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):  

CUBS LINEUP:
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)

CUBS PITCHERS:
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

ATTENDANCE: 19

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): 
Adbert Alzolay
* Jeffry Antigua
Dallas Beeler (ACTIVE REHAB)
Trevor Clifton
Casey Coleman
Josh Conway (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 elbow stress fracture)
Josh Davis
* Alberto Diaz
Greyfer Eregua
Eduardo Figueroa
* Frailyn Figueroa
Kyuji Fujikawa (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS)
David Garner
Trevor Graham
Zak Hermans
Luis Hernandez
Corbin Hoffner
* Tyler Ihrig
Pierce Johnson (ACTIVE REHAB - hamstring)
Trey Lang 
Erick Leal
Trey Masek (ACTIVE REHAB)
Ryan McNeil (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 TJS))
Jeferson Mejia
Erling Moreno
* Jose Paulino
Hector Perez 
Joel Pineiro 
* Anthony Prieto
Jasvir Rakkar
Alexander Santana
Duane Underwood (ACTIVE REHAB - forearm strain)
Michael Wagner
Ben Wells

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)   
Brad Renner
* Sam Wilson

CATCHERS (7)
Tyler Alamo
# Erick Castillo
# Mark Malave 
* Justin Marra
* Alberto Mineo 
Antonio Valerio 
Eufran Vargas

INFIELDERS: (10+2)
# Roney Alcala
* Zak Blair
# Varonex Cuevas
# Frandy de la Rosa (INACTIVE - neck injury suffered in off-season car crash)
* Bryant Flete
Jesse Hodges
# Dalfis Ortiz
Giuseppe Papaccio  
Matt Scioscia
Elliot Soto (RESTRICTED LIST - serving 50-game Drug of Abuse suspension)
# Trevor Stevens (LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY - right hand injury)
Gleyber Torres

OUTFIELDERS (9+2):
Jeffrey Baez
* Kevin Brown
Charcer Burks
Arnaldo Calero
* Rashad Crawford
#  Kevin Encarnacion (INACTIVE - burns & other injuries suffered in off-season car crash)  
Jae-Hoon Ha (ACTIVE REHAB - 2013 broken wrist)
Eloy Jimenez
* Ricardo Marcano
Rony Rodriguez 
Casper Wells (INACTIVE - knee injury)

MANAGERS:
Jimmy Gonzalez
Gary Van Tol

COACHES
Jesus Feliciano 
Brian Lawrence
Carmelo Martinez 
Guillermo Martinez
Ricardo Medina
Osmin Melindes
Anderson Tavares
Rick Tronerud

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radio and TV deal update; AM 780/FM 105.9 (WBBM) seems to be the front-runner, some talk of Ch.32 getting TV, which doesn't make a lick of sense imo.

http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2014/04/08/are-the-chicago-cubs-...

Well, it's Fox, right? You'd think Rupert could afford to spring for a standalone tv station though.

At least it's not channel 44. Bring back Jack Drees!!!

just don't understand it going on an over-the-air channel that has it's own prime time schedule, but from what I recall it's just going to be a short deal until the CSN deal is over after 2019 and then the big mega-deal.

So 2020 Cubs World Champions!!!

That's a little weird but I've seen other Fox stations do it. I think that since the Fox prime time schedule is just a couple hours it's probably easy to wedge in some Cubs games..

2020? Optimism!!

Jason Hammel day...up 1-0 early on Pirates

Minors

P. Blackburn went for Kane County and they won; 5 IP, 2 ER...J. Hannemann with a triple in the game

F. Pena went for Daytona in Game 1, but they lost; 6 IP, 1 ER...Almora went 2/3 with a double

J. Rosario going in Game 2

CJ Edwards going for the Smokies, 4 IP, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 ER so far

C. Pimentel went for Iowa and they won; 6 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB and 10 K...B. Jackson and Vitters both had HR's.

m.olt HR...cubs take the lead.

that should keep him on the bench another couple days.

...and lake makes it back to back.

Darwin Barney IBB... hah

The roar of the crowd on the Lake homer was awesome.

I miss that coming from Wrigley.

Totally!

Folks, Castro's defense is really exciting to watch right now. He made a great play tonight already - probably the fastest I've ever seen him move. He really appears to have upped his intensity. Keep it up Starlin!

I agree. Seeing Castro playing slick defense makes me very happy. As long as he's doing this, I can tolerate a Castro slump should he have one.

strop giving veras some closer insurance...back to back HRs given up.

Dear lord, Lincecum's stache is awesome.

But is his pitching ever bad (as a fantasy owner of his. Ouch). I think he is doing a Jason Schwartzman look btw.

