Cubs 9, Rockies 6, at Salt River Fields
scottsdale, ariz.» Two weeks from the season opener at Milwaukee, Rockies pitchers remain in tuneup mode. For left-handed starter Tyler Anderson, that means finding more consistent pitch command, as exhibited in a 9-6 loss to the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Monday.
“Overall, I think today was a positive for Tyler,” manager Bud Black said.
For starters: Anderson’s line reflected his uneven performance: five innings pitched, three runs (two earned) and six hits allowed, and four strikeouts. He needed 81 pitches to get through his outing, and he committed a throwing error.
Asked if he would describe his performance as “so-so,” Anderson replied: “I think there was probably a little bit of that. I think my execution was probably better than my line was.
“There were a couple of hitters that got away from me a little bit, but in the real season you really don’t have the luxury of doing that. You have to be able to lock in the entire time, so (today) was a good learning point.”
Hits: It was a good afternoon for veteran right-hander Jason Motte, who is trying to pin down a spot in the bullpen. His fastball hit 93.4 mph, and he set the Cubs down in order in the seventh. … Closer Greg Holland pitched a scoreless sixth, striking out two Cubs with nasty sliders. His fastball velocity was clocked at 93 to 95 mph. … Outfielder Raimel Tapia, likely to begin the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, continued to flash his talents. He made a start in right field, singled and scored a run in the fourth and singled and stole second base in the sixth. He is batting .310 this spring.
Misses: Right-handed reliever Jairo Diaz, making his first Cactus League appearance after missing all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, got hit hard, giving up five runs and four hits (including a homer) while getting just two outs.
What’s next: Tuesday is a day off for the Rockies.