Angels Nip Cubs at Diablo Park

Xavier Batista and Blair Springfield each had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI, but the EXST Angels rallied for five runs in the bottom of the 8th to edge the EXST Cubs 7-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Diablo Park in Tempe this morning.

Rebel Ridling (appendectomy with complications) once again was a DH, getting five Plate Appearances in the first seven innings. He roped a liner into the LF corner in his first AB (but only managed to get to 1st base), then was called out on strikes in his second PA, before grounding out three times in a row (1-3, 5-3, 5-3) to complete his day at the plate. While he seems to be swinging the bat OK, he also seems to be running a bit gingerly.

2009 3rd round pick LHP Austin Kirk (Owasso HS – Owasso, OK) started the game for the Cubs, and labored through 2.2 IP (54 pitches), allowing two singles, a triple, and two walks (albeit only one run). RHP Tarlandus Mitchell followed and couldn’t find home plate, walking three batters and hitting another one in addition to allowing two singles and a double, but only one run over his 1.2 IP (51 pitches).

20-year old Dominican LHRP Marcos Perez continues to throw strikes, coming into the game today with the bases loaded and getting out of the jam with a strikeout. Perez allowed just a bunt single in 1.1 IP of work (13 pitches – 12 strikes), while striking out three. In three Extended Spring Training appearances so far, Perez has thrown 5.1 IP of shutout ball, allowing just one hit (a bunt single) and no walks, while striking out seven. And he has thrown the 5.1 IP on just 42 pitches, of which 36 were strikes. That in itself will likely catch the eyes of the Cubs Player Development people.

LHP (ex-OF) Drew Rundle pitched one inning, throwing seven balls in a row before finally finding the strike zone, at which point he threw five strikes in a row, getting a strike ‘em out/throw ‘em out DP and a 1-3 comebacker to the mound to get out of the inning unscathed.

But Carlos Rojas had a nightmare from hell outing, allowing five runs on five hits (a single, two triples, and two home runs, plus a HBP) while getting just one out in the 8th, as the 19-year old Venezuelan RHP took the loss.

The game featured one very unusual occurrence. With Charles Thomas on 3rd base and Xavier Batista on 1st and one out in the 7th, Melvin Camarena hit a pop up behind home plate that the Angels catcher caught near the screen. But seeing that the Angels pitcher was just standing on the mound watching, an alert Thomas broke for home plate and scored on what was a sacrifice fly to the catcher! (And then Batista quietly tippy-toed into 2nd base while the Angels stood around trying !o figure out what just happened).

On the EXST injury front, Manuel Pestana left the game after jamming his right shoulder while sliding head-first into a base in the top of the 2nd inning.

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHP Chris Carpenter (sore shoulder) has completed his rehab assignment at Fitch Park and has rejoined AA Tennessee after pitching in only one Extended Spring Trauining game (1.2 IP last Friday).

Here is today’s abridged box score (EXST Cubs players only):

NOTE: DH #1 Rebel Ridling batted in five of the first seven innings, getting five Plate Appearances total in the game.

X. Rebel Ridling, DH #1: 1-5 (1B, K, 1-3, 5-3, 5-3)
1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-3 (P-5, F-9, 1B, BB, CS, R)
2. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-4 (F-7, 4-3, K, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
3. Charles Thomas, 1B: 1-3 (5-3, 5-3, BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI)
4a. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-2 (F-7, 1-3)
4b. Jose Guevara, C: 0-1 (BB, K)
5a. Manuel Pestana, LF: 1-1 (2B)
5b. Xavier Batista, LF: 2-3 (2B, 6-4 FC, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Melvin Camarena, RF: 0-3 (5-3, K, P-2 SF, K, RBI)
7. Ping-Chieh Chen, 2B-DH: 0-3 (4-3, 4-3, L-8)
8. Blair Springfield, DH-2B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
9. Vismeldy Bieneme, 3B: 0-3 (1-3, 6-3, K)

1. Austin Kirk – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1/6 GO/FO, 54 pitches (33 strikes)
2. Tarlandus Mitchell – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/FO, 51 pitches (24 strikes)
3. Marcos Perez – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 13 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Drew Rundle – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 12 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Carlos Rojas – 0.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2 HR, 1/0 GO/FO, 35 pitches (21 strikes)

P Marcos Perez E-1 (overthrow at 1st base on bunt single allowed batter-runner to move up to 2nd base)

Sergio Burruel – 0-1 CS
Jose Guevara – 1-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny & very breezy, with temperatures in the 80’s.


time to start speculating on where Lee or Lilly will get traded?

too soon?

