A's Top Cubs at Papago Park

Dayton Alexander knocked-in two runs with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, leading the Athletics to a 7-3 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #2 (AKA "Connie Mack Field") at the Papago Park Baseball Facility in Phoenix, AZ. 

Eloy Jimenez drove-in two of the three Cub runs with a sharply-hit RBI ground single through the 5.5 hole with two outs in the 1st inning and a two-out bases loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch in the 5th.

The Cub offense collected more walks (8) than hits (3) in the game, while Cub pitchers surrendered more walks (8) than hits (6).   

The game was pre-planned as a ten-inning affair so that all of the pitchers who were scheduled to throw today could get their work.

In EXST Cubs roster news, AAA Iowa OF Jae-Hoon Ha (post-2013 broken wrist) has completed his EXST rehab and has rejoined the I-Cubs, and INF Giuseppe Papaccio has been moved up to AA Tennessee.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):

1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-4 (K, BB, K, 1B, K, PO)
2a. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 3-U, BB, F-8, 2 R, SB)
2b. Dalfis Ortiz, 2B: 0-1 (K)
3. Jeffrey Baez, RF-CF: 0-4 (F-8, K, BB, P-3, 6-3)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, BB, 5-3, K, 2 RBI)
5. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-3 (K, BB, BB, 3-1, K, RBI)
6. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-4 (L-4, 3-U, 3-1, K)
7. Mark Malave, C: 0-3 (BB, K, K, 4-3)
8a. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, K)
8b. Roney Alcala, PH-3B: 0-2 (4-3, 4-3)
9a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, F-7, R)
9b. Arnaldo Calero, RF: 0-1 (E-5)

1. Tyler Ihrig: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Jose Paulino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GO/FO, 24 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Hector Perez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 38 pitches (18 strikes)
4. Frailyn Figueroa: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1 BALK, 2/1 GO/FO, 31 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Greyfer Eregua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
6. Zak Hermans: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)  

1. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)
2. P Frailyn Figueroa - E-1 (overthrow on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)
3. C Mark Malave - E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)

Mark Malave: 0-1 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 


Eloy Jimenez: Bring him up!

F Valbuena

it's that time of the game...where the lefty reliever comes in to face the cubs 3-4 lefties in a row.

man on 2nd, 1 out...might be a good time to get olt in the game with valubuena's slot due, though.

...and olt it is. ...and he hits a single. corners, 1 out...woo.

rizzo sac fly, cubs lead by 1 in the top 8th. \m/

...make that 2 runs because m.holliday is a lulzy fielder.

And Olt dings his shoulder diving back into first.

Olt can motor.


veras continuing the long tradition of cardiac cubs closers.

2 on, 0 outs...

I was wondering how Jose was going to make this interesting. A nonHBP HBP never entered into it.

Veras < Hawkins < Marmol

veras sucks

Yes, yes he does.

veras really sucks, this is doug jones bad

i can't believe no one was even summoned to warm in the pen through this veras appearance.

bases loaded for lefty m.carpenter with 1 out.

keep smiling Ricky, you asshole, you blew this game

Dear Veras, don't blame the ump. Ain't the ump's fault.

the ump's zone has sucked all night, but all that wasn't on the ump f'sure. the calls veras got squeezed on didn't make/break that inning.

veras already lucked up getting a wild pitch somehow scored as a passed ball.

Pat & Ron convinced that will eventually be changed to a WP.

miracle welly got his mitt on that

Disagree. He struck out Carpenter, only the ump didn't call it. Carpenter then hit the sac fly.

Shark should step on Ricky's head on the way to kicking Veras in the sack.

That's how a real closer operates. What did that take about 2 minutes to plow through three Cub hitters?

Time for the Cubs to move yet another closer into a mop-up role.

I had zero confidence that Veras would save this game -- I'm sure the team feels the same way.

Well done,Theo and Jed. A hint -- closers that can't throw strikes are not what you should be looking for.

grimm 8 pitches...2 walks.

no one up in the pen.


K, popout, K...sweet.

to the 11th!


what the fuck...also, nice bunt fail on the safety squeeze kalish.


welly cashing that shit in. jeah.


So are 3 runs enough? I'm having trouble getting too excited yet.


cubs win and everything is alright with the world.

Now you are calling the Cubs pigs?
When will all the negativity and name calling end?!?!?!?!?!?!?


seriously, though...strap a glove on the pig and let him have a turn as closer. can't hurt.

Rondon for closer.

a.cashner threw a hell of a game vs DET last night...

9ip 1h 2bb 11k - 108 pitches 0r/er (no-hitter was broken up in the 6th)

ancient civilian roger craig (yes, he's still alive...and rather healthy looking) was on the ARZ/SF broadcast 2 nights ago calling him the most interesting pitcher he's seen in a while when asked who's piquing his interest in the current game...and cashner delivers this performance a day later.

can't complain about getting rizzo since the team needed a power bat (and his D at 1st is top notch), but it still stings it took cashner to get it done.

