Cubs Win! Cubs Lose! Cubs Win! Cubs Lose!

Evan Crawford raked a two-run triple over the left-fielder's head to tie the game, Tony Campana followed with an RBI single (his third hit of the game) to plate Crawford, and D. J. Lemahieu capped the inning with an RBI double to score Campana, as the Cubs Minor League All-Stars rallied for four runs in the top of the 9th to defeat the Chicago Cubs 8-6 in the 2011 Cubs Spring Training Intrasquad Charity Game at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in sunny Mesa, AZ, this morning.

The Cubs major league players were long gone by the time the Cubs Minor League All-Stars put together their game-winning 9th inning rally, but while they were still around, Randy Wells worked three innings, throwing two shutout and hitless innings before allowing one run on two hits in his third inning of work (a bunt single by Kyung-Min Na leading off the inning, a 3-U GO, and an RBI ground single to CF by Tony Campana). For the day, Wells threw 43 pitches (26 strikes) and he looked fairly sharp, getting a ton of ground balls (7/1 GO/FO).

John Grabow threw a 1-2-3 eight-pitch 4th (three balls hit sharply, but all right at somebody), and James Russell threw a shutout 5th (lead-off double, but then he pitched out of trouble nicely, getting a 5-3 GO, an L-7, and a K).

Marcos Mateo had a bad outing, allowing two runs on four hits in the 6th (two singles leading off the inning, a 6-4-3 DP, and then an RBI double and an RBI single, both hits coming with two outs).

The Chicago Cubs offense didn’t do much against the Minor League All-Stars starter (veteran AAA LHP J. R. Mathes) through the first three innings (no runs, three hits), but then Starlin Castro led-off the bottom of the 4th with a double down the LF line, and scored on a one-out RBI single by Jeff Baker. Darwin Barney capped the inning by crushing a two-run HR over the LF fence, giving the Chicago Cubs a 3-1 lead.

The Cubs major leaguers then headed for the showers and a bus ride to Sky Harbor International Airport, where they were scheduled to fly back to Chicago via charter at about 4 PM local time, arriving in Chicago around 9 PM (CDT). The Cubs will have a closed workout at Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon, before Opening Day on Friday versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Other game highlights after the MLB Cubs left the game included a two run Cubs 6th (Nelson Perez lead-off single, Junior Lake opposite-field double into the RF corner, and a Ryan Flaherty RBI single), a two-out RBI double by Marquez Smith lined off the LF fence in the 7th (M. Smith also made two outstanding stops & throws at 3B), a Josh Vitters RBI double off Marcos Mateo in the 6th and a Vitters RBI triple off the CF Batter’s Eye "Green Monster" in the 7th, and then of course the four-run rally in the top of the 9th featuring the Evan Crawford game-tying RBI triple (the long-legged long-striding Crawford looked like he was running the final leg in the 440 relay as he whipped around the bases), the Tony Campana game-winning RBI single (Campana also stole two bases earlier in the game), and the D. J. Lemahieu RBI double to cap the scoring.

Cubs #1 pitching prospect RHP Trey McNutt followed Mathes to the mound for the Minor League All-Stars and threw four innings of one-run ball and was the winning pitcher, despite allowing eight baserunners (three hits and five walks). McNutt was very wild throughout his outing, throwing 63 pitches in his four innings of work, but only 31 of the pitches (less than half) for strikes.

Here is today’s box score:


1a. Brett Jackson, CF: 0-2 (BB, 3-U, K)
1b. Evan Crawford, LF: 1-2 (K, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
2. Tony Campana, LF-CF: 3-5 (4-6 FC, 1B, 1B, K, 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB)
3. D. J. Lemahieu, 2B-3B: 2-5 (5-3, 6-4-3 DP, 1B, F-8, 2B, RBI)
4a. Rebel Ridling, 1B: 0-3 (E-5, F-8, 5-4-3 DP)
4b. Nate Samson, 2B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, SB)
5. Josh Vitters, 3B-1B: 2-5 (K, 4-3, 2B, 3B, 5-3, R, 2 RBI)
6a. Steve Clevenger, C: 0-2 (3-1, L-7)
6b. Sergio Burruel, C: 1-2 (1B, L-5, RBI)
7a. Marwin Gonzalez, SS: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, 4-3)
7b. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-1 (3-U)
8. Jae-Hoon Ha, RF: 1-4 (L-7, 5-3, F-9, 2B, R)
9. Kyung-Min Na, DH #1: 2-4 (1B, L-7, 1B, 4-3, R, SB)
10b. Micah Gibbs, DH #2: 1-1 (1B, R)

