Cubs Shoot Blanks at Talking Stick

Four Rockies pitchers combined to toss a six-hit shutout, as the Cubs were blanked 3-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.

Here is the box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Trey Martin, CF: 0-4 (K, P-5, F-7, 1-3)
2a. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF-DH: 1-3 (3-U, 1B, P-5)
2b. Brian Inoa, PH: 0-0 (BB)
3. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (K, 5-3, F-7, 1B)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, F-7, F-8)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B-DH: 2-4 (1B, 1B, 3-U, F-9)
6a. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, L-4 DP, K)
6b. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 0-1 (F-8)
7. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (K, F-8, K)
8. Carlos Penalver, 2B: 0-2 (E-1, BB, P-4)
9. Danny Lockhart, DH-3B: 0-3 (P-3, 4-6 FC, P-6)
10a. Justin Marra, C: 0-2 (F-9, 3-6 FC)
10b. Neftali Rosario, C: 1-1 (3B)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Ian Dickson: 4.0 IP, 4 H. 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 GIDP, 60 pitches (42 strikes), 5/3 GO/FO
2. David Henrie: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 19 pitches (16 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Willengton Cruz: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
4. Roderik Pichardo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 11 pitches (8 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Rock Shoulders - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Marco Hernandez - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

ATTENDANCE: 7

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's

Comments

Carrie Muskat‏@CarrieMuskat RHP Michael Bowden has cleared waivers & will report to ‪#Cubs‬ Triple-A Iowa.

MLB Network is trying so hard to make this draft a "thing" worth watching. the pieces on the kids are nice...there's studio banter...there's "team war rooms" cameras...there's the MLB draft stage @ the network's studios...there's live cameras in upcoming draftee's homes. they had HOF'rs ringing the bell to open NADSAQ this morning's stock exchange with a Draft 2012 banner behind them... meh. well, the pieces on the players are pretty cool.

A.ALMORA'S MOM....DAT WIG. holy crap. i bet john waters would pay so much money for that.

judging by the pace of this the cubs should make their pick in about 2 and 1/2 hours. also, j.mayo turtlewax'd his skull.

“It’s the last straw. If he wants to play, he better start getting his head in the game. Period.” - sveuaemeuveum on castro day-yam.

that's cute. good luck with that sveum.

Would they have turned the double play? I'm not saying Castro shouldn't pay attention...to me it looked like they couldn't have turned 2 anyway.

probably not, but that wasn't a skill call...that was a mental screwup.

it looked bad regardless and cost them the tying run, it was certainly worth making the throw on. It was undoubtedly a major mental fuck-up, but I don't know what Sveum thinks he's accomplishing.

Agreed on both counts

my attempt at humor on twitter on the Sveum quote: Can someone bench Sveum next time he bats Mather 3rd or starts Baker instead of LaHair? #headinthegame

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 6 min ago (view)

    20s sounds about right. Considering they have gotten pretty much nothing out of pitching development in the last decade and only number one picks and Bote on the hitter side in the same time frame, that's pretty telling. I guess Contreras falls into that too but he had been around quite a while before Theo and Jed

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 8 min ago (view)

    I was thinking that too, Phil. EJM failing so badly was another spectacular miss. Guess they should have let sleeping dogs lie when his first deal fell through (Dodgers or Giants, I think?)

     

  • tim815 6 hours 59 sec ago (view)

    MLB.com rated the Cubs 22 out of 30.

    This season figures to tell quite a bit. No teams are terrible at player development anymore, and no teams look at the draft as a hopeless puzzle.

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 9 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Are these guys out of the org now? 

     

  • K Dub 13 hours 52 min ago (view)

    PHIL: Any velo readings on Ramos? Earlier reports also had him sitting 98-99. Thanks!

     

  • George Altman 19 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Phil, serious question: How good is the Cubs Player Development Department? Scale of 1 to 30 with 1 being best.  I mean, I can think of 5 teams right now who don't have near the Cubs resources but do better year after.

    I mean there are organizations across sports who seem to coach the crap out of their draft picks and signees. They just got 4 teenagers for Darvish, but do they have the coaches to get any of them to the show? 

    My pessimistic grade would be about 24.

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 7 min ago (view)

    DJL: How about Eddy Julio Martinez as a spectacular miss? A $3M signing bonus out of Cuba and he never made it out of AA. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 13 min ago (view)

    Wow, that's a pretty spectacular miss. He was so highly thought of when he signed.

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    TIM: Richard Gallardo doesn't seem to be progressing as a SP, so he has apparently been moved to the bullpen.  He has a tendency to labor through innings and nibble too much and throw a lot of pitches. 

     

  • tim815 20 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Anything on Gallardo, of interest, from today?

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 1 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Ryan Kellogg, RHP Alex Moore, 3B Fidel Mejia, OF Jose Gutierrez, OF Eddy Julio Martinez, and OF Zac Taylor from Minor League Camp. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 7 min ago (view)

    And despite what you might read elsewhere, It was - NOT - a "hot" gun.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 33 min ago (view)

    He certainly could have forced the Cubs to release him with full salary as termination pay, so he must like it with the Cubs.  

     

  • Charlie 23 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Follow-up on last week's discussion of Baez's contact and plate discipline woes. Another Fangraphs article notes that he is among league leaders in combined positive change in zone swing rates (swinging at more pitches inside the strike zone) and reduction in chase rate (swinging at pitches outside the zone). See the last table: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/lets-look-at-some-earl...

    This makes his 45% strikeout rate and 1.7% BB rate all the more strange.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    he may not be worth much to us as fans, but every indication points to him being quite popular in the dugout.  nice to see him stick around as an emergency callup catcher.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Tony Wolters clears waivers and is sent to the Alternate Training site in South Bend.