Even Angels Evil Twins Can't Prevent Victory at Diablo

The EXST Angels banged-out 13 hits including four doubles and two triples en route to an 8-4 victory over the EXST Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park in Tempe.

Kyung-Min Na provided most of the offense for the Cubs, collecting three hits (two singles and a double) and three RBI.

Augie Ojeda continued his rehab assignment, getting five more AB (one in each of the first five innings), and (once again) going 0-5 (line-drive out to RF that was turned into a DP, pop-out to the first-baseman in foul territory, an inning-ending 6-4-3 GIDP, a called third strike, and a ground out.

The game was full of errors and misplays of all kinds.

The Angels had five runners thrown out on the bases (one trying to score from 2nd base on a single to CF, one for missing 2nd base on what should have been a triple, one at 3rd base trying to stretch a double into a triple when he slowed down to slide, one picked-off 1st base, and one thrown out trying to steal 3rd base with no outs).

Meanwhile, one Cub base-runner was doubled-off 2nd base on a line-drive out to RF (and it wasn’t a hit & run, either), and another was picked-off 2nd base with Cubs slugger Reggie Golden at the plate representing the tying run.

Also, Cub defenders committed three errors (one throwing, one fielding, and one Catcher’s Interference), and allowed the Angels to score a runner from 2nd base on a bunt. In the immortal words of Jack Benny, “Follow this”... Runner at 2nd base and no outs... Angel batter lays a bunt down the third base line... Cubs let the ball roll, hoping it will go foul... It does not... Cubs just stand around marveling at their bad luck as the Angel hitter takes second base (nobody covering) and runner who was on second base scores (nobody covering home, either).

Needless to say, if somebody had to miss an Extended Spring Training game, this was the one to miss.

Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):

NOTE: Augie Ojeda was a DH and had five AB (going 0-5), batting third in the top of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings, and first in the top of the 4th and 5th innings.

X. Augie Ojeda, DH #1: 0-5 (L-9 DP, P-3, 6-4-3 DP, K, 4-1)
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3, 2B, 3 RBI, PO)
2. Pin-Chieh Chen, DH#2: 1-4 (4-U FC, 1B, F-8, K, SB)
3b. Eduardo Gonzalez, DH #3: 0-2 (F-7, L-5)
4. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-3 (3-U, K, K)
5. Dustin Harrington, 2B: 1-3 (F-9, F-7,1B, R)
6. Wilson Contreras, 1B: 0-2 (F-9, K, BB, R)
7a. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
8b. Brian Inoa, DH-C: 1-2 (F-7, 1B, R)
9. Xavier Batista, LF: 0-2 (F-8, BB, 5-3)
10. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, P-4)
11. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-1 (3B, BB, BB, R)

1. Willengton Cruz: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 46 pitches (31 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
2. Dustin Fitzgerald: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 48 pitches (28 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
3. Alvido Jimenez: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 31 pitches (15 strikes), 0/3 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 32 pitches (18 strikes), 0/5 GO/FO

1. 3B Dustin Geiger - E5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Wes Darvill - E6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)
3. C Brian Inoa - E2 (Catcher’s Interference allowed batter to reach base safely)

1. Yaniel Cabezas: 1-1 CS
2. Brian Inoa: 1 E (see above)

1. CF Kyung-Min Na threw out runner 8-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line-drive single to CF
2. RF Reggie Golden helped to throw out runner 9-4-5 trying to stretch a double into a triple


WEATHER: Mostly sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s



Doug Davis to start Saturday vs. Giants

85mph of awesomeness...sigh 2011 cubs...

Is that Paul Mooney, the black comedian? :)

Ask a black dude

Same dude says Soto confident he'll back in 15 days, will rehab in AZ next week.


Jay Mariotti is doing great...

I just saw that on the Chicago Tribune's site and was coming over to share it. What a moron.

For years he's criticized athletes for their idiotic behavior and he's no different.


“Absolutely. Probably sooner than later. We like to get somebody involved right away. He’s a good-looking player, a good-looking prospect. He’ll split some time with Hilly, for sure. Things get earned around here. He didn’t come here to solely back up Hill once in awhile.”


“He can really throw,” Q said. “But the mental aspect of calling a game, catching a game, handling a pitching staff, part of that’s knowledge, and a lot of that’s experience. And getting that group (of pitchers), how are they going to buy into you? How are you going to earn that pitching staff’s respect. Physically, he’ll block balls and throw people out. But working together with guys, especially with some of our veteran guys, he can learn a lot from them. Very few young catchers come up and have if figured out.”

of course Hill hasn't learned how to hit yet, but make the kid earn his spot.



