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): 

CUBS LINEUP
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) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIFTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 
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) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIFTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER 
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)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
7. Roney Alcala, 1B: 2-3 (4-3, 1B, 2B, R, RBI)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
8. Jenner Emeterio, RF-DH: 2-3 (1-3, 1B, 1B, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
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)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

CUBS PITCHERS:
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) 

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

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Tyler Pearson: 1-2 CS
2. Eric Gonzalez: 0-1 CS

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's  

ATTENDANCE: 9 

Comments

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

#60manroster

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

http://albanyhdtv.homestead.com/files/espn2hd...

https://i1.creativecow.net/u/104598/blurfill.jpg

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... 

PITCHING LINES: 
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)