Marshall Works Into 5th As Cubs Drop Mariners

Sam Fuld and Andres Blanco slammed home runs and Sean Marshall took a shutout into the 5th inning, as a Cubs "split squad" drubbed a Seattle Mariners "split squad" 8-1 in front of 10,910 happy fans at sunny Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park this afternoon in Mesa

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The Cubs got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning versus Mariners RHP Gaby Hernandez. Sam Fuld (who was on base three times today) walked with one out and stole second, and then after Derrek Lee lined out to LF, Aramis Ramirez walked. Mike Fontenot then rapped a single through the middle of the infield to score Fuld from second base and send Ramirez to third, and then A-Ram scored on a two-out wild pitch.

Sam Fuld homered over the RF fence into the Cubs bullpen leading off the bottom of the third to make it 3-0, and then Andres Blanco virtually duplicated Fuld's poke, sending another solo dinger into the Cubs bullpen with two outs in the bottom of the 4th. (Both home runs were hit off Gaby Hernandez).  

Sean Marshall got the start for the Cubs and worked into the 5th, allowing one unearned run on three hits and a walk, along with three strikeouts in 4.1 IP (56 pitches - 38 strikes, 5/4 GO/FO).  

Marshall had little trouble with the Mariners through the first four inning, retiring ten of the first twelve men he faced.

With the Cubs leading 4-0, Marshall started the 5th, allowing a lead-off single to Prentice Redman. The next batter tried to bunt and lined the ball right at Marshall, who made a nice play coming off the mound to nab the ball. But then the lefty tried to do too much, as he wheeled blindly toward first and whipped the ball right at the bag to try and double Redman off. Unfortunately, second-baseman Mike Fontenot hadn't gotten there yet, so the ball bounced past first-base and into the stands, as the runner was awarded third base on the overthrow.

That was it for Marshall, as RHP Luis Vizcaino (who had been warming up in the bullpen since the start of the inning) came into the game, with a runner at third and only one out. The next batter (Oswaldo Navarro) hit a sharp bouncer back at Vizcaino, but the ball bounced off the pitcher's glove for an RBI infield hit, as Redman scored from third. Vizcaino then retired the next two hitters on a F-7 and an infield pop up to end the inning (17 pitches - 10 strikes).

Mike Stanton worked a quick 6th (10 pitches - seven strikes), and while he did not allow a run, he didn't fool anybody, either, allowing two hard hit singles to the outfield (one by a left-handed hitter) to go along with two ground outs and an F-7.

The Cubs posted another single run in the bottom of the 6th off Mariners reliever Mark Lowe, as James Adduci (up from Minor League Camp for the day) drew a lead-off walk, and advanced to second and third on consecutive wild pitches. Then Mike Fontenot walked, before Reed Johnson chopped a single over the third-baseman's head to drive in Adduci with the Cubs 5th run.

Kevin Hart pitched the 7th for the Cubs, and had his best outing of the Spring, striking out the side on 17 pitches (14 strikes). 

LHP Jason Waddell worked the 8th, and had mixed results (17 pitches - 11 strikes), allowing two singles to the outfield (one of which was a rope to RF by lefty-swinging Russell Branyan), but also striking out a right-handed hitter for the first out of the inning and then getting out of trouble with an inning-ending 5-3 DP.    

The Cubs put the game away in the bottom of the 8th, scoring three runs off Mariners reliever Tyler Walker. James Adduci and Nate Spears (another invitee from Minor League Camp) led off with infield singles (and Adduci showed good speed down the line while beating the throw on his dribbler), and Jason Dubois was hit by a pitch on the upper left arm to load the bases with no outs. Koyie Hill then smoked a line single to RF that was hit too hard to score more than one run, and after Darwin Barney and Esteban German struck out, Richie Robnett (who had been optioned to Iowa earlier in the day) hit a fly ball into short LF where the Seattle left-fielder and shortstop collided (nobody was hurt and no error was charged, though), allowing the ball to drop for a cheap double and giving the Cubs their final two runs of the day. .  

Jose Ascanio continued his fine Spring, throwing a 1-2-3 9th (6-3 GO, F-7, and strikeout swinging) to finish off the game, but he actually got four outs in the inning, because Koyie Hill failed to catch a foul pop up behind home plate (although no error was charged).

Veteran IF-OF Esteban German (signed to a minor league contract this morning after getting released by Kansas City last week) made his Cubs debut today, entering in mid-game at 3rd base. He had two poor ABs, popping up weakly, and then striking out (flailing wildly at strike three on an outside pitch in the dirt) with one out and the bases loaded in his second PA. He also didn't make much of an effort to stop a bouncer hit to his left that ended up in LF. All in all, it was not an impressive debut for German. 

