Rockies 6, Cubs 4
Ryan Dempster is ready for his first opening-day start with the
Dempster threw four shaky innings in his final spring start and
Chicago lost to a Colorado Rockies split squad 6-4 on Sunday.
Tyler Colvin hit a grand slam in the eighth for the Cubs to make
it close. It was Colvin’s third homer of the spring.
Clay Mortensen, expected to open the season in the minors for
the Rockies, worked five shutout innings and gave up three
Jose Morales, trying to win the backup catcher job in Colorado,
had a two-run double off Dempster in the second and an RBI double
in the fourth.
Dempster, set to pitch Friday against Pittsburgh at Wrigley
Field, allowed three runs and five hits. He walked two and struck
out two, throwing 73 pitches.
”They had a lot of lefties, and I got to throw some good
splits. I was able to go about my business and get ready for
Friday,” the right-hander said.
Dempster finished the spring 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA. He said he’s
looking forward to facing the Pirates at home.
”It’s a tremendous honor,” he said. ”There’s probably more
leading up to it, but once that first pitch is thrown, it’s just
like any other game. I’m going to treat it like any other start and
just be prepared. It’s an honor to go out there and do it and
hopefully get us a `W.”’
NOTES: Chicago catcher Geovany Soto had two hits. … The Cubs
released veteran right-hander Carlos Silva, bringing their spring
training roster to 27. Silva was let go after making critical
comments Saturday about first-year pitching coach Mark Riggins.
”Basically, he wasn’t good enough to make the team,” general
manager Jim Hendry said. ”Besides that, his comments about Mark
Riggins were totally inappropriate and unacceptable. Once again,
it’s a weakness for somebody that doesn’t perform well and chooses
to blame somebody else on the way out.” … The Rockies reassigned
seven players to minor league camp: second baseman Eric Young Jr.,
catcher Jordan Pacheco and pitchers Matt Daley, Greg Reynolds, John
Maine, Rex Brothers and Eric Stults.