Cubs Tie Up Loose Ends

The Cubs and Giants played to a 1-1 tie this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, in what was the Cubs final 2010 AZ Instructional League game.

The Cubs finished with a record of 7-9-4 in Instructional League play.

Cubs 2010 7th round draft pick RHP Ben Wells (Bryant HS – Bryant, AR) got the start for the Cubs today, and threw three innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and no walks, while striking out three. In four Instructs appearances covering 7.1 IP, Wells allowed no runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight (0.00 ERA and 0.55 WHIP).

CF Evan Crawford singled in the third inning to extend his Instructs hitting streak to ten games (he hit safely in all ten games in which he played). In the ten games, Crawford hit 385/400/590, with four stolen bases (1 CS), and three strikeouts and no walks in 40 PA. He is probably the fastest player in the Cubs organization. (Crawford was the minor league prospect the Cubs got back from the Giants in the Mike Fontenot trade in August).

And SS Hak-Ju Lee extended his Instructs errorless streak to 11 games (all 11 games in which he played). He also hit 294/368/384 with three stolen bases (1 CS) in those 11 games.

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

1. Evan Crawford, CF: 1-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, 5-3, RBI)
2. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 4-6 FC, 3-U)
3. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 0-2 (L-5, 4-3, BB, PO)
4. Justin Bour, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, 4-3, BB)
5. Jae-Hoon Ha, RF: 0-3 (E5, F-9, 6-3 GIDP)
6. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (5-3 SH, 1-3, 3-1)
7. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, 4-3)
8. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
9. Max Kwan, DH-C: 0-2 (6-3, K, BB, PO)
10. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (2B, 5-3, 1-3, R)

1. Ben Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (26 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Hunter Ackerman: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 24 pitches (15 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 35 pitches (19 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
4. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (7 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

3B Dustin Geiger E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base)

Sergio Burruel: 1-1 CS



WEATHER: Sunny, with temperatures in the 80’s



phillies are scouting their own pitcher (halladay) and radioing in mph/location of each pitch in real-time. micromanage much?

Blue Jays interested in Sandberg?

Ted Lilly staying with Dodgers.

I say let Ryno get some experience somewhere else before coming back to manage the Cubs. What if he bunts all the time? How will he relate to the star players? Let's see what kind of manager he is before we hire him.

What if he wins a World Series and doesn't want to come back while we have bat the best hitter 8th Mike Quade driving for top 5 draft picks?

I'd take that risk.
Ultimately, I think he needs time around current big league clubhouses and environments before he is named Cubs manager. Managing in MLB is different than the minors

Sandberg is a hall of fame player who has dealt with many personalities at the major league level. Unless you are saying that nobody who hasn't managed/coached at the big league level ever should be hired as manager, your point doesn't make sense. And if you are saying that you need experience coaching at MLB level before being hired, I am certain there are multiple counterexamples...did Piniella coach? Larussa? Bobby Cox? Joe Torre?...I am not sure of the answer for these, but am positive there are many examples disproving the concept that you need to coach at the major league level before being a manager.

Whether Sandberg is the correct choice is debatable (though I am ardently in favor of him), the debate is not, IMO, centered on previous MLB experience, particularly when considering the other parties we are interviewing.

I guess I would rather take a guy with 20 years of managing and coaching experience to one with 3 or 4 years.

Whatever risk you're attributing to his lack of being in a big league clubhouse during the regular season, is less than the risk of having an unknown, with no MLB playing experience being the manager. If you're Carlos Zambrano, who are you more likely to listen to? The hall of famer, or the guy who couldn't hit in high A at the age of 26?

Ted Roosevelt Lilly signs with Dodgers 3/44 ($$ not yet disclosed, but Ned Coletti was the original author of the Jason Schmidt contract). Rosenthal did say it was for 3 yrs.

Lilly signs with the Dodgers at 3/44.

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.