Hey AzPhil,

I might've missed something, as I haven't really followed things that closely, but was Ben Wells cut? I see him on the last XST list of yours, but he's not there now. Thanks.

TOONSTER: He's still there (though probably not for much longer).   

AZ Phil: How does Gleyber Torres defense look at SS for a young-un?

CUBSTER: Gleyber Torres is an exceptional defensive shortstop. He makes the routine plays consistently, and I mentioned in a comment a couple of days ago that he made a leaping catch sideways (leaping to his right) in the "sim" game on Monday, and you have to be fairly athletic to get elevation while leaping sideways... and he just turned 17 in December!

He is very confident and poised for his age, and he doesn't show emotion or get flustered when he makes a mistake.

Offensively he appears (at this point) to be a top of the order type (#1 or #2 hitter), although he will need to get on base at a high rate to stay there as he eventually moves up the pipeline to the higher levels (AA, AAA. and MLB). 

19-year old Kane County SS Carlos Penalver is a pretty good defender, too, so the Cubs have a couple of interesting teenaged shortstops in the system (although they are both probably several years away).
 

In the never ending drive to see a .500 team by the year of our Rush, 2112, it was good to see a few things yesterday. All of it was probably obvious to most of you, so I won't bother with most of it.

And, it's awfully early.

But I am beginning to wonder if Mueller is having an effect on Rizzo. JD mentioned Rizzo is attacking the ball early, then being more patient. That seems to be the case. My God, it's like the team has a hitting strategy. I tend to give coaches too much credit when things go good/well, so that's kind of a whatever.

And again, I like Junior Lake more than most people who seem more knowledgeable than I am about baseball. That ball was crushed. He just seems to have some serious mojo. He came up pretty fast through the system, so I'm not surprised he screws up once in awhile. But I like that kid.

AZ Phil, have you heard what happened to Mike Hamann? He seemed like a decent pitching prospect.

HAGSAG: I have no information about the present status and/or whereabouts of the two remaining MIA, Mike Hamann and Brian Smith

Well was some bad baserunning by Castro in this game and the blocking the plate rule is dumb but it's nice to see the Cubs actually get the bouncing ball hits go there way, especially for Rizzo. Last year it seemed like all his hard hit balls went to defenders.

Didn't the third base coach waive him in?

Maybe I didn't actually see. Someone was dumb though because it really wasn't a ball to run on.

they have the highlight on Gameday, he was waived in for sure and with 2 outs, usually wise to take that chance. The highlight cuts off before going to any close-ups, did they actually call hime safe or safe because of blocking the plate? If blocking the plate, that's an unfortunate interpretation of it. The ball did arrive early and he sort of drops down in front of the plate I guess, but man, not like he had a lot of time to think about it, seemed pretty natural.

looking at the rule, I have no idea what they called there

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/mlb-institutes-new-rule-on-home-plat...

• The catcher may not block the pathway of a runner attempting to score unless he has possession of the ball. If the catcher blocks the runner before he has the ball, the umpire may call the runner safe.

Well Sanchez clearly had the ball

and it says you can review it, so I have no idea

Len & JD didn't know how it was called. If they came back with an explanation later, I missed it.

http://deadspin.com/if-this-is-how-mlbs-new-home-p...

...the usual deadspin-applicable "grain of salt" applies because their coverage of anything but football/basketball/soccer is generally sketchy...but it's a decent summation.

I thought the umpire indicated that the catcher didn't make a tag. Is it cleared they were using the new blocking the plate rule?

if it was a no tag call I think Hurdle would have been allowed to challenge it. In the end, Castro was safe anyway because Sanchez had the ball in his bare hand and Castro slid into his glove and pushed it back and touched the plate as the actual ball was tagging him, so ultimately it didn't matter. I really don't know what else Sanchez is suppose to do on that play...straddle the plate I guess to try and catch the ball?

Pat & Ron on the radio said that it looked like he was bobbling the ball (Idk, it's just what they said). Said in the past the ump probably would have just called it out because the ball beat him there, but with replay, umps are more apt to make calls like this.

you were correct, I'll stand down :)

4m

Carlson to pool reporter: "(Castro's) foot touched the plate before the catcher had possession and control of the ball."

( •_•) ( •_•)>⌐□-□ (⌐□_□).

early MILB games today

Iowa wins, Baez HR, Hendricks 7 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Tennessee loses 1-0; Arrieta with 3.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

KC wins, Skulina 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Daytona tonight, T. Scott pitches

nice job shitter+russell.

PIT leads 5-4 in the top 7th.

Russel's arm is gonna fall off this year. He used to be good.

Schlitter. - welcome to the Majors. You are thouroughly blech.

Grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory...

