Triple City in Seven Run Cubs 6th Trips A's at Fitch Park

Marco Hernandez, Jesus Morelli, and Yaniel Cabezas ripped run-scoring triples to highlight a seven-run 6th, as the EXST Cubs rallied from an early 4-1 deficit to defeat the EXST Athletics 9-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.

EXST games usually are played as nine inning games where the home team takes an AB in the bottom of the 9th even if it is ahead, but this morning’s game was stopped after eight innings when both the A’s and Cubs ran out of available pitchers.

Angel Guzman (2010 shoulder surgery rehab) got the start for the Cubs and went more than one inning for the first time since his surgery. The right-hander breezed through his first inning of work, throwing an 11-pitch 1-2-3 1st inning (F-7, K, 4-3), but then he began to falter in his second inning (F-8, BB, 2B, 4-3, BB), throwing 20 pitches (but only ten strikes) before being relieved with two outs, one run in, and runners at the corners.

Gooz was quite obviously frustrated with his inability to throw strikes in the 2nd inning, cursing himself when he bounced his final pitch (a curve) into the dirt on a 3-2 pitch for ball four. While he has his fastball velocity up to 92 MPH, he also has control lapses from time-to-time, especially if he has to throw more than a dozen pitches in an inning. So don’t expect to see Angel Guzman in Chicago anytime soon.

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

1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 3-4 (3B, K, 1B, BB, 1B, R)
2. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 2-2 (BB, BB, 1B, 3B, BB, R, 3 RBI)
3. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-4 (5-4 FC, P-4, 2B, HBP, K, R)
4. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (P-5, 4-3, 3B, K, R, RBI)
5. Dong-Yub Kim, DH: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, K, RBI)
6a. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-1 (BB, F-8)
6b. Eduardo Gonzalez, RF: 1-2 (1B, K, R, RBI)
7. Chad Noble, 1B: 1-4 (6-4-3 DP, K, E-5, 1B, R)
8. Jesus Morelli, LF: 1-3 (BB, 4-3, 3B, F-9, R, 2 RBI)
9. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, E-4, K, 2 R, RBI)

1. Angel Guzman: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 31 pitches (17 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. Alvido Jimenez: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 50 pitches (31 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Alvaro Sosa: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (19 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Dustin Fitzgerald: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 19 pitches (16 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Amaury Paulino: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 30 pitches (12 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO


Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90’s



Any Wells or Cashner sighting's yet??

b.guyer (TB) HR in his 1st mlb AB.

gotta luv it!

go Cubs go

then 2 k's

went to University of Virginia, nice place for it. Wonder if he got the ball back?

Nice. He's probably going to steal AB's from Fuld.

I'm very curious to see what he does in a few hundred MLB AB's.

16 K through 7 for Cliff Lee, but down 3-0 and up to 117 pitches, doubt he'll get a chance to break record.

Derek Lowe with a no-hitter through 6 in same game.

and Victorino singles to lead-off inning

but Phillies trailing Braves 3-0 going into the bottom of the 7th. Anniversary of Kid K 20K game today as well.

yikes, i was too slow on the draw with the post.

Derek Fucking Rose



And its Derrick

Castro and Soriano sit...

Kosuke Fukudome, RF
Barney, SS
Marlon Byrd, CF
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Geovany Soto, C
DeWitt, 2B
Tyler Colvin, LF
Casey Coleman, P


the rest of the nation must be glued to the sub .500 matchup between Red Sox and Twins.

it's even worse on the east coast...they assume all you want to watch is NYY/BOS/ATL every week.

The one thing I really hated about Charlotte.

Being in an NL Central town, does have its advantages. Cubs hitting lots of fly balls to left that aren't going anywhere.

...and Fox is busy letting the announce crew talk about how interesting rain delays are rather than cutting to another game.

nothing like an interesting saturday afternoon watching eric karros talk about tarps.


in a "moment" they're going to the TB/BAL game...oh least grace is on the announce crew

sweet, rain delay in Boston, here comes the Cubs/Reds game...


why are they wearing O's/Rays uniforms?


speaking of, the Sam Fuld freefall continues

down to a OPS just over .700, OBP around .320

0-5 today...2 for last 40...ow.

Otherwise known as a Koyie Hill hot streak.


strikes out Votto twice...

baseball can be funny.

Tim McCarver: "Left Fielders are normally the worst fielding outfielders, so very few Left Fielders have a chance to win a gold glove."

I'm surprised Brennamen hasn't smothered McCarver to death with a pillow or pushed him out the booth.

"On May 22nd, Fox will debut a special about all the things that have happened in the world since the Cubs last won a World Series. It's in HD, so you can see the fans hearts breaking. If you miss it on the 22nd, don't worry, we'll bring it up every five minutes and show it constantly."

i know he's not the cubs problem...i mean, golden boy...anymore, but wtf is going on with chris archer?