Let's not forget he had a somewhat worrisome injury history that probably influenced the Cubs front office at the time. Looks pretty healthy now, though.

4-6 Cubs have a 24% chance of making the playoffs, per John DeWan...


Tell you what I know they are not making playoffs but Ill watch these kids and enjoy it. Seeing Oly motoring around bases was a treat. Bring up Baez and Bryant, lets go nuts.

A' s pull their $ 10 million a year closer, Smiley says veras still closer.

/pleas stand next to Mr Quade and Mr Sveum

What? He really said that? Why wouldn't you put the guy in the 6th or 7th inning until he can get things straightened out, then move him back.

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my closers to have ERAs under 9.00.

He said that last night right after the game to reporters. He spoke with Veras this morning and is making a change.

Theo must have gave him gave him the Elmer Fudd briefing

Phil, how did Jose Paulino look?

Any scouting observations on his stuff, velocity, sink or fade, or whatever?

Decent/average arm, or does he look pretty fast?

CRAIG: Of all of the Latin pitchers making their U. S. debut at EXST, Jose Paulino has been the most-impressive (so far). He has the best command and shows the most poise, and he has a nice mix of pitches (cutter, sinker, and curve).

I mentioned in a previous comment that Paulino is a beanpole, sort of a LH version of C. J. Edwards (in terms of body-type).  

It's difficult to know a whole lot about any of the new Latin pitchers at EXST right now, because they are all still in the process of getting into game-shape. More will be known over time as they get more game reps.


Rusin up, Schlitter down.

Interesting...I thought Splitter looked pretty good except the one bad outing.
Moving Villanueva back to thr pen maybe?

Arrieta should take Rolly Fingers' spot soon, no?

Soon....good god. A meatball to the pitcher on 0 and 2
... he's just not that good. He's always been better as a reliever.

You'd never know by the box score, but Castro is getting after the ball today... wow. Good job.

Yes and thank god for instant replay. Nice to see good plays by players get rewarded.

Cubs optioned LHP Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa after the game. No word yet of who's coming up.

Parker, Ramirez, or Rosscup?

Wesley Wright still not being used.

CCO says "multiple sources" report that Blake Parker is the call up

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  • CUBSTER: I would think a cab or a limo would get Motte to the airport faster than a golf cart. The maximum speed of a golf cart is (what?) maybe 15 MPH, which could actually be dangerous on an expressway. 

  • from the Sunday Trib...

    Reliever Jason Motte waved as he left the visitor’s clubhouse at Miller Park on a golf cart en route to the airport to catch a flight to Arizona to start a rehab assignment.
    Motte has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 24 because of a right shoulder strain, but there’s a possibility he could rejoin the Cubs if they advance deep in the playoffs.
    Motte is scheduled to pitch in simulated games and in Instructional League games in Arizona.

  • 8 in a row to end the year...let's do this playoffs thing.

  • shelby miller (ATL) finishes the season with a win, snapping his 24-game winless streak...because ATL bats are non-existent.

    3.02 era, 1.25 whip, 205.1ip, 171K

    6-17 w/l...ugg.

  • Totally independent of the Cubs winning or losing today, Dan Haren came into today's game having earned $2M of his potential $3M in performance bonuses for 2015. 

    By making the start (his 32nd start of the season) he picked up $500K, and he'll get the remaining $500K if he can throw at least 8.2 IP in the game (he was at 181.1 IP coming into the game, and he needs to reach 190 IP to get the remaining $500K), 

    It's a bit like the old "Bowling for Dollars" TV show, but of course Haren is actually "Pitching for Dollars."

  • holy crap, MIL is just...awful.

  • i think he's currently playing for the Santo Domingo Meths. he's an Adderall-Star player there.

  • I'm longing for a Neifi sighting.

  • if you have stable/fast internet you can stream with and you don't mind giving up $20 a month check out "sling tv".


    TBS, TNT, ESPN 1+2, etc...100% legal.


  • 68 pitches (50 strikes)

    love seeing that...especially with the batters doing very little with it.

  • Yeah, keep him off the playoff roster.

  • Or, he's looked exactly like Ted Williams.

  • Lately he hasn't looked like Ted Williams...

  • Reading between the lines on some of his comments he seems to know his longish swing doesn't play well with a man on third and two outs, and two strikes on him. I doubt a playoff adjustment is happening, just something he'll need to figure out next year. I have this odd feeling he will.

  • Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
    Bryant leads NL rookies in HRs (26), RBIs (99), 2B (31) and runs (86). Last rookie to reach 26 HR, 99 RBI, 31 2bs, 86 runs and 74 BBs?

    Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
    Boston’s Ted Williams in 1939