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
Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is a great option. I'm sure Chad loved it.
Amen Brick. What's the point of following early-season games if you can't over-react to them? What, we should be reading books now?
"Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?"
No, I think you're thinking of Radiohead, The 1975, or Bowie's last album.
Although The National's Greatful Dead tribute is pretty cool.
I don't think they're any kind of lock, though I do expect they'll make the playoffs.
It's not like I'm glad they've gone 4-8. I just don't think it's time to be all that worried -- just like I didn't think they were going to keep playing .730 ball.
vegas isn't a fan of the game because of how erratic and unpredictable it is.
SF has recently won 3 world series many thought they weren't supposed to win...BOS won a world series recently that they weren't even supposed to be in the playoffs for...favored teams with huge wins have seen 1st round exists...fun times.
I think they'll be ok too. But having watched this team since the mid-60s, I never think it's time to conclude, well, thank god the drought is over. I've seen/heard way too many people who follow the Cubs say glad we're finally going to win the Series this year. Please. Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?
Best record in baseball and largest division lead.
I'm jumping right now!
Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?
,571 winning percentage in May.
I think they're gonna be OK.
RAISIN: All I know is that Oscar de la Cruz is still shut down, and I don't know what his prognosis is, or what the plan is going forward.
Remember just two weeks ago, when "all" they had to do was play .500 ball the rest of the season and coast into the playoffs?
Well I guess if pitchers can keep working the edges of the plate to perfection it will be a long season. But that doesn't seem likely. Rizzo finally, fully, snapping out of it would help.
If I didn't believe in coincidences (or science), I would apologize to Gordon Downie--one of my favorites. Sad news about a great talent.
Hi Arizona Phil,
Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?
O&B: Cease was apparently working on his off-speed pitches in his first & thrd innings, because in his second inning of work he just blew the D'backs away with high-velocity gas (that's when he hit 99-100 and struck out the side).