Angels Edge Cubs at Diablo

On a rehab assignment from AA Tennessee, Junior Lake (back strain) doubled, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Pierre LePage (also on a rehab assignment after suffering a hamstring injury in Spring Training) laced an RBI triple, an RBI single, and walked, and Kevin Encarnacion ripped a two-run triple and scored a run, but the Angels scored three in the 5th and two more in the 8th to edge the Cubs 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #3 in Tempe, AZ.

Lake hadn’t seen game action in more than a month, but he looked to be 100% today, batting six times (once in each of the first six innings) and playing shortstop for the first four innings.

He grounded out to short leading off the game, stuck out (swinging) in the top of the 2nd, walked and stole a base (but was left stranded) in the 3rd, clubbed a double off the LF fence and then scored on the LePage RBI triple in the top of the 4th, popped out to the third-baseman in the 5th, and flied out to deep CF in the 6th. Lake also handled two chances flawlessly in the field, starting a 6-4-3 DP to end the bottom of the 3rd, and throwing out another Angel hitter 6-3 to finish the 4th.

Another game or two like that and he’ll be back in the Smokies lineup by the end of the week.

RHP Jose Arias had another strong outing, throwing three shutout innings.

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

X. Junior Lake, SS-DH: 1-5 (6-3, K, BB, 2B, P-5, F-8, R, SB)
NOTE: Lake batted six times, once in each of the first six innings
1. Pierre LePage, 2B: 2-3 (BB, 3B, 1B, F-9, 2 RBI)
2. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-4 (K, K, 3-U, P-5)
3. Ryan Durrence, 1B: 0-3 (P-3, K, K)
4a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-2 (K, K)
4b. Anthony Giansanti, C: 0-0 (HBP)
5. Trey Martin, CF: 0-3 (K, P-6, F-8)
6. Jair Bogaerts, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, K, 6-3)
7. Carlos Penalver, DH-SS: 1-3 (K, 2B, K, R)
8a. Brian Inoa, DH #3: 0-2 (P-5, K)
8b. Shawon Dunston Jr, PH: 0-1 (3-1)
9. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-2 (F-7, BB, 1B, R)
10. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 2-2 (1B, 3B, SH-FC, R, 2 RBI, CS)

1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 35 pitches (22 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
2. Ian Dickson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 38 pitches (19 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
3. Charles Thomas: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 23 pitches (16 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Jin-Young Kim: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 24 pitches (16 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
5. Rafael Diplan: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 8 pitches (7 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO


Wilson Contreras: 0-1 CS
Anthony Giansanti: 1-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 90’s


Is Giansanti wearing a baseball magnet. Catchers get hit a bit, but this seems ridic.

I wonder if LePage got cut.

from his twitter:
Heading home to CT in the morning. Thank you everyone for all the support youve given me. Im extremely blessed to have had this opportunity.

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  • I think the strike zone was very inconsistent, but it's hard to blame the loss on the ump. They had chances and mistake pitches and just couldn't cash in. Lackey ran the ball inside and outside very effectively.

  • Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.

  • Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell

  • if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.

  • I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth

  • Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.

    Wtf is up w/that?!

  • Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...

  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.