1a. Kosuke Fukudome, RF: 0-2 (3-1, F-8)
1b. Nelson Perez, RF: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, BB, R)
2a. Starlin Castro, SS: 1-2 (F-9, 2B, R)
2b. Junior Lake, SS: 1-2 (2B, F-7, R)
2c. Wes Darvill, PH-SS: 0-1 (F-8)
3a. Alfonso Soriano, DH #1: 0-1 (5-3)
3b. SLOT SKIPPED 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th TIMES THRU ORDER
4a. Tyler Colvin, LF: 0-2 (4-3, L-4)
4b. Ryan Flaherty, LF: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, RBI)
4c. D. J. Fitzgerald, PH-LF: 0-1 (P-4)
5a. Jeff Baker, 1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI)
5b. Justin Bour, PR-1B: 0-2 (3-U, BB, FC, 2 R, RBI)
6a. Darwin Barney, 2B: 1-2 (F-8, HR, R, 2 RBI)
6b. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB)
6c. Pierre LePage, 2B: 0-1 (F-9)
7a. Blake DeWitt, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
7b. Marquez Smith, 3B: 1-2 (5-3, 2B, RBI)
7c. Reggie Golden, PH: 0-0 (BB)
8a. Reed Johnson, CF: 0-2 (P-5, 4-6 FC)
8b. Rubi Silva, CF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, 6-4 FC)
9a. Koyie Hill, C: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, K)
9b. Michael Brenly, C: 0-0 (BB, SB)
9c. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-1 (F-8)
10a. Carlos Pena, DH #2: 0-1 (P-5)
10b. SLOT SKIPPED 2nd, 3rd, and 4th TIME THRU ORDER
11a. Randy Wells, DH #3: 0-0 (1-4 SH)
11b. SLOT SKIPPED 2nd, 3rd, and 4th TIMES THRU ORDER

1. J. R. Mathes: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 60 pitches (44 strikes), 8/6 GO/FO
2. Trey McNutt: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 63 pitches (31 strikes), 4/5 GO/FO

1. Randy Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 43 pitches (26 strikes), 7/1 GO/FO
2. John Grabow: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 8 pitches (6 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
3. James Russell: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (13 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Marcos Mateo: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 16 pitches (12 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
5. Jeffrey Lorick: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 21 pitches (12 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
6. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 17 pitches (11 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
7. Frank Batista: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 31 pitches (19 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
8. Justin Berg: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 pitches ( 2 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO

1. SS Marwin Gonzalez E-6 – errant relay throw to 1st base on attempted 6-4-3 DP went into 1st base dugout allowing batter to advance to 2nd base
2. 3B Josh Vitters E-5 – fielding error while trying to cut-off throw to plate allowed batter-runner to advance from 1st to 2nd base on RBI single
3. 1B Josh Vitters E-3 – errant throw to 2nd base allowed runner who had been picked-off to arrive safely.

1. 3B Blake DeWitt E-5 – errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach safely
2. LF Ryan Flaherty E-7 - errant throw home allowed batter-runner to advance to 2nd base on an RBI single

Sergio Burruel: 0-1 CS

1. Koyie Hill: 0-2 CS
2. Michael Brenly: 0-1 CS
3. Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS

LF Evan Crawford threw out runner at home plate 7-2 trying to score on double

CF Rubi Silva threw out runner at home plate 8-2 trying to score from 2nd base on single to CF


They should play a best of three series between the minor leaguers and the major leaguers before camp breaks.

Colleges do it when the fall season ends. Good for the young ones and fun for the vets.

Vets wouldn't want to lose and young'uns would want to impress.


I think most fans would rather watch the regulars, and attendance would suffer. Revenue is revenue.

and az phil's headline points to project .500, quite well done, sir.

March? Pfft.

Happy Opening Day, all. Welcome back, Real Baseball.

Opening Day Chicago Weather Forcast:

High 49, Low 33
Precipitation 70%

Lets play two.

April Fools!

Is one of the fine TCR writers going to put up the season predictions contest which we will all forget about by late May?

if someone volunteers to grade it this year

last year, I think I highlighted all the correct answers but don't have time to add it up

here's FA Frenzy, the first 7 or so entries got messed up unfortunately.

looks like Kyle Simpson won with 8 picks

W. Davis signs a 4-year guaranteed pre-arb deal with the possibility of it being a 7-year deal (3 team options).

very anxious to see how plays on Roku...

otherwise I'm off to buy a new Apple TV

well so far, on Roku is pretty awesome. Not as good as getting the Extra Innings package of course, but the pixelation and stuttering is pretty minor so far.

No word on minor league players being released.

Chipper Jones and McCann can still hit...

Against Livian Hernandez. Amazing he's an opening day starter again.

Their roster is like a who's who list of terrible players.

Cubs and Pirates tomorrow.

Despite all the complaints I've had all season about the Cubs, baseball is a beautiful sport. I'm thrilled the season has started.


Yikes! Weeks and Gomez back to back hr's to start the Brewers-Reds game.

knew I should have sat Volquez today

That would be scary as a pitcher. To give up two home runs to start the season; next batters... Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder.

Rickie Weeks looks like he's gained 30 lbs. Now he's a tank. He's so large/wide, I wonder how much it will affect him on defense and stealing bases.


Nevermind... the computer is on the fritz.

Is HAL posting messages again? Bad AI, Bad!

Yahoo said the game was delayed, so I was asking if anyone knew why. I think Yahoo! was just wrong, though.

