Angels Withstand Cub Comeback at Extended Spring Training

Runey Davis reached base three times, scored two runs, knocked-in another, and stole a base, but the EXST Angels scored two runs in the 8th to take the lead after the EXST Cubs had clawed their way back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game in the 6th, and held-on to defeat the Cubs 8-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.

With two hits today, Davis raised his EXST batting average to .353 (.450 OBP), and with his speed and the ability to play all three OF positions, I would think Davis (the Cubs 2009 12th round pick out of JUCO World Series champion Howard JC) is a strong candidate to get promoted to Peoria.

RHP Eduardo Figueroa got the start today for the Cubs and had a very poor outing, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks (plus a WP) in just 1.0+ IP. But RHP Yohan Gonzalez threw three innings of shutout relief (lowering his ERA to 1.29 and his WHIP to 0.86) and RHP Jadel Mendez followed Gonzo with two innings of shutout relief to keep the Cubs in the game. Mendez allowed three hits in his two innings of work, inducing two timely double plays to get out of jams.

EXST Cubs co-closer Rogelio Carmona entered the game with the score tied, and picked-up the loss after allowing two runs on a double, a triple, and two walks.

2009 5th round draft pick Wes Darvill (Langley, BC) committed his team-leading 5th error (two errors so far at SS, and three at 2B), leading to two unearned runs (although he did go 1-3 to raise his BA to .200), and Jae-Hoon Ha was charged with his 5th Passed Ball. (Ha was a catcher in HS in Korea, then was moved to RF after he signed with the Cubs in 2008, and then was moved back to catcher last September in the AZ Instructional League)

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

1. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-3 (F-9, BB, 5-3, K, R, SB)
2. Vismeldy Bieneme, DH-2B: 0-3 (K, BB, K, 4-3, R)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-4 (L-9, 2B, 1-3, F-7, RBI)
4. Brandon May, 1B: 0-2 (BB, L-8 SF, K, 4-3, R, RBI)
5. Charles Thomas, 3B: 1-4 (E-6, 3-U, 1-3, 1B)
6. Jae-Hoon Ha, DH-C: 1-4 (4-6-3 GIDP, 1B, F-7, 6-4-3 GIDP, PO)
7. Runey Davis, CF: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB, CS)
8a. Carlos Romero, C: 1-2 (1B, 1-3, RBI)
8b. Bobby Wagner, PH: 0-0 (BB, R)
9. Wes Darvill, 2B-DH: 1-3 (1B, E-6, 6-3)
10a. Cody Shields, LF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, PO)
10b. Albert Hernandez, LF: 0-1 (K)

1. Eduardo Figueroa – 1.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 48 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Yohan Gonzalez – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 3/4 GO/FO, 46 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Jadel Mendez – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 GIDP, 5/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 43 pitches (27 strikes)

2B Wes Darvill E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base and runner on 1st base to advance to 3rd base – both subsequently scored unearned runs)

Carlos Romero: 0-1 CS
Jae-Hoon Ha: 0-1 CS, 1 PB


WEATHER: Partly cloudy and VERY breezy with winds gusting up to 30 MPH, with temperatures in the 60’s


Robinson Chirinos hit his 6th HR for a Smokies 3-0 lead in the first. Also a solo HR from Ty Wright.

vs the Chatanooga Lookouts (wished they were the choo-choo's)

Matt Spencer added to the Smokies roster (he was obtained in the Jake Fox deal)

someone at the MIL@SD game screamed "White Power" really loud during a richie weeks at bat.

bet a million we won't hear anything about a million more i'll still be hearing that same dude yell other stuff rather than getting dealt with by the people around him....

must be $1 beer night in SD...there's a lot of "screaming things" fans tonight.

still there. ...and now fans are screaming at other screaming fans across the park along with a crew who are on every single call the umps make.

this is like 10-12 or so people (along with an unidentifiable crew of girls who keep going "woooooooo" at the boys) becoming the voice of 30K people. neat-o.

it's not non-stop's just for some reason the mics are picking up a lot of crowd noise (or these guys are REALLY f'n loud). a lot has to do with the crowd being almost totally dead except when the ball is in play.

this mil/sd game is nuts...0-8 MIL/SD bottom 5 (bases loaded 0 out) with SD's hits (13) being all singles and 2bb. 7 straight singles in the bottom 5th...

small ball!

-edit- finished with another run after a run scoring double play and a popout.

Those people are probably at all games. The fewer people that are there, the easier it is to hear individual screamers. Maybe it has something to do with the microphones they use or something.

In a surfing moment I have happened upon "The Rookie" which I am sure many of you have seen (as have I).

Wanting to look up the "real" Jim Morris at B-R, he was really not half-bad a pitcher for the Rays in 1999 and 2000.

And, his manager that preceded Lou - Larry Rothschild.

It's always fun to read comments on other team's blog sites. Exchange the names in the comments and it could easily be applied to TCR.

I'm just numb. {manager name removed} will keep going with the status quo. Just waiting to see today's lineup so I can vomit in my mouth when I see {players name removed}'s name on it.

The team?



Bobby Cox, Troy Glaus

I read the Sports Illutrated Baseball Preview the other day and it's suggested improvement for the team was benching Glaus and playing Hinske.

Braves fans agree.

Theriot, Fuku, Lee, Ramirez, Colvin, Soriano, Font, Soto, Wells


Johnson, Drew, Upton, Reynolds, LaRoche, Parra, Gillespie, Snyder, Lopez

M. Parisi rocked for 7 ER in 2 IP, LaHair and W. Castillo go 2/3 and LaHair goes 3/4 in the 11-7 loss

Muschko goes 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 K in a 4-3 Tennessee loss. Castro 0/4 but R. Chirinos goes 2/4 with a HR and T. Wright hits a HR as well.

