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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  • "MLB announces #Cubs Minor League RHP Tanner Griggs receives 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for amphetamine"

    2014 12th rounder...

    it's hard to know who to blame...on one hand he's a baseball player, on the other he sells cars in the offseason...either job leads to amphetamine abuse. =p

  • Thanks PHIL! I thought only the Cubs had control until the last day of the MLB 2015 Season.

  • that's awesome...makes me look forward to hearing theo talk some more about how the team needs to be creative with finances because money is tight.


  • See What The Cubs Are Building This Off-Season For Wrigley Plaza, Clubhouse

  • CUBBIES-4-EVER: It's not unusual for a PTBNL to be chosen after the Rule 5 Draft from the list of Rule 5 eligible players who were not selected. That way, a club gets a player they like (perhaps somebody like OF Jeffrey Baez) without the cumbersome Rule 5 roster restrictions that go with a Rule 5 Draft pick.

  • Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent. He is under club control through the 2016 season. 

  • Haren was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA with the Cubs. Seems like he worked out just as expected.

  • Did they ever say or who the PTBNL or cash decision on Rodney was or who was the PTBNL in the Austin Jackson deal was yet? Neither was worth whatever they gave up. Cahill and Richard were the only two good "deadline" deals they made. Hunter (given Lake was the odd man out by far and taking up a roster spot) and Haren weren't worth it.

  • says he is, site says he's a Cub, great cooperation between the 2 sites, weird

  • The drafting of Shea at #1 was a sign of things to come -- an undersized white linebacker who's not particularly fast; lets make him an NFL defensive end! Just idiotic. When the best thing you can say about your #1 pick is that he has a "high motor", that's a problem...that's what you should say about late-round picks.

  • Not AZ PHIL but after being DFA'd by the Cubs (after they got him from the Pirates in the "I get a chance in the Majors clause"), the Cubs re-signed him for the remainder of the season. I do not believe service time is an issue for him, so he is eligible to opt for Major League Free Agency - which he is doing and the Cubs or someone else will sign him to an MLB deal. AZ PHIL please correct this if you see fit - but that is the most current info that I'm aware of.

  • To also be fair to Emery, wtf do you draft Shea McLellin as a #1, Jonathan Bostic in the same draft, let Peppers go in lieu of signing Jared Shit-Head, Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriguez, Isiah Frey, on and on...

    I will give him credit for Kyle Long - who is like my favorite player (what does THAT say about the team - but he did throw in the 90's as a former pitcher), and Jeffrey.

  • Geo Soto leaves the WSux and signs with the Angels who lost Chris Ianetta to the Mariners.

    Freed... The Angels also promoted Bobby Scales from director of player development to special assistant

  • AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.

  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.