Cubs Win One on the Rocks

Yasiel Balaguert singled three times, drove-in a run, and scored another, Sergio Burruel reached base three times on two singles and a walk, scored one run, and knocked-in another, and Dong-Yub Kim doubled twice and scored two runs, leading the Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-4 (K, F-8, F-9, 5-3)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-4 (E-4, F-8, L-8, 1B, R, 2 SB)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 1-4 (K, 1B, 5-3, F-9, R)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, F-7, R, RBI)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-4 (6-U FC, E-5, 2B, K, RBI)
6. Dong-Yub Kim, LF-DH: 2-4 (2B, K, F-9, 2B, 2 R)
7. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 2-3 (P-6, 1B, BB, 1B, R)
8. Brian Inoa, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, L-1 DP, HBP, 4-6 FC, RBI)
9. Danny Lockhart, 3B: 2-3 (HBP, 1B, 1B, F-8, PO)
10. Justin Marra, DH-C: 0-3 (3-6 FC, BB, 6-3 DP, F-7)
11. Trevor Gretzky, DH-LF: 0-3 (6-3, 4-3, 3-1)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tayler Scott: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 54 pitches (36 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. David Henrie: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (11 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
3. Felix Pena: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 32 pitches (21 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Alvido Jimenez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (20 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
5. Daniel Adrian: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (8 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (dropped pop fly in foul territory, extending AB)
2. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (missed catch on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd base)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Sergio Burruel: 1-2 CS

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Shawon Dunston Jr - threw out batter 8-4 trying to stretch a single into a double

ATTENDANCE: 7

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's

Comments

ratso hits #16 w/ backing of a 20+ mph wind...

DeJesus/Johnson/Castro/Soriano/Mather/Baker/Barney/Hill/Samardzija

good luck ninja...

2 games in a row without i.stewart (3 out of the last 5, all vs lefties)...looks like they're firmly on platoon-mode with him now (or he's banged up).

I hear a Beatles song going through my head, over, and over, and over again.

Turn me on deadman

Cubs losing streak up to 8 games.

Now proud owner of worst record in baseball, 1/2 game up(?) on Rockies and Twins.

and 59 innings without a lead in a game...neat.

reed johnson gets it done with a solo shot in the 60th inning (top 1st).

AZ Phil,

Any truth to Phil Rogers's claim today that Baez is on the cusp of a promotion to Peoria?

What is wrong with Dan Vogelbach? Ugh. He's been atrocious.

it's not going to get any easier out there once june pounds down pure heat on them...not like it's been cool there recently or anything.

Bad Z tonight, 7 ER through 5 IP vs rockies

So I shouldn't have started him on the ol' fantasy team...

Now down 2-1 on pure Cubbery.

Typical that the ball gets knocked out of DeJesus glove by Barney when they collided near the RF line on a soft bloop.

Todd Walker is coaching high school baseball now.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/201205...

"I started coaching my son's U-9 travel team this year and I had a great time with that"

...an under-9yo travel league. baseball these days...wow.

We have a U8 team in our suburban Chicago league

The CABA and USSSA World Series for 9U, 11U, and 15U have been held in/around Crystal Lake for sometime. There's 8 and 9 yr old 'In-House' leagues in Arizona will talent equal or better than most travel teams around Chicago.

They've been trying to do the whole "travel leagues" thing for youths here in NC for years recently, but for the most part it seems to be the 12-18 year olds that fill the leagues.

They've offered (someone still might be organizing) U8/9/10/etc leagues, but they've been less than competitive to fill. It's not uncommon to see -12yo leagues with barely enough players to fill a 10-12 man roster.

The short-series "tourneys" are getting more popular, though. Kids basically practice for a short time then play in a week-long series or a series of weekend tourneys.

Some of the coaching (Dads) playing their kid at SS and P gets to some, but I'm generally in favor of anything that keeps them busy away from video games and trouble.

Athletic coaches were frequently as bad influences in my life as video games were. At least in my area, racism and sexism were extra common among athletic coaches, and so were the tendencies to scream at and/or humiliate anyone who disappointed you in any way.

This. I had some real assholes for coaches pre high school. The older and smarter I got, the more it turned me off. At some point you either have to accept the meatballness, or ignore it. I'm not particularly good at either.

Wrestling coaches were the absolute worst when I was growing up. You are already feeling miserable from cutting weight. Then you have to listen to an asshole say you have no heart, and how "In his day" I wouldn't have ever beat him.

Hope they never made ya "check the oil"

aka "the asian dart"

I had a great wrestling coach...though I was never a fan of the "Butt Drag".

Your Chicag Cubs

dolis...barf.

1-5, bottom 8...fun

full pdf of the CBA is out

http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com...

I scanned through it and there's no mention of designated hitter being negotiable or possibly being implemented other than to say during interleague games, there will be on in AL parks and the pitcher hits in NL parks. And in the ASG, there will be a DH for both leagues regardless of the park.

There's a possibility of an international draft in 2013 and there's an option for it to be implemented in each ensuing year.

CBA runs through 2016.

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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

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

    The E-Man 2 hours 33 min 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 3 hours 49 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 4 hours 32 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 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 4 hours 35 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 38 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 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 5 hours 6 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 6 hours 10 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 7 hours 16 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 8 hours 5 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 12 hours 35 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 3 hours 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 3 hours 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 3 hours 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 4 hours ago view