Spring Training Game Twelve – Cubs 3, Rockies 6
WP – Jeff Francis (1-0) LP – Scott Feldman (0-1) Save – None
The Cubs lost for the fifth time in their last six Cactus League games on Tuesday afternoon in Scottsdale. Dale Sveum ran out a lineup with only three players that figure to be on the field on Opening Day in Pittsburgh, and hit his pitcher for the first time this spring, while the Rockies ran out a majority of their everyday lineup and used a designated hitter.
The Cubs offense struggled once again, and was shut down by Jeff Francis. The veteran southpaw allowed only one baserunner over four shutout innings. Francis struck out four, did not walk a batter and the only hit he allowed came off the bat of Scott Feldman.
The Cubs offense finally got on the board in the fifth inning. Edwin Maysonet (1-for-3 with a home run) hit an inside the park home run off Daniel Rosenbaum and Junior Lake (1-for-3 with a RBI) drove in Darwin Barney (1-for-3 with a run scored) with an infield single in the sixth. Brad Nelson (1-for-1 with a home run) cracked his second dinger of the spring in the ninth off Manny Corpas.
The Cubs scored three runs on nine hits with only one walk while striking out 11 times on Tuesday afternoon.
Scott Feldman struggled in his second start of the spring. Feldman allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in two-plus innings. Feldman labored in the first inning, then allowed another run in the second before serving up a two-run shot to Wilin Rosario in the third that ended his afternoon.
Travis Wood followed Feldman and put together a very good outing. Wood allowed one run on three hits over four innings. Wood did not walk a batter, struck out two and put together the first 1-2-3 inning for a Cubs’ pitcher since Sunday afternoon in the fifth inning.
Cory Wade allowed his first run of the spring in the seventh and Rafael Dolis pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Scott Feldman retired Dexter Fowler on a fly out to left (2-2 pitch) to start his afternoon. Josh Rutledge followed with a single to center then advanced to second as Troy Tulowitzki struck out swinging for the second out. Feldman jumped ahead of Rosario, but lost him and ended up issuing a two-out walk. Todd Helton followed with a ground rule double to left (3-2 pitch). Rutledge scored, 1-0 Rockies. Feldman finally ended the inning by inducing a grounder to second off the bat of Chris Nelson.
Jeff Francis made quick work of the Cubs in the second … and the Rockies went back to work against Scott Feldman.
Feldman retired Ryan Wheeler on a grounder to first (3-2 pitch) to start the second. Kent Matthes followed with a double to right. Tim Wheeler grounded out to first, Matthes advanced to third with two down. Dexter Fowler pulled a 3-2 pitch into right center that plated Matthes with the Rockies second run. Darwin Barney made an excellent defensive play to take a hit away from Rutledge to end the inning.
Other the a Scott Feldman single to right (sinking liner on a 1-2 pitch), the Cubs did nothing in the third inning.
Scott Feldman took the hill for the third inning and was greeted with a single to left center off the bat of Troy Tulowitzki (1-2 pitch). Wilin Rosario put the Rockies up 4-0 with a big fly over the wall in centerfield. Dale Sveum went to his bullpen at that point and brought in Travis Wood.
Wood retired the next three batters he faced to close out the third.
Travis Wood worked around a leadoff single by Matthes in the fourth without allowing the Rockies to tack on to their lead. Tim Wheeler hit a grounder back up the middle that Wood deflected to Barney. Matthes advanced to second but was stranded when Fowler struck out swinging and Rutledge flied out to left for the third out.
The Cubs finally got on the board in the fifth. Daniel Rosenbaum replaced Francis and the lefty Rule 5 Draft pick retired Lake and Bogusevic to start the inning.
Edwin Maysonet pulled a 1-2 pitch to deep left center. The ball hit off the padding and got away from Dexter Fowler. David Bell waived Maysonet in and the veteran infielder slid in headfirst at home with an inside the park home run. Szczur flied out to center to end the inning.
Travis Wood became the first Cubs’ pitcher to record a 1-2-3 inning since Sunday afternoon when he retired the Rockies in order in the fifth.
The Cubs put another run on the board in the sixth. Darwin Barney reached on a two-out single to left. Welington Castillo followed with a single to center. Nate Schierholtz notched the Cubs’ third straight hit, but it ended up being only an infield hit. Rutledge dove and stopped a ball ticketed for center from leaving the infield. Junior Lake stepped in with the bases loaded and two down. Lake pulled a 0-1 pitch toward short. Schierholtz beat Herrera’s throw to second and Barney scored the Cubs’ second run. Bogusevic grounded out to second to end the inning.
Alberto Gonzalez (3B), Brett Jackson (CF), Jorge Soler (RF), Logan Watkins (2B) and Steve Clevenger (1B) took over in the field prior to the bottom of the sixth.
Travis Wood stayed in and the Rockies pushed across another run. Chris Nelson led off the sixth with a double to right. Ryan Wheeler reached on a broken bat flare into left. With runners on first and third with no outs, Kent Matthes grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Nelson scored, 5-2 Rockies. Travis Wood caught Tim Wheeler looking to end the inning … and his outing.
J.C. Boscan (C), Javier Baez (SS) and Darnell McDonald (LF) entered the game in the bottom of the seventh … and Cory Wade replaced Travis Wood on the hill.
Charlie Culbertson hit for Josh Rutledge with one out in the seventh. Culbertson tripled to right, Soler made a diving attempt, but came up empty. The Rockies then put the squeeze on with Herrera. Culbertson scored, 6-2 Rockies. Jose Gonzalez followed with a double to left but Matt McBride grounded out to third to end the inning.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the eighth … but came away empty. Brett Jackson led off the inning with a walk against lefty reliever Rex Brothers. Jorge Soler then hit a rocket into center off Culbertson’s glove. Boscan struck out swinging and Clevenger flied out to deep right center. Jackson advanced to third on the play. Logan Watkins walked to load the bases but Alberto Gonzalez struck out swinging to end the inning.
Rafael Dolis gave up a hit in the eighth … but that was all.
Brad Nelson made it 6-3 with two outs in the ninth. Nelson cracked his second longball of the spring off Manny Corpas.
The Cubs make the long trip to Surprise on Wednesday afternoon to face the Rangers. Hisanori Takahashi is scheduled to face lefty Robbie Ross.