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
Yes, I know KB played LF and Szczur played RF last night, but there's a legit case that RF is the easier draw at PNC.
Seems an odd lineup -- Soler in LF and Bryant in RF? Two guys out of position? I guess Fed has to catch tonight so All Star Gramps can catch Lester tomorrow. Or maybe Joe just wants somebody else to catch a no-hitter. Would love to see KB get the power turned on. C'mon Jorge -- channel your playoff self!
All it took was Schwarber, Heyward, and Szczur getting hurt for him to get to play again. Let's go ahead and call this little stretch your last real chance to prove you belong on this team, Jorge.
soler hitting 2nd...didn't expect that one.
tonight: Fowler, Soler, Bryant, Rizzo, Zobrisjt, Baez, Russell, Federowicz, Arrieta
roster shuffle official per Sun Times, Gordon Wittenmeyer on twitter...Szczur to DL with minor hamstring strain, Chris Villanueva to 60 day DL, Ryan Kalish to 40 man roster and gets the call-up.
There's an interview with Heyward up on ESPN where he says the wrist thing has been lingering and he just brought it up with the team as it didn't go away. So that could very well explain why he hasn't had the same hard contact recently.
Ryan Kalish writeup (by Peter Gammons last November):
Villanueva goes to the 60 day DL.
Peter Gammons just tweeted that teammates are tweeting Kalish is getting recalled. Not sure which ones and what they'll do with the 40 man but there we go.
Jesee Rogers just said he thought Ryan Kalish would be the call up.
Ryan Kalish is not on the 40-man either.
Schwarber hurt, Heyward hurt, Szczur hurt. Let's see how many guys have to go down before Soler gets his job back.
RHP Jake Arrieta (5-0, 1.00)
Neat. This ought to be a good game.
Unless somebody goes on the 60-DL or ouright them they can't call up Shane he's not on the 40 man roster, he still on a minor league contract
Everytime I recall Szcur's bone marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile: