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): 

CUBS LINEUP:
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)

CUBS PITCHERS
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 

CUBS BASERUNNING
Kevin Moreno -  thrown out 7-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on double into LF corner

ATTENDANCE: 8 

WEATHER
Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's

Arizona 
Scoring 
Service 

"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

Good night for Cubs 2017 first round pitchers. Lange goes six innings for Myrtle Beach, gives up 6 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 10 Ks -- his most dominant start this season. Brendon Little goes seven innings for South Bend, gives up 3 hits, 0 runs, 5 Ks. Best yet: no walks, no wild pitches and no batters hit - very encouraging. 

So, while the Cubs struggle to get a single hit against a mediocre pitcher, and waste a very solid Lester start, at least something went right for the organization tonight.  

d.underwood adding his name to the "good night" crew, himself. 6ip 4h 2bb 6k, 1r/er underwood and lange could start making more of a name for themselves if they can keep it up. lange has a much higher ceiling...underwood could be better if his command and repeatability didn't leave so much stuff hanging around hitable.

welly castillo (CWS) busted for non-roid PEDs...80 days off.

yeah, i said welly.  i'll say it again, too.  *flex*

For weed?

they dont test for that in the majors (and need to stop testing for it in the minors)... it was erythropoietin (EPO). it was very popular in the cycling world. "The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made. I take full responsibility for my conduct."

Thanks. So Lance Armstrong approves?

he denies, but also approves.

What does EPO do for a catcher? It raises red blood cells and hemoglobin, but a catcher’s endurance is more a matter of tolerating awkward positions. Is Welly just trying anything?

dunno, but from an internet article on a bodybuilding site from earlier this year... "Increasing the amount of red blood cells increases the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood to deliver more oxygen to exercising muscles. The extra oxygen significantly increases the muscles' energy production and can therefore help to improve athletic performance output ability; higher intensity and longer duration. These benefits have led to the widespread use of synthetic rhEPO drug doping." https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/blood_buildi...

"The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made. I take full responsibility for my conduct."

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First time I can recollect a player being busted and being upfront about it this clearly and concisely.  Nothing about sample couriers or Dominican doctors.  Bad job Welly on using PEDs.  Good job on taking responsibility.