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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Cubs fall, set another attendance record

By Jesse Rogers

MESA, Ariz. -- It was yet another Cactus League record crowd -- this time 14,840 -- that saw the Chicago Cubs fall to the Colorado Rockies 13-0 on Tuesday.

The good: There wasn't much as the Cubs managed only five hits. Anthony Rizzo had a couple of good at-bats as he hit two balls hard to the left side, one for a groundout and one to deep left-center field for a flyout. Carlos Pimentel pitched two scoreless innings and Albert Almora smashed a single to left in his lone at-bat. He's 5-for-9 this spring.

The bad: There was plenty. And it all started when Junior Lake lost a ball in the sun in center field in the third inning with none on and two outs. It was ruled a triple off the bat of Nolan Arenado. The next five batters all reached with hits including a Kyle Parker home run. Starter Travis Wood didn't get out of the inning giving up five runs and nine hits. Hector Rondon didn't fare much better giving up six runs in less than two innings of work. Those are two regular pitchers for the Cubs, no one else who threw Tuesday will make the team.

The Cubs also were bad in the field. In addition to Lake's miscue, Darwin Barney threw behind a runner at third who scored, and both Donnie Murphy and then Logan Watkins had throwing issues playing second base.

"It was just one of those days," Wood said. "Luckily it happened in spring so we can move forward from that and get ready for the next one. ... I really wanted to work on the cutter today. It was working real good, they didn't put too many of those into play."

What's next: The Cubs play their first night game of the spring Wednesday when they take on the Seattle Mariners in Peoria, Ariz. James McDonald is scheduled to start.