I understand the mantra “spring training games mean nothing”, but when it comes to being a fan of baseball there is some meaning in each game. If for no other reason than we get to watch/listen in on how our guys are doing, young and old, spring training brings a different kind of excitement before opening day.
Game 1 brought us the realization that we might really have something in Pomeranz, with his clean first couple of innings to open the day, as well as the pop in the bat of Hernandez (something Iannetta had but rarely showed).
Game 2 ended well with a Paulsen Walk Off shot, but we also saw Friedrich pitch like a champ for 2 and several hits throughout the day, something game 1 was lacking.
Which brings us to Game 3, where the Rockies only had 3 fewer hits than the Cubs, but still lost by 7 runs. There were very few bright spots during the game, with Dex’s solo shot in the 5th being one of them as well as Pacheco’s 2 hit day. The pitching staff got rocked by the Cubs up and down the line, especially by Soriano who left with 2 HR’s and a double, going 3 for 3 with 3 RBI’s. Even Ian Stewart got in on the action with 2 stellar plays at third and a hit and a walk.
Each of the Rockies pitchers gave up at least one earned run, except for Roenicke. Moscoso, saddled with the loss, surrendered 4 runs on 5 hits as he watched not one but 2 leave the yard.
So, after Game 3 we’ve learned that either the Cubs are legit this season (this was their first win) or our pitching staff has some work to do. After listening to this one, I’ll vote for the latter.
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It might be a bit difficult to keep score at home when you hear Ian Stewart at third, but no need to adjust your radio. Ian will be playing third, but not for the Rockies, as the Cubs host us for our third spring training game today. Here is the Rox line-up: