Cubs & Rockies Split the Difference at Talking Stick

Jairo Rosario reached base four times (single, double, walk, and an HBP) and scored a run and RHSP Javier Palacios tossed four innings of shutout ball, leading the Rockies to a 7-2 victory over the Cubs on Dust Storm Field, and Roberto Caro belted a two-run triple and Andruw Monasterio followed with an RBI single to highlight a three-run third to help the Cubs take an early 3-0 lead, but then they had to hold-on to edge the Rockies 5-4 on Red Mountain Field, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.   

Eloy Jimenez drilled an RBI double and a single for the Cubs in a losing cause on Dust Storm Field. 

Chris Denorfia (on Cubs MLB 15-day DL - strained hamstring) continued his EXST rehab, serving as a DH for the Cubs squad on Red Mountain Field. He batted four times (once in each of the first four innings), and went 1-4 (5-3 GO his firsr time up, a strikeout looking in his second AB. a fly out to left his third time up, and a line-drive single to left in his fourth and final Plate Apparance). Denorfia appeared to be running better today than he did yesterday, but he clearly still isn't 100%.  

In EXST roster news, OF Kevin Encarnacion has been moved up to South Bend. Encarnacion was hitting 258/329/403 in 21 Cactus League EXST games (70 PA), with one HR and three triples, twelve RBI and nine runs scored, 7/10 BB/K, and one SB (no CS).  

Encarnnacion was signed by the Cubs out of Venezuela as an 18-year old in 2010, and has hit 291/402/428 in 797 career minor league games.

He was involved in a near-fatal car crash in the Dominican Republic post-2013 while attending an off-season mini-camp at the Cubs Dominican Academy. He was a passenger in the vehicle, and was pulled-out just seconds before the vehicle exploded.

Encarnacion suffered third-degree burns on his right side (he now wears a pressure-sleeve on his right arm) and shoulder damage as well, and the Cubs had him flown from the Dominican Republic to Phoenix immediately after the accident to be treated at the Burn Unit at Maricopa County Medical Center. After several surgeries and post-surgery rehabilitation that cost him the 2014 season, Encarnacion finally returned to the field at AZ Instructs post-2014.

The 23-year old Encarnacion was forced to give up switch-hitting as the result of the injuries sustained in the crash (he now only bats left-handed), and he was left behind at Extended Spring Training this year to continue working on hitting left-handed against LHP (not an easy task when you've never done it before) and to get regular playing time. 

Here are the abriged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only): 

DUST STORM FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-4 (1B, F-7, F-8, 6-3) 
2. Ho-Young Son, SS: 1-2 (HBP, P-3, F-9 SF, 1B, RBI)
3. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 2-4 (4-6-3 DP, P-4, 2B, 1B, RBI)
4. Joey Martarano, 1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, P-6)
5. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-7)
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 1-3 (F-8, 1-3, 3B)
7. Jose Paniagua, DH: 0-3 (K, 5-3, K)
9. Adonis Paula, 3B: 1-3 (P-3, 1B, 6-3, R)
10. Erick Castillo, C: 1-3 (K, 1B, 3-1, R) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Carson Sands: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 1 BALK, 1/5 GO/FO, 76 pitches (46 strikes) 
2. Daniel Bard: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HBP, 0/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (8 strikes) 
3. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 0/5 GO/FO, 35 pitches (26 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1
2B Frandy de la Rosa: E-4 (two base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base)

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE::  
Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS 

RED MOUNTAIN FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
X.  Chris Denorfia, DH #1: 1-4 (5-3, K, F-7, 1B, R)
NOTE: Denorfia led-off the top of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings 
1. Andruw Monasterio, SS: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, 6-3, RBI)
2. Danny Gutierrez, LF: 0-2 (6-3, F-8, HBP, SB)
3. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 1-2 (2B, 6-3 DP) 
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED THIRD TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
4a. Jhonny Pereda, C: 0-1 (4-3, BB, R)
4b. Yohan Matos, C: 0-1 (6-3)
5. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (K, K, 3-1)
6. Jenner Emeterio, DH #2: 1-2 (K, 1B, BB, R, SB)
7. Carlos Jimenez, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, 5-4 FC, 1B, RBI, SB, CS)
8. Varonex Cuevas, 2-3 (2B, F-7, 1B, R)
9. Roberto Caro, RF: 1-3 (3B, 1-3, K, R, 2 RBI)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Jesus Camargo: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 0/5 GO/FO, 63 pitches (32 strikes)
2. Dillon Maples: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 3/0 GO/FO,  22 pitches (13 strikes) 
3. Scott Frazier: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 3 WP, 0/1 GO/FO, 34 pitches (19 strikes) 
4. Jae-Hoon Ha: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 5 pitches (3 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jhonny Pereda; 1-2 CS 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

ATTENDANCE: 6 

Comments

AZ PHIL- Since you're good with MLB rules - Earlier this year the Cubs traded Mike Kickham to SEA for Lars Huijer, who promptly decided to retire despite being 22, so do the Cubs get any kind of compensation or something else from SEA? A couple years ago the Cubs acquired Jacob Brigham in the Soto deal. After reviewing his medical records he was considered unhealthy, so the Rangers instead took Brigham back and gave the Cubs Barrett Loux after the season ended. What's the deal in the Kickham trade?

