Maholm Throws Five Innings at Fitch Park

Ronald Torreyes had four hits and Ryan Cuneo drove-in five runs with a three-run home run and a two-run single, leading the Daytona Cubs to a 10-3 victory over the San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants Hi-A affiliate) on Field #3, and Cubs 2011 1st round draft pick Javier Baez smacked an opposite-field solo HR over the RF fence and onto 8th Street in the 3rd and ripped a line-drive double off the CF “Green Monster” Batter’s Eye to key a two-run 9th, as the Peoria Chiefs rallied for four runs over the final two innings to tie the Augusta GreenJackets (Giants “A” affiliate) 6-6 on Field #2, in Cactus League Minor League game action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

While most of the Cubs MLB squad had the day off, LHP Paul Maholm threw five innings (71 pitches – 48 strikes) for the Daytona Cubs at Fitch Park. Maholm allowed one run on two hits and a walk, with seven strikeouts, and 6/1 GO/FO. Maholm is a bit behind the other Cubs starting pitchers, having missed about a week of workouts last month while dealing with the flu, but today’s outing should get him to where he needs to be.

Cubs 2010 1st round draft pick Hayden Simpson made his second start of Minor League Spring Training, and had a better outing than his first one last Saturday. Pitching for Peoria on Field #2, Simpson allowed one run on two hits and a walk in the top of the 1st, but got out of a 1st & 3rd one-out jam by inducing a 4-6-3 DP to end the inning, and then set the side down in order in both the 2nd and 3rd innings. He retired the last eight men he faced.

Daytona LHP Austin Kirk had an interesting outing, entering the game on Field #3 in the top of the 8th and immediately walking the bases loaded, before striking out five of the next six men he faced.<.p>

The Peoria game featured one of the more-peculiar base-running gaffes I’ve seen in a while.

With Peoria down 6-4 with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, and with 19-year old Cuban defector Yasiel Balaguert on 2nd and Kenny Socorro on 3rd and a 3-2 count on Dan Vogelbach, Balaguert inexplicably broke for 3rd. I’m not exactly sure how it’s done in Cuba, but I doubt that this is how it’s outlined in the new Cubs Way manual. It’s not good strategy to break with the pitch—even if it’s a 3-2 pitch with two outs, if you’re on 2nd base, 3rd base is occupied, and 1st base is unoccupied.

Needless to say, Socorro was surprised to see Balaguert running up behind him at 3rd base, and Vogelbach had a classic WTF!? reaction after arriving at 1st base. While Balaguert did realize his mistake and tried to back-peddle to 2nd, the Giants were too smart for the ploy, and at one point both Balaguert and Socorro were strung-out between the bases, before the Giants finally got the 3rd out.

This should give Cubs Minor League Baserunning instructor Lee Tinsley something to discuss during base-running drills tomorrow morning, although they work on this stuff EVERY DAY.

While Peoria had rallies over the last two innings to tie the score at six, the Chiefs left runners in scoring position in both innings, first with the Balaguert baserunning adventure ending the 8th, and then getting the winning run as far as 3rd base with one out in the bottom of the 9th, before a 5-3 ground out and a line-out to RF ended the threat.

As is usually the case, players from the Boise/Mesa squad provided most of the late-inning lineup replacements in both the Peoria and Daytona games.

AAA Iowa and AA Tennessee were on the road in Scottsdale today playing the Giants AAA and AA affiliates at Indian School Park.

Here are the abridged box scores from today’s games at Fitch Park (Cubs players only)

FITCH PARK FIELD #2

PEORIA LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston, Jr, LF: 1-4 (3-1, 4-6-3 DP, BB, 1B, L-9, R, RBI, SB)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (K, 3-U, 6-3)
2b. Kenny Socorro, 2B: 0-0 (BB)
3. Marco Hernandez, DH #1: 0-3 (3-U, K, F-8, F-9 SF, RBI)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, DH-RF: 0-3 (6-3, L-6, L-9, BB, PO)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, BB)
6. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-4 (3-U, 1B, 1B, 6-3)
7. Javier Baez, SS: 2-3 (HR, K, BB, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
8. Oliver Zapata, RF-DH: 1-4 (K, 1-3, K, 3B, R, RBI)
9. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (BB, 4-3, K, FC, R, RBI, 2 SB)
10a. Wilfredo Petit, C: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
10b. Wilson Contreras, C: 1-3 (F-9, 3B, 5-3, R)