I've feared this for a long time. What type of package do you think we could get for them? I assume not a ton, but maybe a top twenty prospect or two from each. Lee probably better value than Lilly at this point, right? Just looking for thoughts

Len: Let's see... Cubs had no runs on... three hits? That's all we got, three goddamn hits?

Bob: You can't say goddamn on the air!

Len: Ah, don't worry, nobody's watching anyway!

Rosenthal says Bradon Looper as a Cub?

Here we go loop de loop
Here we go loop de lie
Here we go loop de loop
All on a Saturday night

What the hell is the National Institutes of Health doing posting lyrics to children's songs? WTF is this? The F-ing Barney show? Not with MY damn tax dollars!

Funny I should ask this. Evidently, I was not the only one. Check out this section on their website with the heading,

"So why do we include a Sing-Along section?
How is that "educationally" relevant?"

I am slightly more encouraged tonight than probably the rest of the Cub world (probably because I started Pelfry on my fantasy team tonight, it has me in a good mood). Soriano is making some decent contact and looking like he might come alive at any moment. Maybe.

Zambrano was lights out except for one inning.

Fontenot looked far worse on the basepaths than he did at SS. It's easy to criticize poor baserunning, but let's not forget that certain people on this team are not on base enough to screw up running on the basepaths.

@ BOS...


Hello ledge.

adding injury to insult?

Bradley leaves after one inning, left calf strain.

Az Phil:

Have you seen Huseby throw a side session since he returned to Fitch? Just wondering if he is back not being able to hit the broad side of a barn again.

Aramis Ramirez does not look injured to me, just based on how hard he's swinging. I mean he's not holding anything back. I don't recall him going into deep slumps like this before, except when he first came back from that shoulder detachment thing. Can someone refresh my memory, is he a streak hitter?

I could probably Google for an answer, but someone here probably knows. Also, I quit searching the Internet ever since I Googled 'delicious muffin tops' in an effort to improve my muffin recipe.

You have to go back to 2006 to find Ramirez struggling (.197 BA) in April, but he ended that season with his best HR (38) and RBI (119) totals ever.

'"He's a go," manager Lou Piniella said Tuesday.

Piniella said he's leaning toward Saturday, but won't make a decision until Wednesday. Lilly pitched seven innings Monday at Class-A Peoria and was 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two rehab starts, striking out 13 in 11 innings.'

Castro was 2-4 with a double and a HR last night - he's hitting .380 .396 .620 with 4 SB's and 12 RBI's batting #2 for the Smokies. I think it's time for a promotion to AAA. Chris Carpenter made the start for Knoxville last night - 3 innings, 1 run.

Yah! Let's move him up to the AAA Chicago Cubs.


Thomas Diamond also pitched 6 innings and gave up only 1 earned run. His 3 BB to 4 Ks were nothing special, but overall he's been very solid going all the way back to spring training. He's got to be in the bullpen picture, right?

I am hearing that Jim Hendry is looking to make a deal to boost the struggling Cubs. Not a minor move but looking much bigger than that.

Braden Looper is 6'4" 235 lbs. That's bigger.


Aram,Dlee, Soriano and Z for Arod and Texiera


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  • Hah which reminds me this is a good article about Ross:

  • Gordo tweeted:

    "I'm pretty comfortable moving all over. I like it that way, too. It keeps me on my toes and ready each and every game.”--Bryant last week.

    So it could be he's just saying the right things, but I believe him.

  • Which means if you shut this place down, and the Cubs go back to their old ways, we will all have to hunt you down, kidnap you, and strap you to a chair to listen to Tim McCarver and Joe Buck repeatedly, with dollops of Hawk Harrelson thrown in for good measure.

  • You got a problem with David Ross?

  • La Stella (3B) batting fifth. Could be the La Stella game.

  • [Drafts plans for CTSteve idol.]

  • Pitcher batting 9th. Bryant in left, Schwarber in right.

  • i'm not ready for it to end.

    i'm not ready for "well, they weren't supposed to make it this year..."

    i'm not ready to talk about the off-season yet.

  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.