Cubs Whitewash Dodgers at Fitch Park

Four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Cubs blanked the Dodgers 2-0 in AZ Instructional League action this aftenoon at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa.

Both Daury Torrez and Jose Rosario threw three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts, but Rosario was especially effective, retiring nine of the ten men he faced (allowing no hits and one walk as he recorded the rare three-inning save).  

Dodgers pitchers were just about as good, as starter James Campbell and four relievers combined to allow just three singles and one walk. Both of the Cub runs were unearned, thanks to four Dodger errors. 

The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by Cubs CF Rashad Crawford, who raced at full speed into the right-center alley before making an inning-ending diving catch in front of the warning track, robbing Adam Law of an extra-base hit.

Ben Carhart made his AZIL game debut at catcher, and he handled himself fairly well, although he did allow a Passed Ball during his five innings behind the plate.  

RHP Arodys Vizcaino (60-day DL - 2011 TJS rehab) threw a 45-pitch three-inning "sim" game on Field #3 this morning prior to the Cubs-Dodgers AZIL game, and he looked good. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-3 (5-3, P-4, F-7)
2. Jacob Hannemann, DH #1: 1-3 (F-7, 5-3, 1B)
3. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 4-3)
4. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-2 (1B, BB, 5-3, R, SB)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, K)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (L-4, 4-3, 4-3, RBI)
7. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 0-3 (5-4-3 DP, F-9, P-4)
8a. Ben Carhart, C: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8b. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (4-3)
9. Tyler Alamo, DH #2: 0-3 (E-6, K, 4-3, R)
10. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (E-1, 4-3, 4-3)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 2.0 IP, 2 H. 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 37 pitches (17 strikes)  
2. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Daury Torrez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/FO, 44 pitches (25 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ben Carhart: 1 PB
2. Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 14

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's  

Comments

minor league transactions...from BA

Chicago Cubs
Signed: RHP Marcus Hatley (re-signed), 2B Edgar Gonzalez (re-signed), OF Jonathan Mota (re-signed)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Trey McNutt, RHP Zach Putnam, C J.C. Boscan, OF Darnell McDonald, OF Thomas Neal (all players outrighted to Triple-A)

btw, jc boscan has elected to become a FA.

...also of note, TOR removed r.romero from their 40-man...he's owed $15m over the next 2 seasons with a 600K buyout in 2016...mad fail.

The six Cubs outrighted to the minors this week:

1. Trey McNutt: Does NOT have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted (he has not been outrighted prevously in his career, he has not accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time, and he is not eligible for Salary Arbitration as a "Super Two"), and he cannot be a Rule 55 minor league FA (so-called "six-year minor league free-agent") until post-2015, but he will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft this year and in December 2014 unless he is added back an MLB 40-man roster in the meantime,

2-3-4. Rafael Dolis, Thomas Neal, and Zach Putnam: Do NOT have the right elect free-agency if outrighted, but all three will automatically be declared Rule 55 minor league free-agents at 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series, unless the player signs a 2014 minor league successor contract between now & then, in which case the player would be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft.

5. J. C. Boscan: Was eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted per Article XX-D of the CBA (which he did) because he had been outrighted previously in his career. He can now sign a 2014 major league or minor league with any club, including the Cubs.

6. Darnell McDonald: Like Boscan, McDonald can elect free-agency if outrighted per Article XX-D of the CBA (he has eight days to decide) because he has been outrighted previously in his career (he also has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time). If McDonald does not elect free-agency per Article XX-D, he would automatically be declared a Rule 55 minor league free-agent at 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series, unless he signs a 2014 minor league successor contract between now & then, in which case he would be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft.  

ARTICLE XX-D CUBS MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS POST-2013:
J. C. Boscan, C (elected 10/10)
Michael Bowden, RHP (elected 10/1)
Darnell McDonald, OF (player decision pending)  
Henry Rodriguez, RHP  (player decision pending)
Eduardo Sanchez, RHP (elected 10/1)

Marcus Hatley, Edgar Gonzalez, and Jonathon Mota are the first of the Cubs potential post-2013 Rule 55 minor league free-agents to sign 2014 minor league successor contracts. All three will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, however.  

Here are the other potential Cub post-2013 Rule 55 minor league FA. Note tha the player cannot be a FA if he is added to an MLB 40-man roster or if the player & club agree to a 2014 minor league successor contract prior to 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series...  

POTENTIAL CUBS MLB RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS POST-2013:

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT
:
Jeffry Antigua, LHP
Kyler Burke, LHP
Alex Burnett, RHP
Yeiper Castillo, RHP
Jaye Chapman, RHP
Johermyn Chavez, RHP (ex-OF)
Rafael Dolis, RHP
Eduardo Figueroa, RHP
Cole Gillespie, OF
Marcos Mateo, RHP
Edwin Maysonet, INF
Thomas Neal, OF
Brad Nelson, 1B
Nate Samson, IF-OF
Tim Torres, IF-OF
Casey Weathers, RHP
Ty Wright, OF

SECOND-CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT
Michael de la Cruz, RHP (previously released by TEX)
Carlos Figueroa, INF (previously released by CHC)
Humberto Garcia, INF (previously released by CHW)
Nate Maldonado, C (previously released by CHC)
Yomar Pacheco, RHP (previously released by PIT)
Zach Putnam, RHP (previously non-tendered by CHC)
Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP (previously released by TB)
Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP (previously released by AZ)
Roberto Vahlis, C (previously released by TOR)

Thanks for the updates. With LA-STL-BOS-DET, any Cub news is welcome news.

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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "thet never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 4 min 25 sec ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 45 min 9 sec ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 1 hour 30 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 5 hours 1 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 9 hours 31 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 42 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 47 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 52 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 1 hour ago view