CUBBIES4EVER: The Cubs probably got cash (likely the $20,000 they would have received if Seattle had claimed Kickham off waivers) from the Mariners after Huijer retired. Or the compensation could have been tied to the Tony Zych deal, where the Cubs sold the contract of Zych to Seattle at the end of Spring Training in return for an undisclosed amount of cash, when the Cubs had already decided to release Zych anyway.  

You can't make 3 errors against Max and expect to win.

Scoring zero runs doesn't help, either.

PIT creeping in the nl central...1 game back of the cubs.

Cards Matt Adams out 3-4 months with Quadriceps tear. Post-Dispatch writer tweets that he will undergo surgery on Friday to repair this. MLBTR already speculating on how StL will deal with this ranging from Ryan Howard or Justin Morneau to Travis Ishikawa. Hmmmm. Quad tendon ruptures always get repaired but the trend to repair muscle (alone) injuries is somewhat more recent. Just like tendon and ligament injuries there is a 1-3 grading system. Grade 1 is injury without disruption. Grade 2 is injury with some stretch. Grade 3 is injury with complete disruption. I'm sure it's a grade 3 tear of muscle if he's having surgery on this. Repairing muscle is sort of like trying to sew two jello desserts together (muscle doesn't hold sutures well). If there is a big defect though it can be brought together with sutures. The trick is to not let the muscle atrophy and yet keep the repair intact. That's why it's a long recovery. It's hard for me to know what is going on without seeing the MRI though. I know when Alfonso Soriano tore his quad, he never regained his base running/stealing skills. That, of course, is not an issue with Adams. https://twitter.com/dgoold/status/60377369323...

Will he be able to stand in Golden Corral buffet line without pain?

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  • Charlie 3 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Honestly, Urias guessed wrong on that one. But he stilled managed to make contact despite being way out in front, so that breaker must have rolled.

     

  • Charlie 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    KB having a perfectly adequate KB stretch and it's a highlight. Sigh.

    Chafin may be reconsidering that jalopie after being the man on the mound when the wheels fell off in this one.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 4 min ago (view)

    i know we're only 10 games in and you can't get good numbers on that, but this is a full-team hitting slump aside from marisnick and his 12 PA.

    no one on this team is this bad, but all of them doing it at once is crazy.  bad ABs, tons of swings and misses, crap contact...

    upon reflection (and another hit in the 9th) i need to give props to k.bryant...he's a 1-man show right now for the regulars.

     

  • Eric S 4 hours 52 min ago (view)

    I can pause it for pinch hitting - otherwise I'm locked in as there's nothing else to see here

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Me too, Eric Sogard

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Well, Chafin ... not your night I guess ... looks like its time to catch up on the latest installment of Falcon and the Winter Soldier

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 5 min ago (view)

    It's kinda starting to feel like this team sucks? But yes this game definitely sucks.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 9 min ago (view)

    justin steele warming...seems like his debut is on tap.

    also, this game sucks.

     

  • Eric S 5 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Luis Urias is not impressed 😩

     

  • crunch 7 hours 47 min ago (view)

    steele, wieck, and strop called up.

    btw, strop is a "replacement player" in this move and isn't subject to 40-man roster waiver rules

     

  • crunch 8 hours 14 min ago (view)

    cubs covid...chris young tested positive.  j.adam, d.winkler, and b.workman are now on the "injured list"

     

  • Charlie 8 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Sorry that I couldn't access things for opening day and then got busy for the next couple series. Glad to have a baseball routine to share with you all again!

     

  • Sonicwind75 9 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Guessing I'm a little late to the game on this; but just read Chafin's twitter about wanting to buy a cheap car to drive around Chicago. He seems like a good dude. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    RHSP Duncan Robinson (June 2019 TJS) has retired. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Rex Brothers and Tony Wolters reached five years of MLB Service Time this weekend, so Brothers now cannot be sent outright to the minors without his consent (he is out of minor league options) and Wolters (who has a minor league option left) now cannot be optioned or outrighted to the minors without his consent. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    It's not good to play bad teams early because they have the confidence and energy they won't have later in the season after they realize they suck and all is lost.