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.