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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  • crunch 1 hour 11 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 1 hour 48 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 1 hour 56 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 2 hours 18 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 2 hours 24 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 3 hours 51 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 8 hours 27 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 17 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 18 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 20 hours 57 min ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 21 hours 12 sec ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 21 hours 1 min ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 22 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.


  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    deleted that link.  it was a republished-to-feed article, not a new one, so it's not very useful.