Nic, Bug, and Mac Are a Rockie Concoction for Cubs at Riverview
Nic Motley doubled twice, walked, and collected two RBI, Tyler Bugner singled twice, stole two bases, and scored twice, and RHSP Pearson McMahan hurled five innings of two-hit/one-run ball (retiring the first nine men and the last six men he faced), helping the Rockies edge the Cubs 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Luis Hidalgo smacked a three-run HR, Luis Vazquez drilled a single and an RBI double and scored a run, Reivaj Garcia singled, doubled, and scored a run, and Yovanny Cuevas belted an RBI triple and drove-in another run with an RBI GO for the Cubs in a losing cause.
The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair, but was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Rockies pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work.
Prior to the game, LHSP Justin Steele (July 2017 TJS) threw "live" BP (two innings - 35 pitches) on Field #4 and it went very well (FB velo good and flashed a plus-CH). Next step is three innings (45 pitches), and then he will begin to throw a breaking ball.
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHSP Erick Leal (missed 2017 season with a non-TJS elbow injury) has completed his rehab and has rejoined Myrtle Beach, replacing RHRP Elvis Diaz on the Pelicans roster (E. Diaz was released). In addition, RHP Kyle Miller (Cubs 2015 19th round draft pick - Florida Atlantic) has been released from Extended Spring Training. (K. Miller had a lot of difficulty throwing strikes at Minor League Camp and was left behind in Mesa to work on his mechanics when Myrtle Beach departed Arizona at the end of March, but he was unable to overcome the problem).
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 2-4 (F-7, 1B, 1-3, 2B, R)
2. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-4 (P-6, 2B, 1B, K, R, RBI)
3. Yovanny Cuevas, CF: 1-4 (F-7, 6-3, 3B, F-8, 2 RBI)
4. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 0-4 (K, P-5, K, 3-1)
5. Carlos Pacheco, DH #1: 0-4 (K, F-7, P-4, F-8)
6a. Kevin Zamudio, C: 0-3 (P-4, K, K)
6b. Raymond Pena, C: 0-1 (5-3)
7. Cam Balego, 3B: 1-3 (6-3, F-9, 1B, R)
8. Fidel Mejia, DH #2: 1-3 (F-9, K, 1B, R)
9. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, F-8, HR, R, 3 RBI)
10. Kevin Moreno, LF: 1-2 (BB, K, 1B, R)
1. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
2. Garrett Kelly: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
3. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Peyton Remy: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes)
5. Yan de la Cruz: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 24 pitches (20 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. CF Yovanny Cuevas: E-8 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach 2nd base safely)
2. SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. C Kevin Zamudio: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Kevin Zamudio: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Raymond Pena: 0-1 CS, 1 PB
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
LF Kevin Moreno - batter thrown out 7-6-5 (relay by SS Luis Vazquez) attempting to stretch double into triple
Kevin Moreno - thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double into LF corner
Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
crunch 3 hours 5 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 2 min ago (view)
so far so good...
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 6 hours 50 min ago (view)
zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini (1st) / heyward / hoe / ham
crunch 6 hours 52 min ago (view)
rizzo to wear a boot for 5-7 days then they'll see where it goes from there.
Charlie 7 hours 45 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 37 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 9 hours 53 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 18 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 5 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 41 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 14 hours 54 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 17 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 6 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 6 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