While the Cubs were thumping the Mariners in Mesa, the other Cubs squad traveled to Tempe Diablo Stadium and lost to the Angels, 8-2 

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I was not at that game, but I can tell you that Cubs starter Chad Gaudin apparently got racked up pretty good, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in just 1.2 IP, including a 2nd inning grand slam by Kendry Morales.

The Cubs got their two runs on a two-out two-run 4th inning RBI double by Bobby Scales, although Scales (playing 2B before later moving to 3B) also made two errors in the game. 

I suspect the Cubs may try to trade Gaudin and his $2M 2009 salary before Opening Day, but they also could just release him (presuming he is signed to a non-guaranteed contract).


Thanks, Phil!

What are the chances of Fuld being the 4th/5th OF-er versus Gathright?

Or does Fuld stay at Iowa to take over for Gathright next year and/or come up when/if Bradley gets hurt?

Allright Sean!
Its going to be hard to decide between him and Heilman.
Nice to have this kind of pitching problem.

"What are the chances of Fuld being the 4th/5th OF-er versus Gathright?"

Wondering this to, AZ-PHIL. It seems like he his having a nice ST so far. Would he have to wait for a Sept. call up one more year?

Welcome to the new guy Romero.

He's not new, is he?

senior moment for E-man

Ok, I thought maybe I slipped back in time again. Also, welcome to TCR, Rob.

Okay. Hear me out. I am not an idiot. I am a big shot web developer at paypal so I am not stupid about this shit, but I cannot, for the life of me, get my account on MLB premium to work. Anyone else have problems, or is it just me. I'm about to go postal, so any positive thoughts are good. I mean, the damn thing redirects like a silly bastard, as if the people who run the damn site are Nigerians or something. Fuck, they probably are. Thanks to Bush (sorry assholes, but let's not forget the fuckface who got us into this mess). Now, nobody can afford to pay anyone to do shit.

It is a bitch to navigate through, but it usually works for me. What's the issue?

as a designer you should be familiar with the "overkill" aspect of development going on these days. hehe...

making everything idiot-proof tends to confuse (oddly or not) those who want to navigate around a site looking for information, not eye tabs that are hidden behind extra steps so "idiot guy" won't screw it up and spend 30 minutes bugging some support dude making $5 an hour in india.

i'm a technical writer for 2 companies and usually contract on the same projects over and over. watching their evolution to GUI-bloat has been amazing. the idea of "user friendly" seems to be "shove too much stuff in 1 place and hide that stuff that novice users could screw up."

(1) make sure you don't have two MLB passwords ( you may have picked up more than one over time...I know I did) need the correct one. Make sure autocomplete isn't entering the wrong info into your login form.

(2) Use the Internet Explorer 7.0 browser.

(3) DOWNLOAD the MLB premium software and install it. It's easy to miss this. The new premium HD requires two upgrades to the browser including a Flash upgrade. AND it apparently requires a computer processor running at 2.33 MHz or more.

(4) Disable pop-up blocking until you get this settled.

I am not an idiot. Agree that their site is fussy
Blue: This is probably the most simplistic thing to try, so you've most likely done this.

Go the the home page and find the log out link (and log out). Then when you try to get back to any of the video/audio game links, it's reset and lets you use your name/password to get the streaming. Also if you're on a mac, make sure you have the newest silverlight application although I think it automatically prompts you to do that.

I could see Gaudin or Vizcaino and either Guzman or Fox going to Oakland for Crosby...

Submitted by Romero on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 8:02pm.

Thanks, Phil!

What are the chances of Fuld being the 4th/5th OF-er versus Gathright?

Or does Fuld stay at Iowa to take over for Gathright next year and/or come up when/if Bradley gets hurt?


ROMERO: I can't see Fuld beating out Gathright for the 5th OF job, but I could see a speedy super-sub IF-OF-PR type taking Gathright's slot (if they can find one they like before Opening Day), with Lou going with only four OF (Soriano, Bradley, Fukudome, and Johnson).

I am fairly certain that Fuld will begin 2009 as the CF and lead-off hitter at Iowa, and he could get called up if there is an injury to Bradley or Fukudome. He also could get traded in a mid-season deal for a spare part.

What will happen in 2010 depends on the moves Hendry makes during the next off-season, but I would think Fuld will probably be playing in the big leagues somewhere by next season. He is an ideal MLB 4th OF, and he could probably be an everyday CF on some clubs.

Thanks, Phil. I've liked Fuld for some time and would love to see him hang on/catch on with the Cubs. I'm hoping he plays well at Iowa (and stays healthy) and then has a shot as a 4th OF next season (or maybe even as our CF depending on what happens with Fuku).

And thanks, E-Man, for "carding" me. :)

rock on dudes,


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