B. Raley with 5 IP, 9 K and 1 ER in a 4-3 Daytona loss. D. Patton gives up 2 runs in .2 IP. Burke finally has a good day at 3/4 with a 2B.

H. Lee gets on-base 3 times out of the leadoff spot for Peoria in a 8-7 win.

I see Bud Selig really stepped in and took care of everything.


I love that scenario. First of all, keep a copy of your passport and Visa stamp in your wallet, just like Americans have to do in almost every other country in the world... but say he did forget his wallet at home, and he and his friend are unable to explain that they're ballplayers, and the cop, reasonably assumes that they're not, and that this white kid is smuggling in Venezuelans to administer pine tar to bats for $4 an hour.

I love how the writer quotes Hernandez, "“I’m not worried,” said Seattle pitcher Felix Hernandez(notes), a Venezuela native. “I’ll just tell them I play baseball and it’ll be fine.”, right after concluding that players won't sign with the D-Backs... what a nutjob.

You know, catchers at the high levels of the Cubs' system are having a banner year so far:

MLB Cubs:


Iowa Cubs:

Castillo: .270/.357/.676

Robinson: .250/.382/.429


Chirinos: ..361/.414/.754

Clevenger: .333/.400/.400

This level of performance obviously won't last, but I have to believe this is the most talented catching core the Cubs have had in many a moon.

"I don't have any doubts you'll see [Castro] in Chicago this season, but to put an exact date on it would be foolish."

I imagine a boycott by the players of the the 2011 ASG or possibly even spring training would be the next step if the law isn't repealed by then.

I like next Tuesday. Push Theriot to 2nd and Bakernot to third until Aram acts like a professional hitter.

Cubs only hit indoors in Milwaukee.

If Ricketts is smart, he'll put a dome on Wrigley. Before tomorrow's game.

That would actually solve several problems.

The rooftop people would be pissed, tho

This season is going smashingly.

when they get Z back in the rotation it'll just be like making a trade.

Odds that Cubs even score 3 runs in this game?

I get the feeling that they are all trying to hit homers. Is anyone else getting that vibe?

Not watching, but after Fukudome hit the grand slam yesterday it was pretty obvious that Lee and Ramirez were looking to pad their stats, rather than just get on base.

6 runs. Take that Debbie Downer.

it being the last day of April and all, but that original plan of batting Fukudome third sure seems like a good one right about now.

Wells had better get it going or his slugging is going to fall below our cleanup hitter's.

The sabermetricians are welcome to have their opinions about our business. However, I choose to ignore their opinions.


I mean not really. Stats have their place, but you really got to keep it in perspective. Stats are a historical record of what happened, not a crystal ball to tell you what WILL happen. Sure, there are predictors, but they usually aren't very good.

So the thought is that Ryan Howard is going to start hitting 60 HR's annually?

I'm talking about stats, not Ryan Howard.

To ignore the historical record (stats) because it is not a perfect predictor of the future would be short sighted.

Sure, there are predictors, but they usually aren't very good.

depends on your definition of "Very good". Seems that distractors want 100% accuracy out of there stats-based predictions, but it's fair to say that you can predict a lot better today than say 25 years ago.

Well I don't want to get into a big stat v. gut feeling war because to be honest, I don't really know what's better. The truth, like so many other things, is probably somewhere in the middle. Stats are good for certain things, like seeing that a guy strikes out a lot, but it will never replace a good scouting report.

To the man who only has a hammer in the toolbox, every problem looks like a nail.

to replace the injured Suzuki...not sure who will be getting starts, him, Fox or Landon Powell (I assume Powell).

I guess that means he's still catching? How did the A's wind up with our two best power hitting prospects?

still catches primarily, a few games at 3b and 1b since becoming an A

92 K's to 80 BB's last year, not showing much HR power yet...

Looks like you get good patience or good power from him - not a bad replacement offensively for Suzuki.

I kind of don't miss having him on the team.

Yeah, Smardizija got sent down so we don't have a Heilman replacement anymore. There must be another ex-Irish reliever with no out-pitch we can find somewhere to fill the "we don't want to win this game" role for the Cubs.

Hey they both also went to ND.


Nice to club a team, for once, and get Wells an "easy" win.

was so surprised by Grabow's 1 IP with 2K's that they're giving the credit to Sean Marshall at the moment in my fantasy league.

Sean Marshall
(ChC - SP,RP)
SP Ari Top 9, 11-5 8% 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.50

Fox sports play by play also had Marshall and then changed it to Grabow after the inning was over... I was equally surprised.

despite the blow to his ERA today, Wells has turned himself into a strikeout pitcher so far this year

6 IP, 8 K's today...

27 K's in 31.1 IP against 5 BB's

Absolutely, Rob. Although I think he'll continue to be prone to giving up his share of base hits, the excellent control combined with minimal gopher ball tendencies should allow him to be effective most of the time.

...and nothing of value was lost

Dunno...I think he needs that labrum.

well, if he's not king of the wusses he can just man up and walk it off.

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  • May the best team win, and subsequently humiliate the Cardinals.

  • I love arriving here first thing in the morning, adding a few moronic posts (moranic for any Cardinals fans who may be trolling), and reading the sage posts of all you guys. Most knowledgeable fans on any forum, by far. So post like crazy today and help give TCR some visibility!

    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.