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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  • Jackstraw 34 min 32 sec ago (view)

    Wisdom been in short supply in 2020.  Glad we got some.


  • crunch 44 min 14 sec ago (view)

    we all have...for a few weeks...

    it kinda sucks.  shame he may end his career speed bump with the cubs not even getting a hit.  if you're a no-fielding hitter, you kinda need to get the hitting part down, though.  speaking of...check out what vogelbomb is doing in MIL after getting cut loose by SEA.


  • Cubster 50 min 23 sec ago (view)

    Dang, was hoping for a Jose Martinez hit.


  • Cubster 50 min 59 sec ago (view)

    THe Chicago Cubs announced that they have selected the contract of infielder Patrick Wisdom and veteran Jose Martinez has been optioned. 

    Wisdom will be be available tonight and wear No. 59.

    The 29-year-old has a .224 average with four homers and 11 RBIs during his MLB career.

    The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Wisdom in the first round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Saint Mary's College.

    To make room on the roster, Manny Rodriguez has been recalled from Double AA and placed on the 45-day IL.


  • crunch 1 hour 37 min ago (view)

    there's been some heat surrounding b.marquez being added to the playoff pool, if not getting a callup in this last week (not gonna happen at this point, i imagine).

    he's gonna shoot up prospect lists this off-season, he should be on top of everyone's Cubs team prospect lists right now.


  • Cubster 9 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Bluejays locked up a playoff spot. Looks like it's the Astros that are out. They are unlikely to get a "Buffalo" home game if they are the last seed.


    Tribune Cub Notes (Friday AM):

    Revenue drop leads to layoffs

    By Mark Gonzales

    The Cubs on Thursday laid off about 60 members of their business department because of declining revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a source told the Tribune.


  • crunch 1 day 31 min ago (view)

    the scary part of this team-wide slump, and especially this series, is PIT is basically a AAA level talent team that had 15 wins all season coming into the cubs series.

    cubs are limping into the post-season.  heyward is pretty much the only consistent hitter.  well, technically jose martinez has been consistent, too.


  • blockhead25 1 day 48 min ago (view)

    Hey, anything could happen.  They could win 4 2-1 games in a series.

    Or lose 8-0, 6-0 in the first round and be done.


  • Charlie 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    3 days left to get psyched for the post season?


  • blockhead25 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    This is an impressive level of offensive offense.  This week feels like the final week of 2018 when we also had a lousy 4 game series with the Pirates, just without one of the other teams winning the final 8 games to catch us. 


  • QuietMan 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    So whatever happened to the don't pitch Mills the day after Hendricks plan?


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / schwarber / maybin(CF) / kipnis / baez / caratini / bote


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    I agree with all of this. I think KB is traded for a SP. I guess here is my guess at the pitchers:



    Trade Acquisition 

    Cheap FA

    Mills/ Alzolay 

    Bullpen: Mills/ Alzolay, Underwood, Adam, Tepera, Wick, Kimbrel, Ryan, Wieck (Alzolay if he loses the 5th spot battle with Mills is still starter number 6, and likely being groomed to join the rotation either later in the year or 2022)


  • Charlie 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Frazier beat him on an inside corner two-seamer (albeit belt high), but the Hayes homer came on an 0-2 meatball. Not very professorial.


  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    hendricks starts the game giving up back to back homers.  wtf...


  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber(DH) / maybin(LF) / heyward / baez / kipnis / bote