Cubs Sweep Rockies as Fife Completes Rehab

Kevonte Mitchell doubled, walked twice, and drove-in a run and Erling Moreno and two relievers combined to hurl a four-hit shutout as the Cubs blanked the Rockies 3-0 on Field #4, and Chris Pieters singled, tripled and scored a run, Alex Bautista singled twice, stole a base, scored two runs, and knocked-in another, and Eric Gonzalez smacked a solo home run, leading the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Rockies on Field #5, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Alex Castellanos (ex-LAD) belted a two-run HR for the Rockies in a losing cause on Field #5. 

The game on Field #4 was called by mutual consent after seven innings of play, and the game on Field #5 was called by mutual-consent after six innings of play. 

Speedy waterbug Edgar Rondon laid-down a picture-perfect two-out squeeze-bunt hit to get the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 2nd inning on Field #4, after practicing his bunting in pre-game BP. (I guess that's why they say "practice makes perfect"). 

Cubs outfielders Jose Gonzalez (knee or ankle injury after tripping over 1st base on two-run RBI single on Field #5) and Robert Garcia (hit on foot by pitch on Field #4) left their games with injuries. 

RHSP Stephen Fife (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL with strained oblique since 4/15) made his final EXST rehab start, working four innings (81 pitches - 69% strikes). He was not particularly effective, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits (four singles, a triple, and the Castellanos two-run bomb). He also hit a batter, threw a WP, and struck out six, with a 3/3 GO/AO. His next start will likely be for the I-Cubs next Monday or Tuesday, but don't be surprised if he gets released sooner rather later.    

RHRP Nick Sarianides made his Cubs debut, throwing a 1-2-3 inning (F-8, P-2, K). The 26-year old Sarianides was released by the Diamondbacks earlier this month after struggling to throw strikes at AA Mobile, but he led the Hi-A California League (an extreme hitters league) in both saves and strikeouts last season after being acquired by the D'backs from Tres Rivieres (Cam-Am League) in 2014. He was mentioned by Baseball America prior to last December's Rule 5 Draft as a likely candidate to get selected, although he was not. Sarianides features a 91-92 MPH fastball and a dive-bomb change-up (which is his strikeout pitch). He probably won't be at EXST very long, because he was in "game shape" when the Cubs signed him. He looked very good today.   

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only): 

FIELD #4

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. Robert Garcia, DH #1: 0-1 (P-5, BB, BB, HBP, R)
1b. Ruben Reyes, PR: NO AB
2. Roberto Caro, RF: 1-4 (E-5, F-7, 4-3, 1B, PO)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-2 (2B, BB, 6-3, BB, RBI)
4. Isaac Paredes, SS: 0-4 (4-3, P-3, F-9, 4-6-3 DP) 
5. Kwang-Min Kwon, LF: 0-3 (K, K, 4-3) 
6. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 0-1 (BB, P-4, HBP, R)
7. Vimael Machin, 3B: 0-2 (P-3, F-7, BB)
8. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, R)
9. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 1-2 (1B, HBP, 6-3, RBI)
10. Jhonny Pereda, DH #2: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, K, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Erling Moreno: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/3 GO/AO, 53 pitches (34 strikes) 
2. Daniel Lewis: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 29 pitches (18 strikes) 
3. Tommy Nance: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (9 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1 
CF Kevonte Mitchell: E-8 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach 3rd base safely) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 0-1 CS 

CUBS SQUAD "A" BASERUNNING ADVENTURES
Jhonny Pereda - thrown out 7-2-4 attempting to take 2nd base on RBI single

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FIELD #5 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. D. J. Wilson, CF: 1-3 (1-3, 3B, F-7, R)
2. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (P-4, 1B, 6-3, RBI)
3. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-3 (P-6, 1B, 3B, R)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 1-3 (1B, 5-4-3 DP, K, R)
5. Alex Bautista, RF: 2-3 (1B, P-4, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
6. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 0-2 (P-4, 5-3, BB)
7. Jhonny Bethencourt, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-3, R, RBI)
8. Tyler Payne, C-DH: 0-2 (K, 6-4-3 DP, BB) 
9a. Jose Gonzalez, LF: 1-1 (1B, 2 RBI)
9b. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
10. Eric Gonzalez, DH-C: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS
1. Stephen Fife: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, 3/3 GO/AO, 81 pitches (56 strikes) 
2. Nick Sarianides: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 
3. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (9 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Jhonny Bethencourt: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. CF D. J. Wilson: E-8 (dropped fly ball allowing batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Payne: 0-1 CS 

CUBS SQUAD "B" BASERUNNING ADVENTURES
Jose Gonzalez - thrown out 9-5-3 after over-running 1st base on two-run RBI single (suffered knee or ankle injury)

ATTENDANCE: 18 

WEATHER: Overcast with occasional drizzle and temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

I mentioned this as an issue at the start of the season but the Cubs are 3rd worst at contact on pitches in the zone and it feels like the past few pitchers have thrown a lot more in the zone. It'll be interesting to see if pitchers start trying to take advantage of this more and what the Cubs will do to adjust.

