Cubs Drop One to Diamondbacks, Tie the Other

John Leonard belted an RBI triple, singled twice, and scored a run, and Carter Bell drilled a two-run double, as one squad of Diamondbacks defeated one squad of Cubs 5-2 on Field #3, while on Field #4, 16-year old Sergio Alcantara doubled, tripled, and scored a run and Michael Brenly singled, doubled, and scored two runs for the Diamondbacks, and Neftali Rosario singled, walked, scored a run, and knocked-in another for the Cubs, as the two squads played to a 4-4 tie, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader action this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.



Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):

FITCH PARK FIELD #3

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-4 (K, F-9, L-1, K)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 2-3 (4-3, 1B, 1B, RBI)
3. David Bote, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, 1-3)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
5a. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 0-2 (6-3, L-8)
5b. Roberto Caro, LF: 0-1 (K)
6. Brad Zapenas, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, E-4, 6-U FC, R)
7. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 6-3, RBI)
8. Alberto Mineo, DH: 0-2 (K, 1-3, BB)
9. Lance Rymel, C: 0-1 (BB, F-8, HBP, R, PO)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 38 pitches (26 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
2. Anthony Prieto: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 36 pitches (20 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of the 5th inning was stopped with two outs when Prieto reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the day
3. Carlos Martinez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2 GIDP, 32 pitches (17 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1
SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (throwing error on FC allowed baserunner on 3rd base to score unearned run) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Lance Rymel: 0-1 CS

FITCH PARK FIELD #4

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1a. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 0-3 (K, L-6, K)
1b. Shawon Dunston Jr, PH: 0-1 (P-5)
2. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 0-1 (BB, HBP, K)
3. Jose Dore, 3B: 0-3 (K, K, K)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, R)
5. Francisco Sanchez, SS: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K, R) 
6. Neftali Rosario, C: 1-2 (1B, 5-3, BB, R, RBI)
7. Wilfredo Petit, 1B: 0-3 (6-4-3 DP, F-8, 3-U)
8. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (K, L-8, 1B, R, RBI)
9. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-1 (BB, 4-3, F-7 SF, RBI, PO) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Trey Lang: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 52 pitches (30 striikes), 6/0 GO/FO
2. James Pugliese: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 39 pitches (25 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
3. Mike Hamann: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 26 pitches (18 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Tyler Bremer: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 17 pitches (8 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 2
1. P Trey Lang - E-1 (overthrow on attempted FC at 2nd base allowed baserunner to reach basse safely)
2. SS Francisco Sanchez - E-6 (throwing error at 1st base on infield single allowed runner at 3rd base to score unearned run)

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Neftali Rosario; 1-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 15

WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's


 

Comments

Padres getting Crunch'd by Feldman, striking out the side two innings in a row

Fun Rizzo fact: His BABIP is .222. If his BABIP was .280, his batting average would be .296. His BABIP last year was .311, and about .300 is league average.

Who the hell does he think he is? Dave Kingman?

i.stewart 0-4 tonight...4/44 (.091) with 1 double, 0bb

vitters got his 1st start, played LF, 0-3 1bb

The single plane experiment needs to end NOW.

feldman complete game win...114 pitches

9ip 3h 1bb 12k - 2er (both solo HR)

first CG, career high Ks

And down in Hades, the devil adds another signed contract to the "F" file.

Right between Jaimie Farr and Peter Frampton

Well played, sir, well played.

Paul Sullivan blocked me on Twitter (because I suggested he was miserable doing a job others would love). Not sure if I should be insulted or pleased.

Haha, tell him to get off his high horse

/jockey

Kind of like hitting Castro lower in the order.

Omg three incredible defensive plays in a row by Castro and Rizzo in the 7th inning. Rizzo almost brained himself on the 2nd.

Incredible good?

Yep

Sleepaway Camp

Love the implosion! Travis Wood must be depressed with the game outcomes this year. He has turned into.a.nice asset for the club. Yet fucked over once again by the manager's decisions and a crap Ass reliever.

anyone find video of Beefy's "brain camp" that's filling up my twitter timeline? He seems to think he lost the game for the team.

welly made a comment after the game "I feel like I lost the game." on the passed ball.

the pitch missed it's target by a couple of feet, though...unless he was supposed to be set up high and outside rather than low and inside.

he did "screw up" by jogging after the ball to retrieve it rather than hustling after it after the passed ball, though. it's not shocking he missed the passed ball based on where he was set up to receive the pitch (unless he was crossed up on the sign), but it was weird how casual he was going after it. the runner took his cue to break for home based on the lack of hustle for the ball f'sure.

i just finished watching the game after a busy day/evening away from the world of baseball...it was a game of killer cubs D followed by classic cubs lack of D late-inning piling on top of itself. the borbon catch at the wall...the rizzo catch...both some of the best of the year so far.