In the 6th I was just thinking about how this is the first time in 3-4 years that I actually enjoy watching this team. Then I took a shower after the bottom of the 6th, Cubs up 4-0, come back to a 5-4 game. Same as it ever was.

i hope this is the last time we see kalish hitting 2nd. sure, he had a good spring, but he did a chunk of his work in later innings vs minor leaguers.

plus, having 3 lefties in a row is getting stupid...such as this inning where it's kalish/rizzo/sureholds coming up 1/2/3.

Two Ex Cubs

Go yard in same game for the A's: Fuld and Donaldson.

cubs put 2 on with 0 outs in the bottom 9th...2 Ks follow.

...and it's up to darwin barney...because screw you cubs fans.

...and he walks (a legit one rather than a "the pitcher is up next" one). bases loaded and emilllllllllllllllllllllio's up.

...and he grounds out...because screw you cubs fans.

meh. cubs are 3-6.

Theo's already got 'em playing for the draft pick. Smart.

Winning only one game in every series will total about 63-65 wins?

That about right?

1 of 3 would be 53-54 wins, but there are 2 and 4-game series to think about it.

 

Their record could be quite a bit better. I think they're playing ok baseball overall. I only heard part of the last few innings as I was driving (yay smartphones). Castro got hits again, I don't know how Rizzo did.

Did Valbuena bat for Olt? And why Olt? When Barney was nearing the plate? I realize he walked but dear God. If it wasn't Olt, then why whoever it was instead of Barney?

valbuena batted for the pitcher who's slot was used in a double switch moving olt out in the 7th (with PIT at the plate) moving boni to 3rd and inserting d.barney at 2nd.

along with telling everyone to steal bases and weird bunting...renteria loves to move boni all over the place making substitutions.

ok, good. Thanks for that info. I had the game on in the car and I could only hear Len and JD and I thought I heard Len ask if it was a good move pinch hitting Valbuena. Maybe he just was wondering if there wasn't somebody else on the bench, or maybe there was just too much traffic making too much noise and I didn't hear right.

Cubs are going to look back at this one in October....

it's funny because it's the 2nd week of april and we already know they're losers with no chance.

ah...cubs baseball is just awesome.

Also that with a small sample size Rizzo and Castro are playing a lot better than last year and Shark, Wood and Hammel all look good. That's also pretty awesome considering they're the important parts of our future. But yes let's go with your hating on everything Cubs instead.

"with your hating on everything cubs instead"

yet the comment i replied to "Cubs are going to look back at this one in October...." is just awesome 2014 cubs love that i squashed with my piss-on-your-parade comment.

the reality (or opinion if you're optimistic) of 2014 being a sunk season before spring training even begun has nothing to do with me. most people accept this as a fact.

but yes let's just get upset about that and blame it on me. my bad. if we all cheer up and dedicate some good vibes the team can probably squeeze out another 20+ wins. Believe (tm).

*note: this post contains jokes. i do not guarantee 20+ wins via good vibes. no cash value. not valid in hawaii or alaska.

Yes we all knew we weren't going to compete in 2014 so you can whine and complain about it constantly as you do or look for things to actually like and enjoy such as seeing the players that are actually part of our future doing well and rooting for them to succeed. I find the second way much more rewarding and enjoyable. You seem to prefer the 1st way.

yeesh...really?

how about searching through the past 4 threads...for a start. you'll see a few capital letters exclamations of cubs leads and more than a few pro-cubs and pro-kids comments.

in those same 4 threads i see a total of 2 comments from you...both about me.

I'm seeing a lot of good things from the hitters. Even Barney took ball four instead of hacking at 3-2, as one of the announcers pointed out that he did last year. They're working the count nicely. I blame Bill Mueller. It's gotta be tough to see the relievers trash these good efforts.

lulz...pineda.

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bk5j0A-CYAAMwji.jpg
http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bk5f5AmIQAE4emo.jpg

funny thing is it's vs the rsox...with buchholz on the mound, who was accused last season of doctoring the ball with pine tar (by the bjays broadcasters).

the not so funny thing is a lot of pitchers do it.

kenny rogers had a similar thing going on with his hand when he got busted in the playoffs back in 06. he wasn't ejected, but the umps made him clean his hand off.

Baseball Tonight does a story on it...

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10766059

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/minor-league-roundup-its-friday-fr...

Some Cubs in there, Vizcaino still hitting high 90's

Tonight's line-up is in. No Olt.

Bonifacio 2B, Valbuena 3B, Riz 1B, Schierholtz RF, Sweeney CF, Castro SS, Kalish LF, Castillo C, Samardzija P

So I'm not the only one thinking Olt should be playing every day?

I'd like to see him out there starting most games. But we might not know how his shoulder is doing like RR does.

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