Also holy hell you don't sac bunt with Russell in the 2nd inning, tie game with the catcher and pitcher coming up. Even if it was successful that would have been a stupid play.

Runners at second and third with one out, it was a safety squeeze that went awry. Tuff series so far for Russelll, hopefully gets some payback later

It was a bad call whether he put it down or not. You have to take the chance to get both runs in with someone who has shown an ability to do so with Ross and Lackey coming up. Late game and close, then a safety squeeze might be in order.

Gennett-Villar has to be the most francophonic double-play combination since Theriot-Fontenot.

 

 

the most francophonic ---- Is General Franco dead?

Maikel and Julio would be a fun combo...

francophonic
How do you type words that long with a latte in one hand?!?!

At tomorrow's hitters' meeting: "Will somebody please look for a fucking first-pitch breaking ball? They have thrown it to 80% of our hitters, and nobody is ready for it."

Hitters either don't swing at the first pitch or look for a fastball. If you pop out on a first-pitch breaking ball, you're not doing your job. It's generally a freebie for a pitcher if he can get a strike called. Just the way it is.

Game on line my guy Addy up

and he delivers an rbi

bottom 12th. Wood replaces Rondon after a LaStella Error and a walk. Wood walks the bases loaded. No outs. Maddon brings in KB from LF, 5 INF, 2 OF. Short F8, runner doesn't try to score, 1 out P6 Madden sends KB back to LF Wood works a 3-2 count. ...but gets Maldonado on a P3. Len: "He (Maddon) just sawed a lady in half." It's Magic.

that game was turrible and awesome. scrubs win. also, someone needs to have an intervention with maddon about the #2 slot and the existence of a guy on his team named 'zobrist' who works the 6-slot. ...at least vs lefties...c'mon.

Every year of his career he's been like a blackjack dealer shuffling his lineup. This year there is legitimate tinkering that can be justified and he's been Piniella-esque.

crunch, is your degree in numerology?

Zobrist batted fifth last night and has batted sixth twice in 35 games.

Cubs jump to 1-1 on days after Trans recap. Only thing of note about game.

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  • crunch 3 hours 16 min ago (view)

    cole hamels continues to suck.

    3.1, 4.1, 3.1 innings his last 3 starts.  he hasn't been the same since coming back after his july injury rest.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 13 min ago (view)

    so far so good...

    go schwarb

    it's kinda frightening that schwarb in LF is a better option than schwarb playing 1st with rizzo out.  i wonder how bad it really is...

     

  • crunch 7 hours 54 sec ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini (1st) / heyward / hoe / ham

     

  • crunch 7 hours 3 min ago (view)

    rizzo to wear a boot for 5-7 days then they'll see where it goes from there.

     

  • Charlie 7 hours 56 min ago (view)

    It makes sense, for sure. I'm more concerned about the Brewers than the Nats, though. The optimal outcome would be Cubs sweep, Nats sweep, Brewers get swept. Can't pass the Nats that way, but can take the division lead and put the Brewers further back.

    Odds on that (using Fangraphs #s):

    Cubs sweep: 24.6%

    Cubs sweep and Cards get swept: 4.9%

    Cubs sweep, Cards get swept, Brewers get swept: 0.29%

    I can dream.

     

  • bradsbeard 9 hours 48 min ago (view)

    I just want whatever will maximize the odds of the playoffs. The Cubs have the opportunity to take care of the Cards themselves. Ideally there is still a wild card slot for them if they can’t. 

     

  • Charlie 10 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Absolutely agree. Winning the division is both much better for playoff progression chances *and* far more satisfying than coming in second to the Cards. I root for whatever gets them closest to that at this point.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Gotta root against StL. I don’t want a wild card appearance. I don’t like our chances at home vs Scherzer, Strasburg, or Corbin a whole lot more than I do in Washington.

     

  • bradsbeard 11 hours 16 min ago (view)

    I’d almost feel better if the Cards took 2 of 3 from the Nats. If the Cubs sweep, they'd be just 1 game back of the Cards and a half game up on the Nats.  

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Even worse for StL. 7 vs Cubs, 3 vs Nationals

    The fate of Cubs and Cardinals season is going to come down to 7 games against one another. Cubs gotta win 5 if they want to win division I think. Good thing 4 of 7 are at Wrigley.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 5 min ago (view)

    13 games left for CHC...7 vs STL

    13 games left for MIL...all vs teams under .500 (SD, PIT, CIN, COL)

    buckle up...it's gonna be a "fun" couple of weeks.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 28 min ago (view)

    The way MIL is playing makes me... uneasy. Too bad we didn’t bury them. Especially because they won’t play anyone with a winning record from here on out.

    That said, much as I LOATHE the team and fans at Wrigley North, I’d still rather see them take the division than the shitbirds.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    bote really needs to overcome his weird habbit of trying to duck under high/inside pitches rather than leaning out of them.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    47 cubs runs in this 3 game series...14 HRs.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    STL up by 1...MIL with 2 outs, bases loaded, top 9th.

    r.braun grand slam.  MIL leads by 3.

    barring some crazy comebacks, STL's lead should shrink to 2 games.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    sprained right ankle for rizzo...xray showed no break...MRI tomorrow