Welington Castillo gets one start per week.

Anyone in the Chicago area getting the game in HD on Comcast? My CSN Chicago HD is blacked out, I'm only getting the game in SD. ESPN is covering the game also, but that's subbed in with ESPN News, so no HD coverage of the game, and I'm not on a dish, I have Comcast cable. What bastards.

BTW, more storms heading through the Chicago suburbs on the way towards Wrigley.

Koyie Hill has a lightening bolt with his name on it.

Watched hd comcast

Here the game came on just over 2 1/2 hours after it began.

Comcast tech guy finally responded...

"There was an outage in an Ad Zone that feeds Some towns in the West Chicago area. Channel is backup."

My question now is two fold, 1, what is an Ad Zone? and 2, why did it only affect CSN Chicago? No other channel I could find was down. I think they turned the channel off because it was also on ESPN (which was also blacked out here).

bases loaded for Cubs, 0 outs

sad when a single run will be an accomplishment

on cue, double play on a Soriano fly out

wasted Garza start looming now with rain delay after 3rd.

looks like he's staying in and Pena with a double with runners on base.

Miracles do happen.

Injury report:

Lead-off hitter Brett Jackson hurt a finger on his left hand on a steal in the opening inning. Jackson left for Chicago to see a hand specialist and will miss at least the next two games.

A day after pitching just one one inning, Chiefs pitcher Hayden Simpson participated in pre-game workouts. Chiefs manager Casey Kopitzke said: “All indications are that he’s fine and will be all right. The doctor said there’s nothing that stands out so we’ll go from there.”

sigh...if you're going to steal a base diving hands-first...dive through the base, not to the base.

r.henderson put up with a little upper body bruising so he didn't have to put up with a lot of broken fingers.

Whatever happened to teaching the fine art of the feet-first slide?

Jackson was actually picked off second after he stole it, so that may be where the head-first slide and the injury happened.

Jackson is a little big and heavy (6'2, 210) for his active lifestyle. He may have a career with some of the interruptions that Carlos Beltran has experienced.

Thanks for the details.

Have any of our medical professionals heard about this and care to comment?

From Rotoworld:
It's been revealed that Bartolo Colon had a procedure in April of 2010 where Dr. Joseph R. Purita used fat and bone marrow stem cells from Colon and injected them back into Colon’s elbow and shoulder.It was an experimental procedure that had never been performed before, with the goal being to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff for Colon. Given Colon's results so far this season, the procedure would seem to have the potential to become prevalent in the game going forward. "This is not hocus-pocus," Purita said. "This is the future of sports medicine, in particular. Here it is that I got a guy back playing baseball and throwing pitches at 95 miles an hour."



Purita uses P.R.P. injections with H.G.H. to treat many ligament, tendinitis and arthritic conditions, as well as muscle injuries and torn rotator cuffs.

Isn't HGH banned? I am confused.

Nevermind... I understand now. I was just not understanding the article at first.

hill hits for the bicycle!

"Barney has always profiled best as a utility infielder. Even with his hot start this year, that remains true in the long run. He reportedly underwent a rigorous workout program this winter. While it is tempting to attribute his success to that, given the small samples involved and his lack of improved Isolated Power, I wouldn't jump to conclusions that his talent profile has truly changed. Expect his bat to come back to earth, but also expect to see him on major league rosters for the next decade."


vs. lefty Garcia

ss castro, 2b barney, cf byrd, 3b ramy, rf baker, 1b pena, lf soriano, c castillo, p coleman

Clevenger gets call up to Iowa btw to take Castillo's spot.

B. Jackson's injury is to ligament of left pinkie, no broken bones.

Hollandsworth on Cubs pre-game was just saying Colvin should go to AAA to get AB's. Missed the first part of the conversation, don't know if he and Kaplan were suggesting it or if someone from the Cubs might be discussing it. Not sure who would come up. Perez? I think he's struggling down there.

Steve Clevenger of course!!!!

I would assume Luis Montanez is the current hot bat if they want someone with versatility.

Micah Hoffpauir, I mean, Bryan LaHair is the only other hot bat down there, but he's only DH'd and played 1b this year. He has tried LF and RF in previous seasons.

Campana is holding his own, but I would assume they'd want someone that could hit an XBH from the left side to replace Colvin.

