Angels Edge Cubs at Riverview Park
LHP Hunter Green and four relievers combined to toss a seven hitter with eight strikeouts, as the Angels edged the Cubs 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day action this afternoon on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Tyler Alamo flied out to the warning track in RF with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to end the game.
LHP Jonah Weseley struck out five Cubs in just two innings of relief, and ex-Cub Trevor Gretzky played 1B for the Angels and went 1-3 with a double and a stolen base.
Jae-Hoon Ha (post-2013 broken wrist) continued his EXST rehab, playing CF and going 1-3 with a line-drive rope single, a walk, a stolen base, and two fly outs to RF.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs player's only):
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-4 (K, F-9, K, 4-3)
2a. Kevin Brown, 1B: 0-2 (3-U, F-7)
2b. Justin Marra, 1B: 0-2 (K, F-9)
3. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 1-3 (BB, F-9, 1B, F-9, SB)
4a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (F-7, K, 2B)
4b. Rashad Crawford, PH: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
5. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 0-4 (P-3, 4-3, K, FC, RBI)
6a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, SB)
6b. Rony Rodriguez, RF: 1-2 (P-4, 1B)
7. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-4 (1-3, 6-3, K, 6-4 FC)
8a. Giuseppe Papaccio, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K)
8b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 1-1 (1B, BB, PO)
9. Tyler Alamo, C: 1-4 (1B, K, L-4, F-9)
1. Eduardo Figueroa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (12 strikes)
2. David Garner: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (4 strikes)
3. Erick Leal: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Josh Davis: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 30 pitches (23 strikes)
5. Zak Hermans: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 19 pitches (14 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: NONE
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Tyler Alamo: 0-3 CS
WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's
EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER (73 players are at EXST - 60 players are ACTIVE)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
ACTIVE PITCHERS (34):
* Jeffry Antigua
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB)
Josh Conway (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 elbow stress fracture)
* Alberto Diaz
* Frailyn Figueroa
Kyuji Fujikawa (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS)
* Tyler Ihrig
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - hamstring)
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB)
Ryan McNeil (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS))
* Jose Paulino
* Anthony Prieto
Duane Underwood (ACTIVE REHAB - forearm strain)
LIMITED ACTIVITY REHAB PITCHERS: (9):
Marcelo Carreno (2013 shoulder surgery)
Jesus Castillo (2013 unknown-type injury)
* Michael Heesch
* Tommy Hottovy
Barret Loux (shoulder)
Dillon Maples (rib injury)
Trey McNutt (shoulder)
* Sam Wilson
# Erick Castillo
# Mark Malave
* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo
# Roney Alcala
* Zak Blair
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa (INACTIVE - neck injury suffered in off-season car crash)
* Bryant Flete
# Dalfis Ortiz
Elliot Soto (RESTRICTED LIST - serving 50-game Drug of Abuse suspension)
# Trevor Stevens (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - right hand injury)
* Kevin Brown
* Rashad Crawford
# Kevin Encarnacion (INACTIVE - burns & other injuries suffered in off-season car crash)
Jae-Hoon Ha (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 broken wrist)
* Ricardo Marcano
Casper Wells (INACTIVE - knee injury)
Gary Van Tol
Former Major League All-Star Jim Hickman dies at 79
Yep...sort of. Matheny says Rosenthal will no longer pitch the 9th, and they will mix/match Oh, Siegrist and Broxton.
Duane Underwood now 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA for Tenn. Urp. Warren not sharp at Iowa tonight. When will Cease and Hudson be ready?
On a positive note, Jiminez with his 10th HR tonight. He has a .924 OPS -- the only player in the league with an OPS over .900. Leads the lead in 2B, SLG and OPS, tied for the league lead in HR and 3rd in Avg. Nice!
- The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone.
- Joe will come up with more wacky dress-up ideas for the team to wear after they lose their next get-away game.
- There is more clarity on Spencer Patton.
- We play the Reds next. They aren't very good.
- We'll have at least a 9 game lead after today.
EDIT: - Contreras looks like the real deal.
Other than that, not much -- nasty stretch. Two ugly losses in the last 4 games.
Ugh -- give Lackey a 4-1 lead, you hope for better.
Joe: "We lost. They beat us. Now where's my '09 Guigal Bordeaux glass...?
I forgot how rail thin skinny Carl Edwards Jr. Is - he threw some nasty stuff - hope that continues
HAHAHA! I love it here! Brilliant...
"The pressure of going for the regular-season wins record is now gone."
Brilliant. Maddon is a genius!
"Drink copiously but responsibly."
Done and done. Thanks for that.
Oil Can Boyd now pitching for the Cubs
It's a long season. There will be stretches like this. It's Saturday night. Drink copiously but responsibly.
That valuable RBIGIDP.
Someone talk me down here.
I remember AZ PHIL talking about Bour's power during the Hendry era.
Time to scrap the scouting report on Justin Bour and get a new one. Sheesh.
Contreras seems pretty adamant he'll play anywhere Madden wants him to so as long as he stays hot and with all the injuries it'll be pretty nice to have yet another bat Madden can move around.