PEORIA PITCHERS:
1. Hayden Simpson: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 44 pitches (27 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
2. Su-Min Jung: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 31 pitches (15 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Sheldon McDonald: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 27 pitches (20 strikes), 4/3 GO/FO
4. Hector Mayora: 2.0 IP, 3 H , 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches (20 strikes),3/1 GO/FO

PEORIA ERRORS: 2
1. C Wilfredo Petit - E2 (errant throw attempting to throw out runner trying to score from 3rd on a WP allowed runner on 2nd base to score)
2. 3B Jeimer Candelario - E5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base)

PEORIA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Wilfredo Petit: 1 PO, 1 E (see above)

PEORIA OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
Yasiel Balaguert threw out runner 9-4-5 trying to stretch a double into a triple

FITCH PARK FIELD #3

DAYTONA LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 0-3 (BB, K, F-7 SF, P-6, F-8, R, RBI)
2. Ronald Torreyes, 2B: 4-5 (1B, 1B+E9, 1B, 1B, F-9, 3 R)
3a. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-2 (BB, E-5, BB, P-6, 2 R)
3b. Delbis Arcila, RF: 0-1 (3-U)
4. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 2-3 (1B, HR, E-1, BB, R, 5 RBI)
5a. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-1 (F-9 SF, 4-3, BB, R, RBI)
5b. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-1 (F-8)
6. Elliot Soto, SS: 2-4 (1B, F-7, 1B, F-9, R)
7. Rubi Silva, DH: 0-4 (K, 6-3, 3-1, F-7)
8a. Mayke Reyes, LF: 0-1 (HBP, BB, K, R, SB, CS)
8b. Jeffrey Baez, LF: 0-1 (6-3)
9a. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B: 1-3 (F-7, 4-3, 2B, 2 RBI)
9b. Brad Zapenas, 3B: 0-0 (BB)

DAYTONA PITCHERS:
1. Paul Maholm: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 71 pitches (48 strikes), 6/1 GO/FO
2. Brett Wallach: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 27 pitches (15 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
3. Austin Kirk: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 39 pitches (24 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO

DAYTONA ERRORS: NONE

DAYTONA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS

DAYTONA OUTFIELD DEFENSE:
Reggie Golden - threw out runner 9-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to RF

ATTENDANCE: 68

WEATHER: Sunny, with temperatures in the 70’s

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Comments

Is it still to early to read anything into the Peoria starting lineup? Obviously, there will still be pin action, but it's Baez, Dunston, Vogelbach, and Candelario getting reps into late March. Even if they don't break camp with the Chiefs, the brass is giving them a chance.

Phil,

I hope JedStein keeps Vogelbomb (great name by the way), J Baez, and J. Candelario together for a while.

Who looks like a better fielder: Baez or Candelario? Both read like they're extremely raw.

They both project for 3B right?

Baez sounds less inflexible. Can probably stick at SS for the near-term.

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 7:53pm — Childersb3 New

I hope JedStein keeps Vogelbomb (great name by the way), J Baez, and J. Candelario together for a while.

Who looks like a better fielder: Baez or Candelario? Both read like they're extremely raw.

They both project for 3B right?

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CHILDERS: Javier Baez is (by far) the better defensive player of the two.

Right now, Jeimer Candelario is a very poor defender at 3B, and he is going to have to improve a LOT to stay there. Otherwise 1B or corner OF would be in his future. He can really hit, though (especially from the left side). Actually, he probably should be a DH.

Javier Baez made two really nice plays at SS yesterday, and I am not yet convinced that he can't stay there long-term. Time will tell, but so far, so good.

AzPhil or anyone whose seen a minor league game this Spring, how are Vogelbach and Golden looking as far as their conditioning goes? I know last year there were some complaints that Golden reported to camp out of shape, but I believe he spent some time in Camp Busey this winter, no? Vogelbach seems like a hard worker who will do his best to keep the weight under control, but I'm curious to know how that's going. Thanks!

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 9:56pm — bradsbeard

AzPhil or anyone whose seen a minor league game this Spring, how are Vogelbach and Golden looking as far as their conditioning goes? I know last year there were some complaints that Golden reported to camp out of shape, but I believe he spent some time in Camp Busey this winter, no? Vogelbach seems like a hard worker who will do his best to keep the weight under control, but I'm curious to know how that's going. Thanks!