6th AA start of 2011 a couple days ago...didn't make it through 5, again (only made it 5+ip once so far, 6ip)...

his control is as bad as one might expect, but he's also getting hit pretty well.

He had one start that had pretty good peripherials but he's allowing a lot more flyballs than he had the last two years with the Cubs. I think the Rays may have been tinkering to get his control improved, and wound up just fucking him up.

they may have to live with his control issues if he's going to be this hittable and still work deep counts on everyone trying to figure it out.

even with his control issues he could historically miss bats.

Instead of Fox's SAP being in Spanish, Fox should provide a secondary audio track of just the feed from the ballpark, minus the worst announcers in history destroying the broadcast.

Coleman leaves game with runners on first and third.

Wood comes in and gets a force out and letting runner on third score and Coleman's other runner is out at second base. So is the guy on first Wood or Coleman's responsibility?

Box score seems to say it's Coleman which I guess makes some sense.

Gonna be a tough loss for Coleman if Cubs don't come back.

Coleman gets the ER, Wood would get the loss, right?

if it's Coleman's ER, then he definitely would get the loss.

Wood gets a blown save though regardless if Cubs come back.

From the rule book: 10.17 (d) A losing pitcher is a pitcher who is responsible for the run that gives the winning team a lead that the winning team does not relinquish.

So I think Coleman is the losing pitcher if we don't score again, because he was charged with the ER that put the Reds ahead.

BTW, the MLB rule book is online:

Ok, thanks.

The 2nd runner is coleman's as well.

Yes, looking at the rulebook, it would be charged to Coleman.

UPDATE: MLB's box score already shows Coleman with 2 ER.

Woohoo! Pena.


...Pena's still got it.

so Stubbs drops the ball but it bounced over fence for ground rule double costing Cubs the winning run.



Koseke hit his single on a 95 mph fastball. Nice reflexes for an old man (34 yrs. old). I remember some discussion a little while back (couple of years ago) that he couldn't catch up to a good fastball. Glad that wasn't the case today.

Those infamous Wrigley Field ground rule doubles...

Cubs Win!

Nice comeback.

O's with 5 ex-Cubs in at the moment

Pie, Izturis, Lee, Fox and Gregg

jake fox the catcher is a horrible looking mess...well, that's harsh, but he doesn't look comfortable.

Awesome comeback. Good game. Congrats to Mateo for the first MLB 'W'.

Definitely deserved that comeback win after having Brennaman relieve Game 6 in painful detail in the 8th inning and the disappointment that is inherent in Cubdom.

At least he didn't get in a Bartman reference, suprisingly.

j.verlander is perfect through 6 and y.gallardo is pitching a no-hitter through 7. gall's pitch count is kinda high, though.

gall no hitter gone bottom 8th, 0 out.

verlander perfect game gone...walk, 1 out, 8th. no hitter in progress.

and verlander gets his 2nd no-hitter.

Per Musket tweet and Rotoworld followup...

Todd Wellemeyer has retired from baseball.
Wellemeyer made the announcement Saturday after allowing eight hits and four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Thursday at Triple-A Iowa. The 32-year-old will call it quits with a 4.83 career ERA and 1.51 career WHIP. He played eight major league seasons.

(and they still owe him a ws ring)

Howard Berk and the Boys rejoyce!

Bleacher Bugler/Bum and radio personality Mike Murphy resurfaces tomorrow on ESPN-1000 at 9 am with his ol' sidekick Fred Huebner.

Murph was embroiled in a legal despute with CBS and wscr over a restrictive covenant issue. He has been off the air since June 2009 but was under contract thru May 2010 (so he kept getting paid till then). After the contract expired he filed a class action suit vs CBS radio which owns wsux/wscr because the contract claimed to block local employment vs competitors for 6 months after contract expiration. The suit has yet to be resolved.

Even though Murph is often repetitive and usually off the deep end, I admit I missed his Cub loving presence on Chicago radio. Since Ron Santo is gone, nobody on radio leaves his Cub emotions on his sleeve like Murph.

His show will be weekly, every Sunday am, 9-1.

His yellow note pad will really be full tomorrow.

Good news, I always liked Murph.


He has been on for two weeks now, IIRC.

I listened to him last week.

Its just like "old days" though.

Good Sunday baseball talk show.

He has been on for two weeks now, IIRC.
Miss a little, miss a lot.

Put an 8 spot up in the 2nd inning - Ha with a grand slam the big blow. More impressive: lead-off man Junior Lake draws his 1st walk on the season (against 29 K).

I look at Daytona's lineup, and I don't see how they get to 22-8. I know they've had good pitching, but they score a lot of runs, too: first in the FSL in runs, home runs, BA, OPS. It's not all Jae-Hoon Ha. If this continues, we'll have to start taking some of their other players--like Lake, Bour, Cerda, Nelson Perez and Evan Crawford--more seriously as prospects.

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  • 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.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).