Golden Bear Cub Comes Through When It Counts

Brett Jackson rifled an RBI single into the LF corner with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to score Jim Adduci from 2nd base with the winning run, as the Cubs scored one in the 8th and one in the 9th to edge the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in Cactus League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in sunny & warm Mesa this afternoon.

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Randy Wells got the start for the Cubs today, and threw four shutout innings (57 pitches - 35 strikes, 6/3 GO/FO), allowing a single and a walk while striking out two. Kerry Wood pitched the 5th and struck out the side (S. Duncan-Valbuena-Donald) after allowing a lead-off single to Travis Buck, and Andrew Cashner pitched the final four innings (55 pitches - 33 strikes), allowing one run (a solo HR by Jayson Nix, the second batter Cashner faced). Cashner's command was a little bit spotty, but he got a ton of ground balls (7/1 GO/FO), and may have taken the lead in the battle for the 5th starter job (with Randy Wells now solidly #4) with his performance today. For the day, Cashner allowed just the one run (the Nix HR) on three hits and a walk, plus three stikeouts and one GIDP, in 4.0 IP.  

Meanwhile, Cleveland pitchers threw 5.2 IP of no-hit ball at the Cubs, as Tribe starter Justin Masterson threw three perfect innings (with five strikeouts) and Jeanmar Gomez followed with three innings of one-hit shutout ball (including three punch-outs). The Cubs didn't even have a baserunner until one out in the bottom of the 6th, when Koyie Hill drew a walk. But with pitcher Andrew Cashner at bat, Hill was thrown out at 2nd base on a busted "butcher boy" hit & run play where Cash faked the bunt and then swung away (and missed), and then Cashner immediately followed the Hill CS with a line-drive single to left, the Cubs first hit of the day.  

Down 1-0 going into the bottom of the 8th, Marquez Smith ripped a one-out double down the left-field line off Frank Herrmann, advanced to 3rd base on a Wild Pitch, and then scored when Indians catcher Chun-Hsiu Chen made an inadvisable (and errant) throw to 3rd base trying to nab Smith (who had already arrived at the bag). Chen had a bad day behind the dish today, with the critical E-5 and a PB.

With the score tied 1-1, Jim Adduci led-off the bottom of the 9th for the Cubs, beating out an infield hit. Fernando Perez then laid down a bunt and reached safely on a SH-FC when Cleveland pitcher Vinny Pestana tried to force the speedy Adduci at 2nd base (Pestana had absolutely no chance). But Scott Moore popped-out into short LF and Josh Vitters popped out to right-center, leaving it up to Brett Jackson (the Cubs 2009 1st round draft pick out of Cal), who came into the AB hitting .063 (1-16) in Cactus League action. And the Golden Bear came through, hammering the first pitch he saw into the LF corner, scoring Adduci from 2nd base with the winning run. 

Today was "Ron Santo Day" at HoHoKam Park, with a pre-game ceremony featuring the Ricketts Family, Ferguson Jenkins, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, and Ronnie's wife and kids. There were a lot of #10 jerseys at HoHoKam today.


Great as usual AZ Phil.

How did Colvin look at firstbase?

Submitted by QuietMan on Thu, 03/10/2011 - 7:17pm.
Great as usual AZ Phil.

How did Colvin look at firstbase?


Q-MAN: I like what I've seen of Tyler Colvin at 1st base (so far). He has the actions of a 1st baseman (not hard to understand since he played there in HS and in his Freshman year at Clemson), and can make all the plays. I'm not saying he's Gold Glove material, but he's not bad.

But Colvin has really been struggling with his outfield play in Cactus League games. He has misplayed and misjudged several pop ups and line-drives, and just doesn't look comfortable out there. I guess some would wonder if working out at 1st base has had a negative impact on how he is performing defensively in the outfield, but I don't know if that's true. Colvin was never a good defensive outfielder in the minors (passable is how I would describe him, with plus-range and an adequate arm but poor instincts).

vs Phils...

Prior, P 0.2 1 3 1 2 2 0 2.45

Who's that?

