Rockies Cruise Past Cubs As Victorino Bids Aloha to Extended Spring Training

Cole Anderson (RBI single), Wilson Soriano (RBI single), and Antony Brito (two-run single) contributed run-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 8th, Brian Carroll belted a solo HR and a two-run single, Daniel Suero drilled an RBI double and a single, and RHSP Michael Zimmerman tossed five innings of two-run ball, leading the Rockies to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

RHSP Jesus Castillo tossed three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts for the Cubs.  

Castillo is (at this point) battling Erling Moreno, Jose Paulino, and Manny Rondon for one of three open slots in the Eugene rotation (Dylan Cease and Bryan Hudson are virtual locks for the other two slots), and today's outing certainly won't hurt his cause. Now 20, Castillo was one of the two pitchers acquired by the Cubs from the Arizona Diamondbacks for OF Tony Campana in February 2013, and while the other pitcher (RHSP Erick Leal) has advanced steadily (if not spectacularly) through the Cubs system (Leal is presently a starting pitcher at Hi-A Myrtle Beach), Castillo has been stalled in Mesa.

Castillo is what's known in scouting circles as "projectable," meaning he has a long & lean body that should (hopefully) produce greater fastball velocity as he matures and fills out. However, Castillo's fastballl (to this day) sits at 86-87, and hasn't picked up as much as one MPH of velocity in the three years since the trade. But Castillo does have one of the best curve balls in the Cubs system, and when he spots his fastball on the corners and changes eye levels and doesn't walk anybody and uses his curve as a strikeout pitch (as was the case today), he can be effective.

In EXST Cubs roster news, OF Shane Victorino (the "Flyin' Hawaiian") has completed his rehab at Extended Spring Training (finally!) and will be joining the AAA Iowa Cubs in Omaha. Victorino suffered a left calf strain the second week of Spring Training and has been working to get back to full strength ever since. In twelve Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, Victorino played LF (but no CF or RF) and occasionally served as a DH, hitting 371/450/486 with a 13% walk-rate and an 8% K-rate in 40 PA.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (6-3, 5-3, 1B, F-9, CS)
2. D. J. Wilson, CF-DH: 1-4 (K, 2B, K, P-5, R)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, LF: 1-3 (5-3, 5-3, 1B, BB, R, SB)
4. Isaac Paredes, SS: 1-4 (6-3, 4-3, K, 1B, R, RBI)
5. Chris Pieters, 1B: 1-4 (3-U, 3-U, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
6a. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 1-2 (2B, BB, L-9, R, SB)
6b. Andruw Monasterio, 3B: 0-1 (K) 
7. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 1-4 (1B, F-9, 4-3, K)
8. Roberto Caro, DH-CF: 1-4 (1-3, 5-3, K+WP, 1B, RBI)
9. Rafael Narea, 2B: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, BB, K, RBI)
10. Alberto Mineo, DH-C: 0-3 (K, 3-1, K)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Jesus Castillo: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 39 pitches (27 strikes) 
2. Luis Aquino: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (23 strikes) 
3. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R ( 2 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (23 strikes) 
4. Hector Garcia: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HBP,  1 GIDP, 1/2 GO/AO, 26 pitches (13 strikes) 
5. Jared Cheek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (11 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
LF Kevonte Mitchell: E-7 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Jhonny Pereda: 0-2 CS 
2. Alberto Mineo: 1-1 CS 

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Kevonte Mitchell - batter thrown out 7-5 attempting to advance to 3rd on E-7 missed catch (see above)

ATTENDANCE: 10 

WEATHER: Partly cl;oudy & breezy with temperatures in the 70's

Comments

Wow on Victorino. About time Phil. Lol

1-4, double, pulled from the game in the 7th (not for injury/etc, i assume, given iowa has scored 12 runs)

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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 36 min ago (view)

    BTW, if you haven't read my Roster Rules section lately, it has been updated for 2021 

    One of the most significant changes is that minor league affiliates no longer have individual reserve lists.

    It used to be that the AAA reserve list limit was 38 players, AA was 37, and each single-A affiliate and short-season affiliate was 35 for the entire year including the off-season.  

    Now, there are two reserve lists, one called the "Domestic Reserve List," and the other called the "International Reserve List."

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 56 min ago (view)

    I know I posted the Kelley and Polanco releases during Minor League Camp and the Kellogg, Katz, and Krzeminski signings about a  week or two ago, but I probably did not post the Snelten release. 

     

  • videographer 17 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Per Baseball America:  players signed and released over the last two weeks.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    turned into a combined no-hitter.

    miller/nance/wieck/meisinger

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    MRI for marisnick on monday...no d/l yet, but it seems likely

    also heyward has a hand issue and that's why he was removed in the 9th for a pinch hitter.  no word on if that's going to be a thing going forward or just a "sleep it off" thing.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    sad thing is you can't even count on heyward slotting over to CF.  his D is getting subpar, average on a good day, and he can barely handle RF as steady as he used to at this point.

    2y/44m left on that deal...

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    may 9th and hendricks puts in 5 innings (88 pitches) to bring the team lead in SP innings pitched to 34.2ip

    if arrieta didn't get injured (missing his last game) and pitched a hell of a game he wouldn't have hit 40ip+ unless he threw a complete game.

    might not have a single starter going 200ip this year even if they stay healthy.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Dominating three innings for Shelby Miller in his rehab start for AAA Iowa today.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Jake Marisnick has had several DL/IL stints due to hamstring injuries over the years, so this is nothing new.

    I would think Cameron Maybin will probably get the call-up if Marisnick goes on the IL, although adding Maybin to the 40 would require a corresponding 40-man roster deletion (60-day IL or DFA). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    j.marisnick right hamstring strain...may or may not hit the DL.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    PIT has 3 runs on on a walk and a slew of hits with an exit velocity comparable to the arm speed of a 5 year old throwing a dry sponge.

    also, marisnick is injured and done.  he's walking off the field before being checked on.

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    crazy quiet at the park today in the 1st.

    hendricks loading the f'n bases with 0 outs isn't helping.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Shelby Miller on a rehab assignment. Hope he stays there

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    javy got a back ouchie and sitting today (sunday)

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

    it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Piece of gabage.