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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  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 5 min 38 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 27 min 25 sec ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 33 min 38 sec ago view
  • Rob Richardson 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 5 hours 36 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 6 hours 49 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 7 hours 12 min ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 7 hours 17 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 11 hours 17 min ago view
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 12 hours 5 min ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 12 hours 38 min ago view
  • jacos 12 hours 39 min ago view
  • It is remarkable how my mood has become uplifted with one game against the Cards.

    That is sick.

    But, I have been an addict for a long time.

    A W tomorrow and it will be a .500 road trip.

    Also, to keep the losses in perspective, if the Cubs were to lose 10 games a month - a lot at this current pace - they still end up 102-60. Six months of the ride!

    The E-Man 12 hours 49 min ago view