Pancho Dempster - Master of Camelback Ranch

Ryan Dempster threw five shutout innings and Carlos Pena drove-in two runs with a solo HR and a single, leading the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the White Sox in Cactus League action at Camelback Ranch this afternoon.



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In Chicago "Crosstown Classic" means Northside (Cubs) versus Southside (Sox), but in the Cactus League the "Crosstown Classic" is Eastside (Cubs) versus Westside (Sox). And such it was today, as 11,599 fans crowded into the Stadium at Camelback Ranch to watch the Cubs battle the Sox.


Ryan Dempster was masterful, allowing two hits, a walk, a HBP, and a WP, while striking out six, in 5.0 IP (64 pitches - 38 strikes, 2/4 GO/FO). And one of the hits was a catchable fly ball that fell between Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd in left-centerfield.


Sean Marshall, Thomas Diamond, Scott Maine, and Jeff Samardzija followed Dempster to the hill, with each pitcher throwing one inning. Only Samardzija was ineffective, allowing three runs in the bottom of the 9th on an infield single (not very well played by Blake DeWitt), a ringing double, and a Lastings Milledge two-run HR.


The Cubs scored single runs in each of the first three innings off Sox starter Mark Buehrle.


Jeff Baker led-off the game with a line-drive double into the LF corner (Baker's first of two doubles today), and after Starlin Castro walked and Marlon Byrd was called out on strikes, Geovany Soto ripped a single up through the box to score Baker.


Carlos Pena cracked a solo HR (his first as a Cub) over the right-centerfield fence off Buehrle to lead off the top of the 2nd inning, and then the new Cub first-baseman also knocked-in the third Cub run in the top of the third on a line-drive single down the RF line (also off lefty Buehrle), scoring Geovany Soto from 2nd base. The RBI opportunity was available thanks to a fielding error by White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham on what probably should have been an inning-ending 4-6-3 DP. 


The Cubs scored what proved to be a necessary insurance run in the top of the 9th, as Blake DeWitt and Brett Jackson smacked back-to-back two-out doubles, DeWitt's a ringer into the left-centerfield power alley, and Jackson's an opposite-field liner into the LF corner that was almost an exact duplicate of his walk-off game-winning hit yesterday at HoHoKam.  


Although it did not appear to be a serious injury, Augie Ojeda left the game after being hit on the foot by a Jesse Crain pitch.


The Cubs made two roster moves today, optioning RHP Esmailin Caridad and LHP John Gaub to Iowa. (Minor League Spring Training games start next Thursday). Both pitchers struggled in recent Cactus League outings. Caridad missed most of last season with a sore right elbow and forearm, and Gaub battled control issues at Iowa before being sent to Fitch Park in June.

Comments

"when someone yells 'hey carlos' in the lockerroom i don't fall for that anymore." - carlos pena on the amount of carlos-named-players in the lockerroom and how it's become a joke.

lulz.

They could just nickname our new 1b "Carl Pepper".

Hank White likes that nickname

Ex-Cub minor league 2B Dwayne Kemp is playing for the Royal Dutch (Netherlands) National Team that is playing in the St Petersburg International Baseball Tournament in Florida, so expect to see him playing for The Netherlands in the WBC next year. He is the son of legendary Dutch baseball player, coach, and manager Adonis Kemp.

Kempy was the second European player signed by the Cubs (Italian RHP Alessandro Maestri was the first), and was in the Cubs system for three years (2008-2010). His Cub career never really got very far, mainly due to a series of injuries that kept him at Extended Spring Training three years in a row. He was released last Spring.

The Royal Dutch (Netherlands) National team played the Tampa Bay Rays last Wednesday, and they play the Phillies tomorrow.

AZ Phil: how has Scott Maine looked to you? I'm thinking Grabow starts the season on the DL.
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Lefty John Grabow, sidelined in recent days with a sore shoulder, is expected to throw on the side today, with a possible return to a game coming by Tuesday.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/...

Submitted by Cubster on Sat, 03/12/2011 - 8:44am.
AZ Phil: how has Scott Maine looked to you? I'm thinking Grabow starts the season on the DL.

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CUBSTER: Right now I'm thinking Scott Maine makes the Cubs Opening Day 25 whether or not Grabow starts the season on the DL. Maine has looked the best of all the relief candidates so far.

Scott Maine and Robert Coello have the best stuff among the younger relievers, but Coello has trouble throwing strikes consistently, so if they keep only one, I believe it would be Maine. Marcos Mateo would probably be third on the list behind Maine and Coello, but he has some control issues, too.