I was at the game. 2nd row behind the Brewers dugout. And Weeks indeed looked huge. Unfortunately only the second game I have been to but man... was that crazy. Despite being a Cubs fan it was fun going crazy with my roommate who is a huge Reds fan.

CarrieMuskat: Repeating #Cubs #OpeningDay lineup Friday: RF Fuke, SS Castro, CF Byrd, 3B Ramirez, 1B Pena, C Soto, LF Soriano, 2B Barney, P Dempster

At least Soto isn't 8th.

It's good to have Byrd batting third instead of Soto so that we break up the RH oh... wait nevermind, it must be so the bases don't get clogged ahead of burners Ramirez and Pena. This way the real slug in the lineup, Soriano, doesn't have to worry about running up behind Soto...

As poor an argument as "hit the fast guys first, regardless of OB skill" is, it pales in comparison to "Hit your 7th best hitter 3rd, where he can put his slightly above average speed to good effect."

Baker can call up Castillo and they can comiserate together, I guess.

According to ZIPS projection and this lineup tool that lineup would score 4.710 runs per game, down .132 (or about 21 runs for the course of a season), from the optimum. Soto, Fukudome, Castro, Pena, BYRD, Ramirez, Soriano, Pitchers/PH, Barney.

Re: optimum. Leadoff catchers are fun. Was Biggio the last regular leadoff catcher? Maybe Jason Kendall? Anyone remember any others?

The Rays catcher was batting leadoff in the playoffs last year. He hits like Robinson Chironos, but with less XBH's.

And of course, more at bats in the majors....

Yes... it was the 2-10 he had in the majors in 2008 that lead the Rays to believe he should be their leadoff hitter for a playoff contending team at the age of 26.

How many at bats does Jaso have in the majors. Chirinos?

Ok.....thank you.

yeah that was cute...we'll pretend those replies didn't happen and celebrate another Cubs loss.

In retrospect I am content with letting Dusty's comment there stand.

yeah, just consider the topic closed dusty.

fine rob.....whatever

Jason Kendall definitely did it, as recently as 2006, with 90 starts at leadoff.

Tip O the hat Barney start

Wag O the Finger Byrd batting third

i see in the fine print of AZP's account that k. hill got a hit yesterday! and we have an $18 million player batting 7th on OD; what a juggernaut lineup this must be! let's light this candle...

There's been a lot said about the high expectations that the Cubs had the past few years... they don't have that problem this year, do they?

Will make my summer more enjoyable.
Either they will meet expectations, and I'll quietly tune out early and enjoy my summer away from the TV...
Or, they'll beat expectations and make it fun again to hang on every pitch.

Ooo! Ooo! A The Right Stuff reference!

How much for your daughter? Your girls? I want to buy them. Sell me your women!

Two Mules for Sister Sara??

Blues Brothers.

I love Two Mules, though.

Brewers blow the lead and a nice outing by Gallardo, Reds win with walk off hr by Hernandez.

Just think, when Hawkins returns from the DL, he can settle down the back of their bullpen.

Cameron Maybin shuts 40,000 people in STL up with a game tying 9th inning hr.

That was a nice time to get home from work - and now the Cardinals are Cubbering up the defense.

Theriot sucks, gives Padres a present.

pujols 0-5 with 3 gidp.



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  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

  • Nice little reportage there!. I think you're older than me. Considerably older. Maybe several generations. Working out is so essential, especially as age kicks in, isn't it? I still lift weights, and so I'm confident that when I get to be at the hip breaking age, mine won't be a statistic. But I have a ways to go for that to be a concern.

  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that... 

  • I was there too. The crowd was absolutely electric. People were standing for every big and semi-big moment, from the first inning on. It felt incredibly strange and exhilarating to see the Cubs (the Chicago bleepin' Cubs!) score playoff insurance runs on the Cardinals. What a game. One to remember.

  • 14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.

  • I was there too, with my grown son. This is my miracle year-- I rose to the top of the season ticket list after eight years, completely unexpectedly, and my wonderful wife agreed to put the ticket fee on the emergency credit card. The whole point of course was that the Cubs were going to be good this year, and then for a while, so to get season tickets with the guaranteed shot at the postseason was incredible timing. We got to the remote lot at 4:10 after stopping at Nhu Lan for our usual banh mi sandwiches, only to find the lot full, way earlier than normal.

  • Wrigley was electric tonite
    Not many card fans
    Video board was great, they played "there goes my hero" by foos over ryno highlights before he came out. Spectacular

    Good times hopefully they win tomorrow but think Lester will beat poopy pants on Wednesday.

    Happy 4th anniversary of Theo's signing

    Go Cubs !

  • Yeah. "Goodbye!" is a lame HR call.

    I miss Len and JD -- although, driving home from a friend's, WBBM played all 6 HR calls in a row -- and Len got to call the Bryant/Rizzo back-to-back. Very fun.

  • Lackey has been a beast against us. His stats on 3 days rest, however, not as nice. There is plenty of hope.

  • And, no dreadlocks grown yet.

  • Captain Obvious Strikes Again!!!

  • Amen, brother.