Nicely done.

Today is the first day since the end of the World Series that Draft-Excluded Players (anyone eligible for selection in last December's Rule 5 Draft who was added to a 40-man roster after August 15th) can be sent to the minors by outright or optional assignment. The four Draft-Excluded Players presently on the Cubs 40-man roster are Alberto Cabrera, Robert Coello, Scott Maine, and Kyle Smit.

And next Tuesday is the last day clubs can option or outright an injured player to the minors, as long as the player did not accrue any MLB Service Time last season. So the Cubs have to make sure to send Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, and Kyle Smit (the four players presently on the Cubs 40-man roster who did not accrue MLB Service Time last season) to the minors by next Tuesday. Otherwise, if the player is not sent to the minors by Tuesday and then gets hurt, or reports an injury that the player claims occurred sometime earlier, the club has to place the player on its MLB 15-day (or 60-day) Disabled List and pay the player at the major league rate (at least $414K pro-rated) while on the DL, and the player also accrues MLB service time for as long as he is on the DL, too. So I would very much expect the Cubs to option Cabrera, Dolis, Gaub, and Smit to the minors by no later than Tuesday (probably after the weekend Vegas trip).

Minor League Spring Taining games start next Thursday, so I would expect the younger NRI players in camp (like Carpenter, Clevenger, B. Jackson, J. Jackson, McNutt, and Vitters) to get sent to Minor League Camp by next Monday or Tuesday. The younger NRI players are not competing for big league jobs (at this time). Rather, they were invited mainly so that the player can get a feel for the big league environment, and so that the manager and coaches can get to know the player's personality and the player's strength and weaknesses for future reference.

Next Tuesday is also the last day a player signed to a non-guaranteed major league contract can be released where the club only has to pay him 30 days salary (about 1/6 of his 2011 salary) as termination pay. Players with non-guaranteed major league contracts who are released anytime starting next Wednesday up until MLB Opening Day get 45 days salary (about 1/4 of their 2011 salary) as termination pay. All major league contracts become guaranteed starting on MLB Opening Day, and so a player released after the start of the MLB regular season gets 100% of his salary as temination pay (minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minumum salary if the player subsequently signs a major league contract with a different club), regardless of whether or not the player signed a guaranteed major league contract.

In addition, it's very possible that one or more of the MLB veterans signed by the Cubs to minor league contracts during the off-season (OF Reed Johnson, RHP Braden Looper, INF Augie Ojeda, and RHP Todd Wellemeyer) have an opt-out clause in their contract where the player can demand his release if he's not added to the Cubs 40-man roster (and 25-man roster) by a certain date (usually MLB Opening Day). All things being equal, having an opt-out clause might have an impact on whether a player is cut or not, and that's why (for example) Reed Johnson might win the backup OF job over Fernando Perez (who has one minor league option left), why Augie Ojeda might win the middle-infield back-up gig over Darwin Barney (who the Cubs might want to play everyday at Iowa), and why Wellemeyer and/or Looper might capture a slot on the pitching staff when other pitchers (who have options remaining) have performed just as well.

The Cubs have released 21-year old 6'5 Australian LHP Cody Hams. He's the former cricket star (bowler) who paid his own way to the MLB Australian Baseball Academy in 2007 to try his hand at something called "baseball." The second baseball game he ever saw was one where he was the starting pitcher. (Talk about a blank slate!).

The Cubs liked what they saw of Hams and gave him a $150K bonus to sign in March 2008. He apparently did not progress as fast as the Cubs had hoped, however, although I thought that he would get at least another year to prove himself given his lack of baseball background and a solid performance working out of the bullpen in the AZL last summer.

With Hams having just been released, and with RHP Adam Spencer and OF Sean Williams getting released a year ago, only one Australian player (RHP Ryan Searle) is left in the Cubs minor league system.

Thanks PHIL.

Of the top of my head only Grant Balfour comes to mind as an Aussie playing in the MLB.

Any others?

Wow, leave it to wiki to have an entire page for this.