I've been a fan of Maine since the Cubs acquired him.

For those of you who care about these things, Maine is who we eventually got in exchange for Ronnie Cedeno and Felix Pie.

I thought we got him for Heilman.

We did. But we traded Ronnie Cedeno and Garret Olson for Heilman.And previously we traded Felix Pie for Olson.

For the full picture, the Cubs traded Felix Pie to the Orioles for Garrett Olson and Henry Williamson.

Then 10-days later traded Olson and Ronny Cedeno to the Mariners for Aaron Heilman.

Then after a year of Heilman, they traded him to the Diamondbacks for Scott Maine and Ryne White.

Williamson and White have since been released, leaving Maine as the only Cubs link to Pie and Cedeno.

To get an even fuller picture:

The Cubs turned a 1999 undrafted free agent signing (Cedeno) and 5 years of minor league development, a 2001 undrafted free agent signing (Pie) and 7 years of minor league development, into 1 year of Aaron Heilman (72.1 innings pitched, 4.11 ERA) for whatever they also payed him that year, and a 6th round draftee from 2007 (Maine). With Ryne White and Henry Williamson no longer associated with the Cubs, as noted above.

To get an even more fuller picture:

Ronnie Cedeno was orphaned at the age of 18 months when his parents were lost in a freak snowstorm during a trip to the grocery store for Miracle Whip. Cedeno wandered out of the family home and was taken in by wolves, who raised him in their den. Cedeno didn't learn to speak Spanish or any English until his 5th year in the major leagues, instead, uttering nonsensical (to others) phrases like "Ack! Ack Ack Hruuuuuuuuuhhhhh!"

Felix Pie was named after both Felix the Cat and his mother's favorite recipe, Cat Pie.

That Cedeno was eventually traded for Aaron Heilmann was irony in it's true form.

lulz.

I do think it's interesting that Pie's father was Haitian, which is where the French-sounding name ("P-yay") comes from, and why the Cat Pie story is apocryphal.

It's the Spanish word for foot and it's pronounced exactly that way in Spanish, isn't it? How does Pie sound French?

Yeah, you're right, Charlie. My Spanish is weak or nonexistent. El pie in Spanish, le pied in French, pronounced the same (to my ear).

Felix Foot.

Cat Foot!

Didn't Sandburg (Carl) say that fog comes on little cat feet?

I suddenly feel unclean.

Az Phil, have you seen Junior Lake yet this week? I am wondering if he has gotten bigger and might outgrow the SS position. Thanks.

Submitted by Hagsag on Sat, 03/12/2011 - 10:26am.
Az Phil, have you seen Junior Lake yet this week? I am wondering if he has gotten bigger and might outgrow the SS position. Thanks

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HAGSAG: Junior Lake was one of the 16 "early arrivals" among position players at Minor League Camp. He does not look bigger than he did last year. He is still playing SS.

c.silva with 2 decent innings...so far.

good 1st/2nd/4th...cruddy 3rd...meh cruddy 5th...

5ip 5h 4er 0bb 2k 2hr

Cubs on in ten minutes on WGN.

Parachat?

smells like mothballs and mold in parachat.

Starlin Castro with a 2 run Vegas H(ooke)R, after Fukudome walked to lead off vs Leake

Scott Moore needs to find a job on this team.

F' Pena.

k.hill double!

1-3 on the day.

he's played some good D behind the plate today, too...blocking and throwing.

Was just gonna post!

KHill 1ST HIT OF SPRING TRAINING!!

He has sealed his spot on the 25-man today!!

Way to go HILL, you offensive machine!!

well hopefully that'll end the Todd Wellemeyer talk

Berg has a scoreless inning lower his ERA to 34.71

McNutt with a scoreless inning as well

Cubs lose 7-6 in game Silva starts

welle needed a continuation of what he was doing to even make it interesting...he sure as hell didn't do that today.

No one seems to want to be the 5th outfielder or 5th starter at this point. I guess Perez and Cashner are the favorites, but they're sure giving Skinny Dick enough PA's.

Coello trying to finish out the win in the other split-squad game that's also versus the Reds.

trying = failing.

neat game, though.

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  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 41 min 57 sec ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 14 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 24 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 5 hours 7 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 9 hours 52 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 9 hours 53 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 19 hours 34 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 22 hours 32 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 22 hours 45 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 22 hours 53 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 22 hours 59 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 23 hours 17 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 23 hours 53 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 1 day 11 min ago view