Tweets made it sound like Castillo was primarily apologizing for the lack of hustle when he retrieved the passed ball. There was an "I'm not that kind of player" comment that only makes sense to me in that context.

"I'm not that kind of player"

Except when he's on the base paths where he has "brain cramps" also.

I don't think managerial decisions played much into this loss. Rather some horrible luck on not very well hit balls and a poor decision by Castillo. Still I do believe you loved the implosion though. You must hate the good defense Castro has been playing.

"Love the implosion" was [sarcastic]. You mean Castro's 13th of 14th players NL Fielding percentage? Is that the "good defense" you mean? Or, the 5 errors? Yeah, he has made some spectacular, highlight plays - but still a below-average fielder for the most important position on the field. I wouldn't mind some consistency finally after three years of playing full-time.

It doesn't really matter this year - but it would be nice to see this.

I suppose that luck did have something to do with today's loss. But it seems like this year when Shawn Camp is in - bad things happen.

Ugh fielding % (and errors). It's like judging a hitter by RBIs or average. Everything I read and saw last year said he did improve quite a bit last year from subpar to average and a cursory look through fielding stats seems to support that. I didn't see the first part of this season when he committed his errors but since then his defense has looked average to good and his bat is picking up too, along with Rizzo, who people also started bashing because of a couple weeks of work.

I have no problem with his hitting. Especially for the age he is at. The kid can hit. Which covers up his defensive mediocrity. We will see in September where his defensive stats end up, but I really hope he can turn into a Gold Glove caliber fielder like Darwin Barney - who is steady as shitty weather in April. At the very least, I will take average on a consistent basis with a dramatic reduction in errors.

I don't think he's a mediocre fielder. He's improved his defense a lot, and has had to take his lumps in front of the camera, instead of down in the minors like most guys his age. Most of his bad plays are bone head plays and they seem to have mostly happened early in the year. He works well with Barney, too. That crazy flip Barney made to him with his mitt was well timed, and a mediocre fielder would have botched his part of it.

http://nesn.com/2013/05/cubs-julio-borbon-fakes-being-hit-by-pitch-in-hi...

I presume folks won't be as angry about this one as the time Berkman faked getting hit?

Stewart to be activated from DL and optioned to Iowa.

Garza could be back as soon as May 17th-19th for series vs. Mets (just 3 rehab starts).

so says rotoworld...

Plane crash

According to the Kentucky Derby vet Paul Sullivan, Ian Stewart shut down his twitter account after complaining about AAA umps.

Yeah Ian, umps fault

For those who haven't already seen these, they are pretty cool.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ktlincoln/this-baseball-gi...

very cool...

soriano Ks with the bases loaded, 3-2 count, and 1 out on a curve ball in the dirt that wasn't even in the strike zone before it started to break into the dirt.

classic.

...and why is sureholds hitting vs. marshall with harriston on the bench waiting?

...and a ground out.

cubs score -3- vs chapman in the 9th...and he's done.

bases loaded, 2 out, down by 1...drama.

...and it's up to 0-4, 2 DP on the day d.barney.

make that 0-5...reds win.

hell of an inning vs chapman, though.

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  • he subscribes to my twitter, he's beyond TCR. #yolo #swag

    crunch 18 min 20 sec ago view
  • Whoops. Maddon must have been reading TCR (for his daily crunch) and got confused.

    CTSteve 20 min 47 sec ago view
  • kuhl is a righty, not a lefty.

    i think maddon might think kuhl is a lefty, too. i wonder what the reasoning is for baez leading off vs a rightie.

    crunch 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • "trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo."

    that's from my 1st post. there's no suck involved in that. maybe with a few less posts about bullshit that point would have jumped out more.

    crunch 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • crunch - you do know that, taking defense out of the equation, Trout has led the AL in wRC+ each of those years, right?

    And, if you want to complain about position adjustment (which would be serious #crunchsplaining), he's been in the top 3 in the AL in WC (not park/league/position adjusted). And the only players ahead of him (if there were any players ahead of him) in any of those years have been DHs or 1B that play lousy defense.

    But sure - Trout sucks (or at least isn't as good as WAR says). Because it factors in defense and position.

    big_lowitzki 2 hours 53 min ago view
  • early tim tebow stuff rolling in...

    ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm a few times, but average-at best on most of his throws...hit a few over the fence (both fields), fouled or weak contact a few...he's got a touch of power

    it'll be interesting to see who bites on this project, if anyone. he probably projected himself out of RF and into LF/1st because of his arm, but unless he can make that power work on a steady basis it'll be hard for him to play himself up anyone's system.

    crunch 3 hours 38 min ago view
  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 25 min ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 6 hours 9 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 12 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 6 hours 20 min ago view
  • i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.

    the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.

    some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.

    crunch 6 hours 33 min ago view