Will the Vogelbach Curse Haunt Boise Hawks?

Dan Vogelbach singled twice, doubled, drove-in three runs, and scored three more, Carlos Penalver collected three singles and two RBI and scored two runs, and Danny Lockhart had four hits (three singles and a double) and scored twice, leading the AZL Cubs to a 12-6 victory over the Boise Hawks this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.  

Rock Shoulders (two singles, a double, and a walk) and Marco Hernandez (two singles, a triple, and two RBI) were the offensive stars for Boise in a losing cause.

Supersub IF-OF Gregori Gonzalez made his 2012 game debut today at DH. He suffered a broken arm in Spring Training.

Since Friday's intrasquad game, centerfielders Shawon Dunston Jr and Trey Martin have switched places, with Dunston now assigned to Boise and Martin assigned to the AZL Cubs. Also, OF Dong-Yub Kim (the hottest hitter at EXST over the last month, or actually ever since he started throwing left-handed) was the DH for Boise after playing with the AZL Cubs last week.

If you want to know how fluid the Boise and AZL Cubs rosters are right now, Brian Inoa was a DH for the AZL Cubs for the first six innings of today's game, and then got a "battlefield promotion" mid-game (after Gregori Gonzalez reported to the AZL Cubs bench and said his arm felt 100%), and he played 2nd base for Boise the last three frames. For the day (five PA combined between AZL Cubs and Boise), Inoa had three hits and a walk, scored two runs, and knocked in a couple more.

You occasionally hear stories about a guy getting traded between games of a doubleheader... How about getting promoted during the game?

None of the pitchers who threw in the game today game had much success, with the exception of veteran RHP Shane Lindsay, who struck out the side in the 9th on 11 pitches. The 27-year old Australian fireballer was sent to Fitch Park from AAA Iowa to work on his mechanics, and if today was any indication, his mechanics are just fine now. (The Cubs signed Lindsay to a minor league contract after he was releaed by the Dodgers last month).

Boise RHP James Pugliese had an especially poor outing, allowing seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits and a walk in five innings (81 pitches). Pugliese had been the best pitcher at Extended Spring Training over the previous nine weeks.

Prior to the game on Field #3, RHP Justin Berg (2011 TJS rehab) and LHP Zac Rosscup (biceps tendinitis) squared-off in a two-inning "sim" game on Field #2.

The Hawks will be flying to Boise tomorrow morning, and their first game is Friday night versus Salem-Keizer at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, OR

Meanwhile, the AZL Cubs will continue to train & drill at Fitch Park ad nauseum for another week or so as draft picks begin to arrive (11th rounder IF-OF Rashad Crawford was there today, but he is not ready to play in games yet), before opening AZL play a week from Wednesday versus the AZL Giants up the road at HoHoKam Park.

All of the AZL Cubs games (home & road) will be night games (7 PM local start-time). The AZL Cubs will play games four nights in a row and then have a day-off every fifth day.

Here is the box score from today’s game:

1. Trey Martin, CF: 2-5 (5-3, 1B, K, 1B, K, 2 R)
2. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 4-5 (1B, 1B, 2B, 1B, E-3, 3 R, CS)
3. Carlos Penalver, SS: 3-5 (F-8, 1B, 1B, 1B, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 3-5 (1B, 1B, K, 2B, K, 3 R, 3 RBI)
5a. Brian Inoa, DH #1: 2-3  (1B, K, 1B, R, RBI)
NOTE: Inoa was DH for AZL Cubs first six innings, then played 2B for Boise last three innings
6b. Gregori Gonzalez, DH #2: 1-3 (L-6, 2B, K, RBI)
7. Justin Marra, C: 0-3 (BB, K, K, F-9)
8. Jair Bogaerts,, 3B: 0-4 (4-6-3 DP, 5-3, F-8, K)
9. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 2-4 (4-3, 1B, F-7, 3B, R, SB)
10. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-4 (5-3, K, 3-1, P-5)

1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-5 (3-U, P-5, 6-3, 3B, 1B, 2 R)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-8, F-9, R, SB)
2b. Brian Inoa, 2B: 1-1 (BB, 1B, R, RBI)
NOTE: Inoa was DH for AZL Cubs first six innings, then played 2B for Boise last three innings
3. Marco Hernandez, SS: 3-5 (4-3, P-6, 1B, 1B, 3B, 2 RBI)
4. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-5 (K, 6-3, K, F-7, F-9)
5. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 3-4 (1B, F-8, 2B, BB, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Xavier Batista, LF: 1-5 (4-1, P-4, F-9, 2B, K)
7. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-4 (1B, 2B, 4-3, K, RBI)
8. Dong-Yub Kim, DH: 1-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, BB, F-8)
9. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 2-4 (K, 1B, 1-3, 1B, R)

1. Tayler Scott: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 1 GIDP, 51 pitches (34 strikes), 6/5 GO/FO
2. Ethan Elias: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 40 pitches (26 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Su-Min Jung: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 38 pitches (23 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
4. Rafael Diplan: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 15 pitches (12 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO

1. James Pugliese: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 GIDP, 81 pitches (58 strikes), 6/2 GO/FO
2. Amaury Paulino: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 46 pitches (33 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
3. Shane Lindsay: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 11 pitches (9 strikes)


1. Wilson Contreras - E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base and runner at 3rd base to score)
2. Wilson Contreras - E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 3rd base allowed runners at 3rd base and at 1st base to score)
3. Rock Shoulders – E-3 (errant throw allowed runner at 2nd base to advance to 3rd base)
4. Rock Shoulders - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Justin Marra: 0-1 CS, 2 PB

Wilson Contreras: 1-2 CS, 1 PB, 2 E (see above)

LF Trevor Gretzky - threw out runner 7-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to outfield

RF Eduardo Gonzalez - threw out runner 9-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to outfield


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


Pierce Johnson announced through his Twitter that he's signed with the Cubs.

