Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 03/05/14

Spring Training Game Six: Cubs (2-3) vs. Rockies (SS) (1-5)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – Cubs Park, Mesa

Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00, 1.50) vs. Tyler Chatwood (0-0, -.–, -.–)

Rick Renteria and the Cubs wrap up the first week of spring games with the first of three meetings against the Colorado Rockies in the Cactus League this afternoon.

Jeff Samardzija and Chris Rusin should take up the first six innings of today’s game with the bullpen pitching the last three frames. Rusin is scheduled to follow Samardzija this afternoon in Chris Bosio’s pitching rotation.

While half of the Rockies’ roster will be in Mesa taking on the Cubs, the other half of Colorado’s spring roster faces the Rangers in Surprise. Franklin Morales starts against the Rangers and the Cubs will take their swings against Tyler Chatwood.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call of today’s game on Cubs.com

And today it all begins with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija makes his second Spring Training start this afternoon. Samardzija kept the Diamondbacks off the board for two innings his last time out. Samardzija settled down after a shaky start and threw the ball rather well. Samardzija gave up a pair of hits, walked a batter and struck out two last Thursday. Samardzija should be stretched out to three innings today.

Chris Rusin struggled the last time out and barely completed his two innings in Tempe. Rusin was sharp in the first inning then surrendered four runs on five hits with a walk in his second inning of work.

Tyler Chatwood makes his first start in the Cactus League this afternoon. Chatwood was 1-1 in six games, three starts, for the Rockies last season with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP. Chatwood has yet to pitch to expectations but has shown signs of what once made him a top prospect in the Angels’ organization.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Kalish LF
    Valbuena 3B
    Lake CF
    Roberts 1B
    Baez SS
    Kottaras C
    B.Jackson RF
    Valaika 2B
    McDonald DH

    Samardzija

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Going into the bottom of the second, game tied at one.
    Kalish reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a ball in the dirt and scored on a throwing error by Rockies’ catcher McKenry

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rough third inning for Samardzija, gave up 2 runs and struggled with his command.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Veras with a 1-2-3 fourth inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game goes to the 6th with the Rockies up 3-1. Rusin
    out for his second inning of work.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez just went oppo, HR to RF …. and Kottaras ties the game at three. Back-to-Back Spring Jacks

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Baez is really something…

    • Tony_H

      I hope Baez makes it extremely difficult to send him down to Iowa, but they will either way.

      • cubtex

        he is already doing that.

        • Tony_H

          Yes these dozen or so Spring Training AB’s tell us so.

          • cubtex

            yep and coming off last year…you can. spring training stats don’t mean squat.

          • Tony_H

            LOL!

          • cubtex

            good read. it is about Brett Wallace and spring training but you can substitute Mike Olt’s name for him.

            http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2014/3/3/5465622/spring-training-2014-the-perils-of-evaluation-the-brett-wallace-story

          • cubtex
          • Tony_H

            I have no idea what the point of either of these articles is and how it relates to Olt.

            Everyone knows that ST stats are meaningless and Brett Wallace with his 1000 AB’s in the majors is hardly a comparison to Olt.

          • cubtex

            ok good. I was getting worried about you.

          • Tony_H

            Why? I was being sarcastic about Baez and his dozen ST AB’s.

          • cubtex

            no because you were getting giddy about Olt and his 4 or 5 AB’s.

          • Tony_H

            “Giddy” My thoughts on Olt are not changing based on ST AB’s. I think if he is healthy he will be our 3B this year.

          • cubtex

            Healthy and ready to face mlb pitching are 2 totally different things. Spring training won’t do that for Olt.

          • Tony_H

            Geez, I never knew you thought that way. Please tell me more.

          • cubtex

            naw. you won’t ever try to look objectively at any situation that differs from the FO. no point.

          • Tony_H

            Thank God, you are moving on from this subject. Time will tell.

          • cubtex

            I want the kid to do well. I think we both agree on that. We just totally differ on what is best for the player.

          • Tony_H

            Move on, you have said that 50 times in the last 5 months.

          • cubtex

            51. and I was moving on

          • paulcatanese

            But of course he will.
            Sorry to miss all of this, but doing the laundry was more important:)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 7-5 to Rockies (ss) on Wednesday (3/5) … Samardzija:
    3R, 4H, 1BB, HBP, 1K, 3 IP; Rusin: 3R, 3H, 2BB, HBP, 1K, 2.2 IP

    Javier Baez:
    1-3, HR; George Kottaras: 1-2, HR, BB; Josh Vitters: 2-2, R; Ryan Kalish: 0-2, BB,
    R, SB

    • cubtex

      would be nice to see Vitters get a little confidence going.

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