Lester and Cishek pounded in Cubs’ loss to Rockies

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Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports
Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports

After splitting the squad, then splitting a pair of games on Friday (“W” vs. Rangers, “L” vs. Indians), the Cubs (16-12-2) regrouped, quite literally, to take on the Rockies (12-15) last night in Peoria, Arizona. Big- Jon Lester (0-0, 9.53 ERA) made his final start of the spring, with his counterpart being, Rockies’ lefty, Kyle Freeland (3-1, 3.95 ERA).

Lester was rocked for six runs in three innings, and then the Rockies tagged Steve Cishek for five more in the seventh. The Cubs would rally in the eighth, but it wouldn’t be enough as they fell by a final score of 11-6.

T1: (COL: LHP-Freeland) Albert Almora Jr: Doubled to left (first pitch). Kris Bryant: Groundout to the pitcher. Anthony Rizzo: Fouled-out, Nolan Arenado wound up in the stands after making the catch, Almora was tagged and takes third. Javier Baez: Singled to the right, scoring Almora. Willson Contreras: Double, Baez to third. Ben Zobrist: Groundout to second. Cubs lead 1-0.

B1: Jon Lester: Strikeout, bloop-double to shallow center that Baez couldn’t get to, double to center (run scored), strikeout, double (run scored), single (run scored), strikeout. Cubs trail 3-1.

T2: (COL: LHP-Freeland) Jason Heyward: Reaches on a fielding error (Arenado). Lester: Sac-bunt, Heyward to second. Kyle Schwarber: Groundout, Heyward to third. Almora: Groundout. Cubs trail 3-1. (Pitch Count: 25)

B2: Lester: Hit batter, strikeout, force-play (Rizzo, unassisted after dropping a line-drive), groundout. (Pitch Count: 37) Cubs trail 3-1

T3: (COL: LHP-Freeland) Bryant: Groundout. Rizzo: Single to left. Baez: NO DOUBTER to center. Contreras: Groundout. Zobrist: Flyout. Game tied 3-3.

B3: Lester: Single, flyout (runner tags-up and takes second), walk, single, single (2 runs score, runners now on first and third), single (run scores, runners now on first and second), groundball, 6-3 double-play (Baez to Rizzo). (Pitch Count: 58) Cubs trail 6-3.

T4: (COL: LHP-Freeland) Heyward: Strikeout. Lester: Strikeout. Schwarber: Flyout. Cubs trail 6-3.

B4: Lester: Flyout, groundout, double, flyout. (Pitch Count: 72) Cubs trail 6-3.

T5: (COL: LHP-Freeland) Almora: Strikeout. Bryant: Groundout. Rizzo: Double down the right-field line. Baez: Long fly out to center. Cubs trail 6-3.

B5: LHP: Kyle Ryan: Groundout, line-out, groundout. Cubs trail 6-3.

T6: (COL: LHP-Freeland) Contreras: Long flyout. Zobrist: Walk, Heyward: Grounds into 6-4-3 double-play. Cubs down 6-3.

B6: RHP Alec Mills: Line-out, walk, caught-stealing (Contreras to Baez), triple, groundout. Rockies lead 6-3.

T7: (COL: LHP-Dunn) Kevonte Mitchell: Strikeout. Schwarber: Reaches on an error (E-3) but rounds first and gets tagged out. Almora: Single to center. Bryant groundout.

B7: RHP Steve Cishek: Triple, walk, pick-off (Cishek to Rizzo), single (run scores), single (runners now on first and second), double (run scores, but second runner attempting to score is thrown at home (runners now on second and third), double (2 runs score). Cishek pulled. RHP Ryan Kellogg: Single (run scores), flyout, lineout. Rockies lead 11-3.

T8: (COL: LHP-McGee) Rizzo: Pop-out, Baez: Reaches on a throwing error (E-5, replaced by pinch-runner, L. Vazquez). Taylor Davis: Line-out. Zobrist: Single to right (Vazquez to third). Christian Donahue: Three-run homer to right. Mitchell: Hit by pitch. Schwarber: Groundout. Cubs trail 11-6.

B8: RHP Brad Markey: Foul-pop-out (to Davis), single, strikeout, strikeout. Cubs Trail 11-6.

T9: (COL: RHP-Oberg) Wynton Bernard: Groundout. Vimael Machin: Strikeout. Erick Castillo: Strikeout. Final score: Cubs 6, Rockies 11.

Tomorrow the Cubs will head to Peoria Stadium to face the Padres. Joe Maddon has not yet named his starter, but the Padres intend on sending southpaw, Logan Allen (2-0, 7.27 ERA) to the hill.

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