Cubs Turn Rockies to Stone at Riverview

Carlos Sepulveda tripled and singled and scored two runs, Roney Alcala belted an RBI double, singled, and scored a run, Miguel Rico drilled a two-run double, and five pitchers combined to toss a four-hitter, helping the Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. 

Denzel Richardson and Jordan Ribera stroked solo home runs to account for two of the Rockies four runs.  

The Cubs had several baserunning gaffes in the game. Slow-footed catcher Tyler Pearson was gunned-down 7-4 trying to stretch a single into a double with no outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Kevin Encarnacion was doubled-up at 1st base on a pop out to the second-baseman in the bottom of the 6th (Rockies shortstop faked like he was fielding a ground ball and Encarnacion fell for it), and Roney Alcala was called out on an appeal play at 3rd base in the bottom of the 7th inning when the home plate umpire ruled that Alcala had left 3rd too early on what should have been a sacrifice fly (it was really obvious, too), taking what should have been a third RBI away from Miguel Rico. 

So I guess we might see a special emphasis on baserunning drills tomorrow. 

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

1a. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-2 (P-6, E-6, L-7 SF, RBI)
1b. Danny Gutierrez, CF: 1-2 (5-3, 1B) 
2. Carlos Sepulveda, 2B: 2-4 (3B, L-5, 3-1, 1B, 2 R) 
3a. Eloy Jimenez, LF: 0-2 (F-7 SF, 5-3, K, RBI)
3b. Jose Paniagua, LF: 1-2 (1B, K) 
4a. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #1: 1-2 (P-6, BB, 1B) 
4b. Roberto Caro, RF: 0-1 (4-6 FC, RBI) 
5a. Tyler Pearson, C: 1-3 (1B, 6-4-3 DP, P-4 DP) 
5b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-2 (P-6, 6-3) 
6. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (K, F-7, E-6, R)
7. Roney Alcala, 1B: 2-3 (4-3, 1B, 2B, R, RBI)
8. Jenner Emeterio, RF-DH: 2-3 (1-3, 1B, 1B, R)
9a. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-1 (1B, HBP, R)
9b. Rafael Narea, SS: 0-2 (F-7, 1-3)
10. Miguel Rico, DH #2: 1-3 (1-3, 2B, F-7 DP, 2 RBI)

1. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/FO, 26 pitches (18 strikes) 
2. Carson Sands: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/0 GO/FO, 35 pitches (20 strikes) 
3. Oscar de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2/4 GO/FO, 20 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (6 strikes) 
5. Dillon Maples: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (15 strikes) 

P Austin Reed - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)

1. Tyler Pearson: 1-2 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's  



hurry up with the DH already...

Vogelbach hitting .436/522/641 in AA so far, 7 BB's vs 3 K's...1 HR, 5 2B's


Waves and waves.

shwarb has 10bb in 33PA (8K), 1 triple, 1 HR. .261/.485/.478 1 error...8sb/2cs in 6 games

He stealing bases? Wow

can't tell if humor or misunderstanding... either way, that's his defense numbers playing catcher.

Sorry bad joke

Waddle and Silvy are pushing hardcore to show Harry singing the 7th inning stretch on the Jumbotron instead of the guest conductor but a rep from the Cubs made it sound like there's no plan to make it happen. I'd love it personally instead of some of these awful guests they have.

that's a missed opportunity...they have a HD screen and only SD footage of harry. that's a lot of black space on the screen that could be some of that sweet cubs ad revenue. ...or they can continue to march out some dudes who once had a layover in chicago to sing the 7th to pimp their film/tv show/album/whatever.

there's a bunch of ways to compensate for SD footage on an HD screen, but generally you put a pillarbox on the sides, sometimes a graphic, sometimes something more artistic

if they really want to spend some $, they can pay someone to clean up the SD footage and blow it up to fill the frame.

I think that is a great idea. I hate the guest conductors.

Phil: Do you know which Cubs staff are responsible for overseeing the base-running performance at EXST?

JOHN B: Doug Dascenzo is the organization baserunning coordinator so he develops the program, but as far as which coach supervises the baserunning drills at EXST, Ty Wright is the primary third-base coach, so he does a lot it.  