I'd kind of like to see Montanez finally get to the majors with the Cubs, even though it will likely be very short.

finally get to the majors?
He played three years with the Orioles.

"with the Cubs"

Yes, with the Cubs.


well, then, you can have Montanez, I can't wait for Albert Pujols to finally make it to the majors with the Cubs.

What round did the Cubs draft Pujols in again?

AZ Phil was right, Castillo starting with Coleman on the mound.

I'd rather see John Riggans as our pitching coach, at least he'd come out and yell and stir things up. Probably dropping liquor bottles as he goes.

So much for Coleman having a good day and us winning the rubber game.

walk the 8th hitter to load the bases and give up a hit to the pitcher....

and Cubs set to lose another series, would drop them to 4-7-1

does clear up my afternoon though...

Len Kasper just said ARam is flying back to the Dominican for a family matter and will miss Friday's game. He's expected back for Saturday night's game.

that' ll be a tough one for the Cubs to overcome

Lefty Bumgarner going tomorrow, meaning Jeff Baker starts somewhere, might see Reed Johnson in RF and Baker at 3b

PED break.

When will his performance start being enhanced?

back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back singles and the cubs are back in it.

must be a good hitting pitcher

(goes to Baseball Reference)


walk guy in front of Pujols to load bases is right up there with banging a prostitute without a condom among good ideas

and Pujols grounds out of course...

was subjected to al hrabosky last night until i found the mute button; ye gods man, shut up! he even blasted aram for his positioning as the on-deck hitter signalling a runner to slide @ the plate...finally, can people please stop attributing shrinking crowds to poor spring weather?! the organization is caught in a perfect storm whirlpool of shitty team, exorbitant ticket prices & tapped out [financially & emotionally]fans - spring weather is always spotty @ best & that hasn't mattered in recent years; besides, they always report tickets sold; not butts in seats...cubs are down & will stay down by both measures...24/13 in meaningless mop-up games - not so good out of chute...no more 8 year contracts; not even to he who shall not be tampered with!


through May 11th last year averaged 38,503 over 15 games

through May 11th this year averaged 34,787 over 19 games

staying at that average they'd be around 2.8M on the year, just short of 3 million. Guess it'll depend on the summer boost and then how bad the team is in September.

Defining the attendance numbers you've cited is every bit as important as the numbers themselves. I understand there are still some questions regarding the number of tickets sold v the number of cheeks in the seats. And do ticket sales include tickets sold to the wrigleyfieldpremium.com fraud?

By intuition alone I can tell you (and I think most people would agree) attendance is miserable this year, not just for Cubs, but all across baseball. It's been a long time since I've seen so many empty seats at major league baseball games.

Rather than one reason for the lackluster attendance, I believe it is a confluence of issues: A lack of juiced up home run hitters, crappy weather, crappy economy, high gas prices, and an increasing shortage of flashy superstars... etc, etc.

tickets sold are tickets sold, the only difference would be money they make in concessions if people don't show up and I don't think that's a big piece of their overall pie.

After April, the report was attendance through most of baseball was down a little over 1% and it's been declining over 3 years.


As for the Cubs, 3 years out of contention and no big superstar draw is gonna take its toll.

I would think the tickets sold to wrigleyfieldpremium.com would be "returned" to the Cubs. So the team wouldn't have to pay the taxes and share the revenue, etc.

That's really depressing, Rob.

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  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 24 min 21 sec ago view
  • The Cubs are stronger defensively than most of the teams they play. In order to capitalize on that, they have to a) put the ball in play and b) run the bases aggressively.

    That said, Cabrera has a strong, accurate arm, as witnessed by his 97 outfield assists over 12 seasons--mostly left field but also a lot of center. Bryant is rarely thrown out, but I guess you have to know who's throwing the ball.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!

    Eric S 10 hours 26 min ago view
  • KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.

    Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?

    Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.

    billybucks 10 hours 41 min ago view
  • Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.

    So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?

    billybucks 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.

    billybucks 10 hours 57 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 11 hours 10 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 11 hours 11 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 11 hours 15 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 11 hours 16 min ago view

    crunch 11 hours 19 min ago view
  • Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?

    The E-Man 12 hours 28 min ago view
  • Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.

    billybucks 12 hours 32 min ago view
  • ...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.

    billybucks 14 hours 4 min ago view
  • bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.

    f'n cabrerra...

    crunch 14 hours 41 min ago view