A Long, Ztrange Trip – Cubs 2 Rockies 5

Game Thirteen – Cubs 2 Rockies 5
WP – Jhoulys Chacin (1-0) LP – Mike Parisi (1-1, BS 1) Save – Franklin Morales (1)

Lou Piniella’s crew made their final trip to Hi Corbett Field on Monday … and the trip took a little longer than expected. The Cubs bus broke down less than an hour outside of Mesa, a clamp came off the radiator line. A majority of the team was an hour late to the park and they were unable to take batting practice due to the delay.

Kevin Millar reportedly entertained the team.

Once the Cubs got to the park, a starting lineup stocked with backup players, Ryan Theriot and Carlos Zambrano were beaten by the Rockies.

Carlos Zambrano was happy with the way he threw the ball. He kept the ball down, allowed one run on five hits, four doubles, in four innings of work. Big Z is hopeful he can pitch the way he did on Monday throughout the season. Zambrano threw 43 pitches, 28 for strikes … and recorded seven groundball outs to just two fly ball outs.

Zambrano also drove in one of the Cubs’ two runs with a double in the second off of Jeff Francis.

The Cubs sloppy play in the field continued on Monday. They committed three more errors (Mike Parisi, Sam Fuld, Starlin Castro) and gave the opposition another free run.

The Cubs slipped to 8-5 on the spring with Monday’s loss …

Carlos Zambrano left after four innings, his longest outing of the spring, with a 2-1 lead. John Gaub pitched a scoreless fifth before being lifted for Mike Parisi.

John Gaub walked Jonathan Herrera to start the sixth, then struck out Jason Giambi swinging. Lou Piniella brought in Mike Parisi to face Troy Tulowitzki.

The Rockies’ shortstop gave the Rockies the lead with a two-run homer to center. Parisi retired Brad Hawpe and Clint Barmes on groundouts to first and third to end the inning.

Parisi took the mound in the seventh. Two errors led to an unearned run. The Rockies tacked on two more to their three run lead.

Paul Lo Duca singled to start the seventh. Chris Frey ran for him and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jay Payton reached on an infield single. With runners on first and third with no outs, Eric Young, Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to center that plated Frey with the Rockies third run … Payton advanced to second on a throwing error by Sam Fuld.

Payton stole third with Jordan Pacheco at the plate and scored on a ground out to Starlin Castro.

Mike Parisi allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Parisi did not walk or strikeout a batter but uncorked a wild pitch … and allowed an inherited run to score.

Tyler Colvin continued his hot spring … Colvin was 2-for-4 with a RBI on Monday.

Box Score from MLB.com

Carlos Silva will make his third start of the spring on Tuesday at HoHoKam Park against Neftali Feliz and the Texas Rangers. Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez will not play. Xavier Nady is expected to be the team’s designated hitter.

Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver