|Marmol in 9th|
As for today’s game, Cubs opening day starter Ryan Dempster pitched decently allowing 3 runs on 5 hits but only threw 4 innings. James Russell followed Dempster retiring 7 in a row before allowing 2 runs in the 7th inning. John Grabow pitched the 8th and allowed 1 run on 2 hits with a strike out and a walk. Carlos Marmol came in for the 9th and put the hammer down 1-2-3 striking out the final 2 Rockies.
|Colvin’s grand salami|
The only real Cubs offense of the day came in the 8th when Tyler Colvin hit a grand slam accounting for all the Cubs runs.
It is interesting to note that Cubs minor leaguers Brett Jackson and Bryan LaHair started today’s game but instead of their usual jerseys and numbers they ended up with numbers 85 and 95 respectively. This was due to their uniforms already being shipped out of AZ. Alfonso Soriano struggled in the outfield, so much so that he received some boos after one of his defensive efforts and again when he stepped to the plate later. It should be noted that he did have an outfield assist throwing out at third base.
|Rose Mofford at 88 years young, with Mesa Mayor Scott Smith|
In the 7th inning I was given a note at the last second saying that former Governor Mofford was going to circle the park in a golf cart I didn’t know exactly what that meant until I saw Governor Mofford and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and driver whipping around the field on the warning track. This must have been an impromptu event because there was no game break for it and Aramis Ramirez was stepping to the plate when Mofford came whizzing by in the golf cart.
Photos by Boys of Spring’s photographer John Antonoff.
|Soriano misses on this effort|
|Brett Jackson to Starlin Castro to A-Ram nails Jose Morales|