D'backs Rally for Three in 8th to Edge Cubs

Ronnie Freeman lined a two-out opposite-field RBI single to right to score B. J. Lopez with the go-ahead run, as the Diamondbacks rallied for three runs in the 8th and edged the Cubs 6-5 in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.

The Cubs earlier had rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 6th to take a 5-3 lead, with a bases-loaded triple by Yasiel Balaguert and a Chadd Krist RBI single the key hits.

The Cubs got the potential tying run as far as 3rd base and the potential go-ahead run to 2nd with no outs in the bottom of the 8th, but Jorge Soler and Jacob Rogers struck out swinging, and Chadd Krist flied out to CF to end the threat.

RHP Dillon Maples got the start for the Cubs and threw 2.2 IP of no hit ball with four strikeouts. He did struggle a bit with his control at the end of his his outing, however, walking the last two men he faced after retiring the first eight in a row.

RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua followed Maples to the hill and was charged with three runs (all earned). Paniagua walked the bases loaded in the top of the 4th, and then Carlos Martinez relieved Paniagua and surrendered a bases-loaded double to Jose Munoz.

Cubs Minor League Pitching Coordinator Dennis Lewallyn has left the organization, taking a minor league coaching position with the Atlanta Braves.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Tim Saunders, LF-CF: 1-2 (1B, L-5, HBP, BB, R, SB)
2a. Albert Almora, CF: 0-0 (BB, HBP)
2b. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 2-2 (3B, 1B, R, 3 RBI)
3. Jorge Soler, RF: 0-4 (6-3 DP, L-4 DP, K, K)
4a. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-2 (F-7, 1B)
4b. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-1 (BB, K)
5. Chadd Krist, DH #1: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 1B, F-8, R, RBI)
6a. Stephen Bruno, 2B: 1-2 (1B, F-8)
6b. Ben Carhart, 3B: 0-1 (P-6, BB)
7a. Marco Hernandez, SS: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI, CS)
7b. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Jesse Hodges, DH #2: 0-4 (5-3, F-9, 5-3, K)
9. David Bote, 3B-2B: 1-2 (HBP, F-8, BB, 1B, SB)
10. Rafael Lopez, DH-C: 1-3 (F-8, BB, 1B, 4-3, R, CS)
11a. Lance Rymel, C-DH: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)
11b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 3rd TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Dillon Maples: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 41 pitches (24 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Juan Carlos Paniagua: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 BALK, 34 pitches (17 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
3. Carlos Martinez: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 43 pitches (25 strikes), 4/3 GO/FO
4. Trey Lang: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 32 pitches (15 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
5. Ryan McNeil: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 18 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

CUBS ERRORS (1):
SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (errant throw to 1st base attempting to complete 6-3 DP allowed batter to advance to 2nd base - eventually scored unearned run)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Lance Rymel: 0-2 CS
2. Rafael Lopez: 1-1 CS

WEATHER: Sunny and hot with temperatures in the mid-90’s

ATTENDANCE: 18 (mostly scouts)

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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 7 hours 51 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 8 hours 11 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 8 hours 13 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 8 hours 20 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 10 hours 37 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 11 hours 12 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 11 hours 16 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 11 hours 21 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 11 hours 26 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 12 hours 29 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 14 hours 24 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 14 hours 38 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 15 hours 8 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 15 hours 24 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 19 hours 18 min ago view