Alzolay Goes Four as Cubs & Rockies Draw in Extras
Brandon Vicens singled in the 3rd, walked and scored on a Rafael Mejia RBI double in the 7th, and drilled a game-tying two-run double in the 8th, Fabian Pertuz singled twice and scored a run, and Marcus Mastrobuoni belted a solo HR, walked twice, scored two runs, and threw out two baserunners attempting to steal and back-picked another one off 1st base for the Cubs, and Eddy Diaz singled and tripled and SP Anderson Amarista hurled four innings of shutout ball for the Rockies, as the two teams played to a ten-inning 5-5 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.
Adbert Alzolay (on AAA Iowa 7-day IL - lat strain) got the start for the Cubs and worked four innings (59 pitches). He allowed three runs on five hits (four singles and a Shael Mendoza solo HR), issued one walk, uncorked a WP, and committed two balks. He also struck out eight (six swinging).
Alzolay grew stronger as he worked deeper into the game. After allowing five of the first eight men he faced to reach base, he dialed it up a notch and retired eight of the last nine (seven by strikeout).
Cubs pitchers struck out 17 Rockies during the course of the game, and Chi-Feng Lee pitched an "immaculate" top of the 10th (he struck out the side on nine pitches).
The Cubs played only one Cactus League EXST game today, so the squad that took on the Rockies consisted of elements of both the "A" team and the "B" team.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Rochest Cruz, 2B: 1-5 (K, 1B, 4-3, 1-3, L-3)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, P-6, K, 5-3)
2b. Kevin Moreno, PH: 0-0 (BB)
3a. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-3 (L-6, 5-3, BB, 4-3)
3b. Richard Nunez, PH: 1-1 (1B, PO)
4. Marcus Mastrobuoni, C: 1-2 (4-3, HR, BB, BB, 2 R, RBI)
5. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-3 (K, 6-3, K, BB, R)
6. Fabian Pertuz, SS: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, P-6, 1B, R)
7. Brandon Vicens, RF: 2-3 (1B, 5-3, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (F-7, 2B, 5-3, P-6, RBI)
9. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-4 (F-7, E-4, 2B, F-9, RBI, SB)
10. Widimer Joaquin, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, K, K)
1. Adbert Alzolay: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 2 BALK, 2/1 GO/AO, 59 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Junichi Tazawa: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (23 strikes)
4. Joel Machado: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (13 strikes)
6. Chi-Feng Lee: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 9 pitches (9 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (overthrow on attempted back-pick at 3B after 5-3 GO allowed runner to score)
2. 2B Rochest Cruz: E-4 (missed catch on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2-5 CS, 1 PO
Kevin Moreno - thrown out 9-6 attempting to score from 2nd base on single to RF
WEATHER: Partly cloudy & a bit breezy after morning rain with temperatures in the 70's
"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen"
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 4 min ago (view)
Down three in WC with 6 to play, if the answer isn’t “everyone” you’re doing it wrong.
Hagsag 4 hours 45 min ago (view)
Do you know who was available to pitch in relief?
crunch 5 hours 34 min ago (view)
cubs lose their 6th in a row, 5 in a row by 1 run.
MIL won and has a 4 game lead for the 2nd WC slot.
xrays negative on bryant's ankle.
Charlie 5 hours 41 min ago (view)
I liked the idea if not the result.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 52 min ago (view)
Another Joe Maddon baffling decision. I wonder if Wittenmyer will say it was Theos fault.
Edit: to stem the tide, he goes with Pedro Strop. Gotta give Pedro the chance to work his way back into postseason favor!
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 55 min ago (view)
Even if we allow Hendricks to be called the ace, Lester is a 4. The others are 5s. That’s not a rotation that leads anyone to the postseason.
crunch 5 hours 58 min ago (view)
...and the cardinals have the lead.
crunch 6 hours 3 min ago (view)
why is darvish still pitching...
crunch 6 hours 5 min ago (view)
you'd assume they have to bring in an ace of some sorts because none of those 6 are any better than a 2-3 slot rotation type as we know them now.
well, to be fair hendricks is an ace on paper, but even if he keeps doing what he's doing for another decade i dunno if i would ever feel comfortable calling the dude throwing 86mph an ace. he's earned ace status, though. meh, semantics...and prejustice against soft tossers...
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 27 min ago (view)
We’d be in deep, deep trouble if that’s the starting 5 next March. I’d think only one of those 3 start the year in the rotation. Trades or maybe FA signings will fill out rotation.
crunch 6 hours 28 min ago (view)
that would make the offseason interesting if he did.
no ham, no darvish, lester pitching like a middle/end rotation guy...
Q and hendricks locked in with lester...graveman + a.mills + chatwood could compete to slot in, but it's highly unlikely they're the full answer for both slots...
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 7 min ago (view)
Anybody else getting the feeling Yu might opt out?
Words I’d never thought I’d say. I’m even more surprised that I’d rather he not opt out!
crunch 7 hours 47 min ago (view)
...and k.bryant screws his leg/knee/ankle reaching trying to beat out a single...which he didn't.
he's being helped off the field. neat.
i.happ playing 3rd because whatever.
crunch 8 hours 22 min ago (view)
cards have caught one hell of a case of cubbery in the bottom 1st.
3 miscues, 1 cubs run.
Charlie 9 hours 50 min ago (view)
What a millstone Yelich must have been!
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 37 min ago (view)
I think he made a few good points but was misguided in laying next to no blame on Maddon. He’s made many questionable decisions and plenty of those decisions have cost the team games.
Gordo was correct in laying blame on ownership. They hamstrung the front office. I have a hard time believing all they would have added was Descalso and Brach if they could have. Every time they had more money become available they added.