Players who are not in the game rotate as 1st base coach, and I suspect that may be part of the problem. Some of the players just don't know how to be a 1st base coach, but doing it does give the player a chance to see baserunning from a different perspecive. 

I imagine the Cubs like the free publicity, because especially when they're bad, it's people talking about the Cubs.

Brief intrasquad game at Extended Spring Training this afternoon... XBH by Carlos Sepulveda (double) and Carlos Jimenez (RBI triple)... first game action by RHP (ex-OF) Jae-Hoon Ha... game called with one out in top of the 4th... 

Pedro Araujo: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 37 pitches (25 strikes) 
Justin Steele: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 35 pitches (19 strikes) 
Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 24 pitches (11 strikes) 
Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (13 strikes) 

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  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 57 min ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring on December 1st, MLB owners and the MLBPA have jointly agreed to move the contract tender date up from Thursday December 2nd to Tuesday November 30th (that's a week from today). 

    Then (presumably) the lock-out will start the next day (Wednesday). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Not that TJS is ever necessarily a good thing, but taking a year off from catching could give Miguel Amaya a chance to work on his hitting.

    His glove & arm were probably a year ahead of his bat coming into 2021, so once he gets going again hopefully he will be able to spend a significant part of his rehab working in the cages. 

    Also, although he won't be able to throw for a while, he should be able to work on his receiving during the summer, once he is cleared to resume non-throwing baseball activities.  


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless you consider Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne as legit contenders to be the Cubs back-up catcher in 2022, the Cubs have no catcher who is projected to eventually play in MLB anywhere near MLB ready.


  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    With Amaya's 2022 year as a catcher essentially an non-factor and Robinson Chirinos and Austin Romaine again free agents, It looks like any rumors of moving Willson Contreras will go quiet. At least Chirinos could hit (for a backup catcher). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Chris Allen, 1B Shendrik Apostel, INF Matt Burch, INF Widimer Joaquin, RHP Garrett Kelly, RHP Marco Prieto,  RHP Jorge Remon, RHP Dawel Rodriguez, and OF Vance Vizcaino, so the off-season Cubs Minor League Domestic Reserve List is now at 169 (21 slots are open).  

    Six of the nine players who were released (Allen, Apostel, Joaquin, Kelly, Remon, and Vizcaino) were Rule 5 Draft-eligible, and all six had been left off the Iowa Reserve List when rosters were filed last Friday. 


  • Cubster 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Also, Justin Steele gets a 4th minor league option in 2022 (must be used in 2022). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Of all the TJS rehab types, a catcher TJS rehab is probably most similar to a pitcher's because of the laser pinpoint rifle throws a catcher needs to make to 2nd base.

    So I would expect Amaya will be able to DH by mid-season (hitting shouldn't be a problem by then), and then (hopefully) be able to throw normally in games (as a catcher) at post-season Instructs and then maybe in the AFL, with 2023 Spring Training being when he should be 100%. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Yes, except a position player only gets a maximum of 20 days on a minor league injury rehab assignment, so the 30 extra days allowed for a position player rehabbing from TJS would mean a maximum of 50 days, whereas it would be a maximum of 60 days for a pitcher (the original 30 days that pitchers get plus the additional 30 days in the form of three 10-day increments). And this also only applies to players on an MLB IL. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    DSJ: Exactly. Even though he was just acquired in a trade, the Cubs still might opt to non-tender Ramirez on 12/2, that is, as long as he goes along with the plan. I doubt that the Cubs would non-tender him if he declines (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract.  


  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    well...that's one hell of a forearm strain.


  • tim815 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Arizona Phil. Would Amaya, as a catcher, be eligible for the TJS exemption?


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    w.franco (rays) extend 11y/185m

    not bad for a guy with 1/10th of a season service time.


  • Wrigley Rat 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Miguel Amaya to have Tommy John surgery. Will likely miss most of next season. (I speculate that he could maybe DH a bit in the second half and throw towards August.)


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    When you add in the arb-eligibility, that's gotta make Ramirez a real contender for Hermosillo's "non-tender poster boy" title