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BRADSBEARD: Reggie Golden is in much better shape this year than he was this time last year (altrhough he did play himself into shape at Extended Spring Training last season), and Dan Vogelbach has kept the weight off, although he is a big guy (who runs well for a big guy, BTW).

if there was only one out & vogelbach was @ 1B striking his 'wtf' pose how did the ensuing rundown result in out #3?

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 9:43am — Mike Wellman

if there was only one out & vogelbach was @ 1B striking his 'wtf' pose how did the ensuing rundown result in out #3?

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MIKE W: There were two outs at the time. Thanks for catching that. I'll fix it.

no problem - i was reading the account & getting a great picture in mind's eye & thought WAIT A MINUTE...did the defector from 2nd just try to nonchalant his return to the bag, as though it was all good?

Bears sign Oakland RB Michael Bush

Very nice pickup at what seems to be a relatively low price. A more well-rounded backup than Barber or Bell. I would like to see a more elusive, open-field guy as the 3rd RB. Bush also gives them some leverage against giving Forte too exorbitant of a long-term deal.

They've added options at most of their key spots, giving them flexibility in the draft. Assuming no long-term issue with Marshall, DE should still be the top need. Just not sure how much Idonije has left, and Wootton isn't the pass-rusher that they need. Well, OL should be the top concern, specifically, LOT, but who is there at 19 that will be worth it? Don't see Reiff or Martin falling there. If they did, perhaps. Far from sold on Adams/Glenn being worth it for the Bears there.

Beyond DE/OT (I'm okay with our interior options, well, Garza is a question but he'll be the starter barring a surprise), the other main thing I'd like to see another CB to challenge Tim Jennings.

I told somebody here that I'd be shocked if Barber came back...

fair enough. I went into the off-season thinking that with so many needs, they might keep him around as his contract wasn't that much, relatively speaking.

Forte is very pissed per the Twitter.

I hope Forte is a Bear for a long time, and to an extent, it's a bit unfair to him, but it's a business where RB's are replaceable and Forte has a lot of wear and tear on those treads. I'd have no problem with the Bears franchising him for a year, or two, and then letting him go after that if they decide it is in their best interest. Bears have to do what's best for them, and Forte has to do what's best for him, even if that includes attempting to hold out.

There's only so many times a man that has done everything he's been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last....

says the man that's gonna get paid $7M+ this year...

And turned down a reasonable extension at beginning of last season

Fire your agent

It wasn't reasonable compared to the other top players when you are the majority of your offense. Most running backs out there aren't so much of an offense and aren't as valuable running or catching.

Sure 7 million is a lot of money but in the context of football and comparative salaries he deserves more money. And running backs aren't interchangable, especially when you got as crappy a line as we got. There aren't many backs out there who could get the yards he got behind the line he has to run behind.

I was basing the $7M+ on the franchise tag and isn't that something like the top 5 salaries for that position?

I certainly don't think he's worth much more than that.

probably deserves a multi-year deal, but there's two partners in that dance and there should be some give and take for the mult-year risk.

I personally don't blame either party, Forte has every right to want more and Bears have every right to franchise tag him.

7.7 million is #3 according to the list. He's not worth more per year, he is definitely worth giving that kind of salary for multiple years for how much he's done for this team and how many different roles he can take on. Running backs who can catch and block in the passing game are one of the most underrated parts of a good passing game. He has done everything he was asked on a dysfunctional team with a horrible line. Him and Cutler deserve medals for putting up with some of the crap imo, not just multi-year deals.

5/32 million reasonable enough

http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/bears_...

Where'd you get that #? And that would put him 5th on the list when imo he was more valuable to his team then all those people.

according to that article, it was higher than 5/32...allegedly.

Forte's still pretty young, but you generally don't get better with age and now w/o Martz, I'm gonna guess his numbers will go down a bit. He's also coming off a knee injury now.

Love the guy, hope they work it out, but if he's looking 5 years, he's gotta understand he's not looked at in terms of Foster, Peterson and Johnson around the league.

It's a situation of paying for future performance and not past sentiment. Especially in football where you have a salary cap and every move has to intertwine.

Exactly it's a business,and actually one of the luckier ones for the Bears. He should have held out last year I would not have fault him or he could have signed the contract.

Now they have Marshall he will have a smaller roler also, he rolled the dice and hit craps.

speaking of RB's getting older...

Marion Barber retired. Rookie at 22, Pro Bowl at 24, done at 28. Being a RB is scary.

Barber was done w Bears after Denver game

Sun and Shine outrighted to Iowa per mlbtr

That's Sawn-und-shteen...

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