Just signed with the Chicago Cubs! Thanks to God, family, teammates, coaches, and friends. If it wasn't for you guys I wouldn't be here!


Kendall Rogers‏@KendallRogersPG
#Cubs signed supplemental rounder, #MoState P Pierce Johnson. Sources said it was close or right at slot (value was $1.196M).

I-Cubs down 6-7 in the bottom 6th...2 on, one out (pitching change):

Rizzo 2-3, 2runs, 4rbi, 1K, TWO HR's including a 3 run HR in the 5th.
Vitters 2-3, 1 run, 1rbi, including a double.
BJax 1-3, 1 run, 1K

JJax pitching himself out of the last embers of prospect status: 3.2 IP, 11H, 7R (all earned), 3BB, 5K

If the Cubs wait to bring Rizzo up until June 23rd (or later), they buy another year of team control.

Anybody want to try the over/under on the recall?

I'm going with Monday June 25th, which is the start of a six-game homestand during which time the Cubs play the Mets and the Astros.

That will be it, I believe.

Then LaHair will platoon with Mather in RF, and DeJesus will play CF for a while (until trades open up the roster a bit).

Don't know, might not make it up until later see how trade deadline plays out.

Just a hunch.

Goodness. If you translate Rizzo's numbers out to a full season, he's on pace for 60 HR and 160 RBI. I believe 60 is the PCL record FWIW, but no way Rizzo stays on the farm long enough to challenge it. I agree, he'll be in Chicago before the end of the month.

Baseball America has the PCL single-season homerun record at 50 by Ron Kittle in 1982. (INTL is Phil Hiatt with 42 in 1996.)

OR Bill McNulty with 55, but that's an asterisk record because his home park that year had a left field fence at only 250 feet.

I'm guessing the ASB myself.

Speaking of Cubans...

Peoria in a 9-9 game in the 7th

G. Concepcion 4.0 IP, 11H, 9R (all earned), 3BB, 1K, 1HR, ERA 7.50

Javier Baez not in the lineup (Wes Darvill in at SS tonight)

Are you sure that isn't a typo? In 4 IP, he gave up 9 runs but struck out all but one of the outs he recorded? Really?

oops, 11 Hits

I was going to say, 9 runs, 3 BBs, and 11 Ks in just 4 IP would have to be one of the strangest outings ever. But 11H, ugly ugly.....Concepcion has a LONG way to go.

speaking of horrific starts...

t.mcnutt - 3.1ip 9h 8er 0bb 2k

Everybody caught whatever Samardzija came down with in his last game.

Peoria wins 10-9 with a Dustin Geiger rbi single in the bottom of the 9th.

Third baseman, Dustin Geiger 4-5, 3 runs, 3 rbi, 2 run HR,

I am sure that is only a partial roster. I doubt the Hawks are going with only one catcher. I believe the roster limit is 30 at Boise.

Only 21 players will be on the flight from Phoenix this morning. Undoubtedly, more will arrive, but not before the team's Media Day. Guessing the Cubs will save $$$ and fly draft picks directly into Portland instead of Boise and have them meet the club in Salem. Gotta have the $$$ for Soler.

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 6:38am — Hagsag

I am sure that is only a partial roster. I doubt the Hawks are going with only one catcher. I believe the roster limit is 30 at Boise.


HAGSAG: Boise has a 35-man Reserve List and a 30 man Active List.

25 players are designated "active" for each game, of which ten must be pitchers.

So ideally Boise would eventually have 15 position players and 15 pitchers on the Active List.

BTW, the AZL Cubs and the two DSL Cubs squads have a 35-man Reserve List and a 35-man Active List (the two lists are one in the same), with 25 players designated "active" for each game, of which ten must be pitchers.

Thanks Phil

How long has Bill Buckner been a hitting coach with the Cubs system? He was unquestionably my favorite Cub when I was a little boy.

New hire this year.

He was not my favorite Cub, but productive as a Cub.

And can't be beat for a uni-brow.

Buckner lives in Idaho, so apparently the hitting coach job at Boise was an offer he couldn't refuse.

BTW, his mustache is gone. I didn't even recognize him when I first saw him this year.

that was a horse sh!t throw, Larry.

Buxton allegedly getting more than Correia. Bad agenting.

Danny Knobler tweets that Dodgers are definitely interested in Dempster.

Are they definitely interested in offering something of value for Dempster?

Is Dempster definitely interested in playing on the other side of the country?

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  • deno ended the season well even though ajax heavily cut into a lot of his chances to play. it's either him or ajax. i'm a bit partial to deno, but whatever...at least ajax isn't hitting 2nd.

  • Agreed. And, with Hendricks on the mound, Cubs will probably need to score some runs to win -- why not start Soler for his bat and bring in Ajax for defense later?

    NEVER MIND....just re-read the lineup.

  • If the Cubs have the lead in the 8th, who pitches? Rodney? Travis? Yikes.

  • The Cubs had some good runs and nice winning streaks that propelled them to the playoffs. Austin Jackson wasn't part of that. I don't quite understand what it is about Jackson that they are so enamored with.

  • 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.