D. J. Spins the Tunes at Salt River Fields

D. J. LeMahieu (on Rockies 10-day DL - right hamstring strain) singled twice and drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly, Daniel Jipping doubled and scored and collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly, and SP Jeffri Ocando hurled three innings of perfect baseball, leading the Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

The game was called with one out in the bottom of the 8th. 

RHP Jose Albertos walked five and threw five wild pitches in 2.1 IP (56 pitches - only 25 strikes) for the Cubs. 

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

1. Luis Verdugo, SS: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, 6-3, 5-3)
2a. Josue Huma, 3B:  0-1 (F-9, BB)
2b. Orian Nunez, 3B: 1-2 (P-3, 2B, R)
3a. Henderson Perez, C: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. Ramsey Romano, 1B: 1-2 (P-6, 1B, RBI)
4. Christopher Morel, DH #1: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, K)
5. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 0-3 (1-3, K, K)
6. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K, BB)
7. Gustavo Polanco, 1B-C: 0-3 (6-3, K, 5-4 FC)
8. Chris Carrier, RF: 1-2 (6-3, BB, 1B)
9. Rafael Mejia, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, FC, 4-3)
10. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, 1-3)

1. Faustino Carrera: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 0/8 GO/AO, 39 pitches (31 strikes) 
2. Sean Barry: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 11 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Jose Albertos: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 2 K, 4/1 GO/AO, 5 WP, 56 pitches (25 strikes) 



WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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


"RHP Jose Albertos walked five and threw five wild pitches in 2.1 IP (56 pitches - only 25 strikes) for the Cubs."

gawd...i dunno what to even think at this point.  he's never been a guy who has total command/control of his stuff, but this season has been especially epic bad.

CRUNCH: Jose Albertos threw a half-dozen fastballs over the heads of the batter, catcher, and umpire off the back screen, and another half-dozen pitches were spiked in front of home plate. I don't see how he can go to Eugene at this point.

BTW, you may remember some of my previous reports, where Albertos was displaying these same tendencies in games in Minor League Camp more than two months ago. And last year he was regularly spiking pitches in front of home plate at the end of Extended Spring Training, before getting squared-away when he got to Eugene.

So this problem did not just suddenly emerge when he got to South Bend, and he has been able to overcome it once before (this time last year).

Hey Phil,


How’d Faustino Carrera look?


KKvG: In each of his last two starts, Faustino Carrera threw so few pitches-per-inning that he was sent out to the bullpen to throw an additional 15 pitches after he left the game. He could have easily thrown five innings yesterday, maybe even six.

Carrera works fast and has outstanding command of all three of his pitches. His FB has arm-side tailing action, he can drop his CV in for a strike anytime he want to do that, and his CH is a plus pitch. The only problem might be that while he does get swings & misses with both his FB and CH, he doesn't really have a true "chase pitch."

That’s pretty encouraging. I’m expecting him to chug along as he has - throwing strikes, logging innings, and keeping the ball in the park this summer for Eugene. It would be really encouraging to hear about an occasional 92 or even 93 this year

RHRP David Garner's 50-day Drug of Abuse suspension ended yesterday and so he is eligible to be reinstated from the Restricted List and could be assigned to Iowa (or any other Cubs affiliate) immediately. 

Garner is in game shape because he has been pitching regularly in Cactus League EXST games. 

It wasn't a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game, but the Cubs did play a three-inning EXST intrasquad game after the Thursday morning Camp Day workout. 

Here is the box score from the game: 

1. Tolly Filotei, LF: 1-2 (6-3, 2B, R)
2. Kwangmin Kwon, DH: 1-2 (5-3, 1B)
3. Luis Ubiera, RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
4. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, SB)
5. Ramsey Romano, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, L-7)
6. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-2 (2B, L-8, R)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 0-1 (3-U, BB)
8. Franklin Tineo, 1B: 0-1 (BB, P-5, R)
9. Raymond Pena, C: 1-2 (HR, 5-3, R, 3 RBI)

1. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-2 (3-U, F-8)
2. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB, CS)
3. Jose Alonso Gaitan, RF: 0-1 (6-3)
4. Kevin Moreno, DH: 0-1 (F-7)
5. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-1 (5-3)
6. Fidel Mejia, 2B: 0-1 (5-3)
7. Delvin Zinn, SS: 0-0 (BB, SB)
8. Cam Balego, 3B: 0-1 (F-8)
9. Eric Gonzalez, C: 0-1 (K) 

1. Eugenio Palma: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 14 pitches (7 strikes)
2. Luis Silva: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Casey Ryan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)

1. Yovanny Cruz: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 5/4 GO/AO, 60 pitches (32 strikes) 



Raymond Pena: 1-3 CS 

Eric Gonzalez: 0-2 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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

Since it's Friday, the DSL resumes on Saturday. I'm guessing the camp looks a bit vacant.

Cubs sign Ryan Webb.

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  • Charlie 3 hours 11 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 12 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 11 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 59 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 5 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Me too, Eric Sogard


  • Eric S 5 hours 9 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 13 min ago (view)

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


  • crunch 5 hours 16 min ago (view)

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

    also, this game sucks.


  • Eric S 5 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Luis Urias is not impressed 😩


  • crunch 7 hours 54 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 21 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 46 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 17 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 2 hours 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 3 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.