Spring Training Game Thirteen – Cubs 0, Rockies 13
WP – Jorge De La Rosa (2-0) LP – Travis Wood (0-1) Save – None
In front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,840 at Cubs Park, the Cubs were shutout for the second time this spring on Tuesday afternoon. And while the Cubs managed only five singles, the Rockies hit four home runs, pounded out 16 hits and took batting practice against Cubs pitching. The Rockies seemingly punished the baseball for nine innings with a lineup that did not include Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki.
Travis Wood was knocked out of the game with two outs in the third inning. After giving up a run in the first inning, Wood settled down in the second and appeared to be on his way to a 1-2-3 third inning. But Junior Lake lost a routine fly to centerfield in the sun, Nolan Arenado ended up with an Arizona-triple and Wood could not get out of the inning. Colorado scored four runs on six straight hits before Rick Renteria decided Wood was done for the day. Wood was charged with five runs on nine hits with one walk and no strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.
Carlos Pimentel pitched two scoreless innings before the Rockies torched Hector Rondon for six runs on five hits (two home runs) with a walk and no strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Chang-Yong Lim surrendered the Rockies’ final two runs of the game in the eighth inning. Yoanner Negrin, Tony Zych and Brian Schlitter put together scoreless outings on Tuesday.
Justin Ruggiano (1-for-3), Welington Castillo (1-for-3) and Albert Almora (1-for-1) collected three of the Cubs five hits. Anthony Rizzo (0-for-3) hit the ball hard twice on a day Rick Renteria wanted to see how his lefties fared against southpaw Jorge De La Rosa.
Bad pitching, poor defense and no offense … and with Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 6-7 in the Cactus League.
Travis Wood retired Brandon Barnes on a lineout to right for the first out of the game. Corey Dickerson singled to left on a 1-2 pitch. Nolan Arenado followed with a single to left past a diving Darwin Barney. With runners on first and second with one out, Kyle Parker popped a 0-2 pitch to Barney at short for the second out. Drew Stubbs pulled a 2-1 pitch to the 5.5 hole. Barney made a diving stop and threw to third base as Dickerson rounded third and headed for home. The Cubs threw out Arenado at third to end the inning (6-5-2-5) after he tried to advance to third on the throw to the plate.
The Rockies put the exhibition game out of reach in the third inning. Travis Wood retired Barnes and Dickerson to start the third thanks to excellent defensive plays by Donnie Murphy at second and Darwin Barney at short. Nolan Arenado hit what was described as a routine fly into center. Junior Lake lost the ball in the sun and backed away as the ball bounced behind him. Arenado ended up a third with an Arizona-triple … and Travis Wood could not recover.
Kyle Parker followed the Arenado triple with a home run to left … 3-0 Rockies. Drew Stubbs singled and scored on a Michael McKenry double to right center, 4-0 Colorado. Josh Rutledge hit a grounder toward second that Donnie Murphy made a diving stop on, but he threw low to first. Rizzo could not scoop and McKenry scored from second, 5-0 Rockies. Jordan Pacheco singled to right, the Rockies’ sixth straight hit and Rick Renteria decided that was enough for Travis Wood. Renteria went to his pen for Yoanner Negrin. Negrin, up for the day from minor league camp, retired Paul Janish on a tapper back to the mound to finally end the inning.
The Rockies’ hit parade continued in the sixth inning against Hector Rondon. Rondon walked Jordan Pacheco on four pitches to start the inning. Paul Janish singled to left. Barnes hit a chopper toward third that Luis Valbuena converted into an out. With runners on second and third with one down, Welington Castillo could not handle a 1-0 offering to Arenado … and a passed ball allowed Pacheco to scamper home with the Rockies’ sixth run. Arenado launched a 2-2 pitch into the berm in left field … 8-0 Rockies. Rondon retired Ben Paulsen on a grounder to first to end the inning.
After six innings, the Rockies led 8-0 and were not done.
Hector Rondon stayed in for the seventh inning and retired Jason Pridie on a liner to Ryan Roberts at first base. Michael McKenry singled to left and Cristhian Adams singled to right. Kent Matthes hit for Jordan Pacheco and launched a home run over the Cubs’ pen in left … 11-0 Rockies. Rick Renteria went to his pen and brought in Tony Zych. Zych spent the day with the big league team and retired the next two batters he faced to end the inning.
Chang-Yong Lim did not help his cause Tuesday. Lim replaced Zych for the eighth inning and issued a leadoff walk to Tim Wheeler then served up a two-run shot over the wall in right to Ryan Wheeler … 13-0 Colorado. Lim pitched around an error by Logan Watkins and did not allow the Rockies to kick the extra point.
The Cubs make the trip to Peoria and will face the Mariners under the lights on Wednesday night (9:05pm CDT). James McDonald is scheduled to start the game with Randy Wolf getting the ball for Seattle.