U, F-9, F-7, F-8)
3. Kevin Brown, 3B: 1-1 (2B, BB, BB, BB, CS, PO)
4. Alberto Mineo, DH-1B: 1-4 (3-U, 1B, K, K, R)
5. Antonio Valerio, C-DH: 0-2 (F-7, BB, BB, K, R)
6. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-3 (HBP, 6-3, F-7, E-5, 2 R)
7. Zak Blair, 2B: 2-2 (BB, BB, 1B, 1B, RBI, PO)
8. Arnaldo Calero, LF: 1-4 (K, K, K, 2B, R)
9. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, BB, L-7, 2 RBI)

1. Hector Perez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 41 pitches (20 strikes)
2. Luis Hernandez: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 48 pitches (35 strikes)
3. Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3/1 GO/FO, 42 pitches (29 strikes)
4. Corbin Hoffner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 4/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (15 strikes)

1. 2B Zak Blair - E-4 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base - 1B+E4)
2, 2B Zak Blair - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. P. Luis Hernandez - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)
4. LF Arnaldo Calero - E-7 (missed catch - dropped line-drive allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely)
5. P Jasvir Rakkar - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)
6. C Justin Marra: E-2 (errant return throw to pitcher after pitch allowed runner at 3rd base to score)

1. Antonio Valerio: 1-2 CS
2. Justin Marra: 1-2 CS, 1 E (see above)


WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's



more errors than attendance...cold.

also...unrelated hurrah for tonite's ESPN announce crew being good (for a national announce crew) for this chc/cws game. the last espn game was an exercise in futility and stupidity for the announce crew.

still early

In other news I really wouldn't mind seeing the Cubs get a new TV broadcast team. I'm tired of Len and JD.

i miss the chemistry of len/bob...len/jd can't seem to get their banter or jokes working beyond calling the game and it comes off clumbsy. jd can make some jokes that make "bad joke bob" seem like the most brilliant comedian of our time and jd doesn't seem to know what to do with len's nerdiness. jd was good in houston, but isn't clicking well with len. i had better hopes for their chemistry.

Agreed. They worked really well together. Len's play calling is fine, but JD is about as interesting as a can of dried paint.

It could be worse, of course. It could be that idjiot on the other side of town.

People seem to forget that Len and Bob took a while to get where they ended up. Their chemistry is fine.

I can't get my head around people complaining about Len at all.

Len is okay if you want to see a fan elevated to play-by-play announcer. He doesn't particularly understand the game, and he says a lot of dumb things. They're not memorable dumb things, just dumb things. If you want examples, I'll watch him for a week and make a list.

JD is fine, I think. Played the game and knows it, and best sense of humor in the business. Yesterday the Sox catcher goes to the mound and JD says, They're out of timeouts.

To me, Brenly always talked down to his audience, like a third-grade teacher, and Len was the third grader he was talking to.

If you believe Len doesn't know the game, you're not paying as close attention as you think. He's also the driving force behind the increased attention on advanced stats on their broadcasts.

If my MILB app is correct, Kris Bryant has 19 walks. He also has 5 stolen bases and 69 total bases in 115 ABs (it doesn't list PAs)

All the more reason to get Olt that playing time and find out what he can do. Bryant isn't exactly sitting around waiting. A little foresight here, Capt Happy. K?

Where is Hawk Harrelson anyways?

He should be in a nursing home.

Story is Hawk wanted window put in Cubs booth because it was cold Monday nite. And it was cold.
Stone told Hawk they wouldn't because that's how Harry did games .

Hawk didn't say anything about it on air but was bitching about it in between ininngs.
Stone told Sox brass have back up ready for next nites game.

Sure nuff, Mike Huff Tuesday

So small victory for Cubs thus week as they almost off'd that old coot .

He's so terrible at play by play...

Whenever a pitcher throws something other than a fastball at 2-0 or 3-1, Hawk sputters and falls out of his chair in shock. It's actually pretty funny.

Hamlet Marte! I have a new favorite MiLB name.

Sorry, Varonex Cuevas

Keith Law chat transcript


I think there's a decent chance Rodon reaches the Cubs, but not the two prep arms. Depends a lot on what the White Sox do if Aiken-Kolek go 1-2.



Timetable for Kris Bryant? AAA in a few months and then he makes his debut in Chicago in May 2015?

  (1:11 PM)

That sounds about right. I don't understand Cubs fans clamoring for him to get right to Iowa based on four weeks in AA


Re: Hoffmann injury and Cubs

I think their board blew up a bit with the Hoffman injury. I've heard them a bit with Fedde, although he didn't pitch last weekend and was pushed back to Saturday this week. Theo saw Nick Gordon's last game earlier this week. I don't think Beede is in their mix and I think their link to Alex Jackson is a bit overblown.


Re: Baez

Some of it is SSS, but some of it is a continuation of what we saw last year - poor plate discipline, overaggressiveness throughout the count. I don't think he hits .169 or strikes out 40% of the time all year, but I think it's cooled some of the enthusiasm over Baez, and rightly so. He wasn't ready in March and he's not ready now.


Are there specific mechanical things that Javier Baez needs to do, or is it just hoping that with more PAs, seeing more pitches, and maturity, he'll get a little more selective?

  (1:43 PM)

Well, not swinging out of his a** all the time would be a start.


Re: Alex Jackson

Variety of factors here but all signs point to him not catching long-term. I do think he has the arm and glove for it, at least.


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  • 14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.

  • I was there too, with my grown son. This is my miracle year-- I rose to the top of the season ticket list after eight years, completely unexpectedly, and my wonderful wife agreed to put the ticket fee on the emergency credit card. The whole point of course was that the Cubs were going to be good this year, and then for a while, so to get season tickets with the guaranteed shot at the postseason was incredible timing. We got to the remote lot at 4:10 after stopping at Nhu Lan for our usual banh mi sandwiches, only to find the lot full, way earlier than normal.

  • Wrigley was electric tonite
    Not many card fans
    Video board was great, they played "there goes my hero" by foos over ryno highlights before he came out. Spectacular

    Good times hopefully they win tomorrow but think Lester will beat poopy pants on Wednesday.

    Happy 4th anniversary of Theo's signing

    Go Cubs !

  • Yeah. "Goodbye!" is a lame HR call.

    I miss Len and JD -- although, driving home from a friend's, WBBM played all 6 HR calls in a row -- and Len got to call the Bryant/Rizzo back-to-back. Very fun.

  • Lackey has been a beast against us. His stats on 3 days rest, however, not as nice. There is plenty of hope.

  • And, no dreadlocks grown yet.

  • Captain Obvious Strikes Again!!!

  • Amen, brother.

  • In the wild card game he mentioned that aram started with the Pirates, then played for the Brewers, and now he's back with the Pirates. Uhhhh, missed a step there, guy.

  • i like ron darling the person, the interview, and the studio desk guy...but him calling a game can lead to some really stupid stuff coming out of his mouth.

  • If you think these announcers are bad ,the ones doing the Mets vs Dodgers (Ron Darling ,Cal Ripken and someone else)
    are worse they did the wildcard game I never knew Joe Jackson and Derrick Fowler played for the Cubs this year you
    would think there would be research by them.

  • daaaaaayam.

  • Soler's OPS in the NLDS? 3.750.

  • ...and HRs are good.

  • Theo: "So, let's see...should we put Soler on the post-season roster? Ummmm, yeah, I mean what the hell."

    Wow -- if he can bring that focus and plate discipline next year -- yowza! Seems like Manny has really helped him.

  • 2-1 series!

    1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason. woo.