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):


LINEUP
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)


PITCHERS:
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)


ERRORS (1):
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)


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


ATTENDANCE: 8


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

Comments

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 [email protected] game screamed "White Power" really loud during a richie weeks at bat.

bet a million we won't hear anything about it...bet 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 noise...it'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?

...

Braves...

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.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore?gid=3004...

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

vs.

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.

Well-done.

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:

Soto:.340/.500/.480

Iowa Cubs:

Castillo: .270/.357/.676

Robinson: .250/.382/.429

Smokies:

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."

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/st...

http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/NickPie...

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.

Word.

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...

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/play...

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.

lol

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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  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 13 hours 32 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 16 hours 30 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 16 hours 42 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 16 hours 51 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 16 hours 56 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 17 hours 15 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 17 hours 51 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 18 hours 9 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 18 hours 10 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 18 hours 28 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 18 hours 36 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 19 hours 31 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 19 hours 49 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 19 hours 54 min ago view