That has still got to be the worst name ever for a pitcher... it's like naming a soccer defender "Trip Penaltybox".

Or a tennis player "Unfor Sterror"?

Or a basketballer "Hack Threeshooter".

Hamms the beer refreshing!

'from the land of sky blue waters...'

Don't know if this is 3/44, Young put Cubs on ok list to be traded to according the Bourbon meister-

The entire extent of the SunTimes' coverage of yesterday's game:

At the plate: Outfielder Brett Jackson gave the Cubs the win in the ninth with a single to left field, which was just one of four hits the North Siders had on the day. They also went a dismal 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

On the mound: Right-hander Randy Wells continued to make his bid for a spot in the starting rotation, pitching four shutout innings and allowing just one hit, while fanning two and walking one. Kerry Wood also threw a scoreless inning, while Andrew Cashner picked up the win.

Up next: vs. White Sox, CSN, 670-AM,

Chirinos walk-off home run yesterday. Video here.

He's now at .389 .476 .944, and they had him playing some first base earlier in the week. Three passed balls, so far, though.

Gaub and Caridad optioned

Greg Maddux's high school scouting report

h/t to Hardball Talk

"lacks overall control"

heheh... bitches...

Very cool, though.

You got me interested in who the scout was, and I found this recent piece:

whitesox announce crew on the chc/wsox game...special torture.

c.pena finally homers...

What does this comment have to do with the announcing crew?

your mom.

not much love for andy sisco with the wsox GM and announce crew...cold.

But lots of love for Demp and Marshall.

chuck greenberg steps down as rangers CEO...nolan ryan now president + CEO.

Jonathan Mayo's Cubs' top 10 with some video and writeup.

Yes, that is the headline on the article, lower case letters and all.

Doesn't Hayden Simpson on any of these lists just invalidate any of these guys as "prospect gurus"?

How can you rank someone you didn't know about last year before the draft, haven't see pitch since, but since the Cubs took him in the first round, he must be okay. Just say I copy and paste what people tell me and I'm really no different then your average shitty blogger (points at self), but I have a better website.


You're a bitchslap guru.

Well it's possible he's seen him pitch, but it's impossible for anyone to have a really good scouting take on every minor leaguer, so you've got to take input and advise from other people. If you just got by what the Cubs say - he throws 95+ with three other workable pitches - he's the top prospect in the system, so Mayo (and others) have already knocked him down a few pegs.

F. Perez not fast enough to beat out the weak-ass double play grounder to end the top of the 7th

Cub Carpenter in...first time I've seen him...big dude.

-edit--haha, that's cause it's Thomas Diamond

wsox announcers are totally lost.

too lazy to pick up a media guide or roster...there's numbers on the backs of the jerseys, guy.

"nice pick by the 3rd baseman...whoever that might be."

or turn on MLB Gameday

Steve Stone

Scott Maine in..."We have no numbers on him, but we assume he has them."

WSox must make a huge profit from strawberry lemondade cause they keep showing the vendors for some reason.

T. Diamond

Long FO-8, FO-7, BB, single on a sharp grounder to 3b that Moore stopped but bounced the throw, GO-6-4

Lastings Milledge is a White Sox apparently..

Jake Fox is crushing the ball in spring training for the O's


FO-8, GO 6-3, GO 6-3

Ninja still sucks

3 runs so far in bottom of 9th including 2-run HR by Milledge

-edit- 2 flyouts to end it c'mon...3 run 9th, 2 outs so far

also, yet another homer where adults barrel over kids in the OF to catch a ball.

i've seen a LOT of this this spring. saw it twice earlier in the week during a LAD game where a kid got absolutely plastered.

i'm yet to see one of these class acts give the ball to a kid, either...especially one they trampled over.

Well, come on, it is a spring training HR ball off the bat of Lastings Milledge, that's a high value item.

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  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 7 min 27 sec ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 7 min 59 sec ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 32 min 18 sec ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 35 min 39 sec ago view
  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 2 hours 26 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 15 min ago view