Cubs Clip Angel Wings at Fitch Park

Six pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter, and the Cubs scored once in the 6th to break a 1-1 tie and take the lead and two more insurance runs in the 7th to provide the final margin of victory, defeating the Angels 4-1 in AZ Instructional League action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning against Cubs starter Charles Thomas, as Matt Long lined an RBI triple into the RF corner.

The Halos only other hit was a two-out single in the top of the 5th, as Cub relievers combined to retire 11 of the last 12 Angel hitters they faced.

The Cubs tied it up in the bottom of the 2nd on a Jeffrey Baez sacrifice fly, following a lead-off walk to Micah Gibbs and consecutive singles by Neftali Rosario and Justin Marra.

The game remained 1-1 going into the bottom of the 6th inning, when Rubi Silva led-off with a line-drive single over the 2nd baseman’s head, stole 2nd base, and then came around to score on a Rafael Lopez RBI single.

The Cubs scored their final two runs of the day in the bottom of the 7th, as Neftali Rosario reached base on an E-5 to open the inning, and after advancing to 3rd base on a stolen base plus an E-2 overthrow at 2nd base, scored when Trey Martin crushed a two-out RBI double over the centerfielder’s head. And then Carlos Penalver came through with another two-out RBI hit (a single to CF) to plate Martin from 2nd base with the game’s final run.

Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only):

LINEUP:
1. Rubi Silva, 2B: 1-3 (L-8, BB, 1B, F-7, R, SB, CS)
2. Zeke DeVoss, LF: 1-4 (1B, K, K, 4-3, CS)
3a. Rafael Lopez, C: 1-1 (BB, BB, 1B, RBI)
3b. Garrett Schlecht, PR-DH: NO AB
3c. Dan Vogelbach, PH: 0-1 (4-3)
4a. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
4b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (K)
5. Micah Gibbs, 1B: 0-2 (BB, F-7, 4-3, R)
6. Neftali Rosario, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, E-5, R, SB)
7. Justin Marra, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, P-5, F-8, RBI)
8. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (F-8 SF, P-3, K, RBI)
9. Trey Martin, CF: 1-3 (K, 5-3, 2B, R, RBI)
10. Carlos Penalver, SS: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, RBI)

PITCHERS:
1. Charles Thomas: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 34 pitches (23 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
2. Austin Reed: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (6 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Luis Liria: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 41 pitches (22 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
4. Tarlandus Mitchell: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 12 pitches (6 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
5. Frank Del Valle: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 18 pitches (14 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
6. Tony Zych: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

ERRORS: 1
SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CATCHERS DEFENSE
Rafael Lopez: 1-3 CS

ATTENDANCE: 29

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70’s

Comments

vogelbach's lack of consistent playing time has me wondering what they have him working on. at least i think it's inconsistent...seems that way...i could be wrong.

i'm assuming he's not hobbled/injured and they have him working on something, anyway. i hear his D is decent. there's very few highschoolers that don't need bat tweaking...and he's new to everyone not in florida...but i wonder what he's working on.

He's definitely making too much money to be sitting on the bench.

im not really 100% sure he isn't seeing regular time...it just seems like he should be playing more to me.

that said...it's nice to finally have a power bat in the system who's possible ceiling is 40+HR rather than 20-30HR. it's been a while...a really really long while. so long that no one's popping to mind that i can recall even in the 90s/00s...brooks k., maybe...ryan harvey, meh...

Pat Bourque?

looks like an even bigger douche behind a desk.

Your thoughts, AZ Phil? ;)

Also, whom are you most excited about at instructs so far? Thanks!

Next Paul Sullivan will report that he interviewed some guy taking a dump in the stall next to Theo. The guy swears it was Theo as he recognized his shoes. Sully was nearby using the lower kids urinal.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

Really? There are so many douchebags around Wrigley that look like Epstein, how would anyone know for sure without requesting two kinds of photo ID?

It's poor journalism. Not too long ago a 'tip' like that would never have been mentioned. It's unverifiable, and Sullivan's writing is amateurish. TMZ and the 24 hour sensationalist media have infected everything.

You are so right.

This is where the "bar" is for aspiring journalists.

Somewhere Edward R. Murrow is puking his guts out.

I love to make fun of Sullivan too, but when the headline is:

"Fans see what they want ... they want to see Epstein"

and then proceeds to write a very tongue in cheek article, there should be no aspirations of trying to win a Pulitzer with it. It even includes the line:

Anything is open to speculation with no information available.

About the most harmless article in the world, get over it people.

Was just going to post similiar thoughts. I don't like Sullivan at all, but this was clearly not meant to be taken so seriously.

"Funny how? I mean, funny like I'm a clown? I amuse you? I make you laugh? I'm here to fucken' amuse you? How da fuck am I funny? What da fuck is so funny about me? Tell me. Tell me what's funny."

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Comcast new england is also re-reporting the Sullivan article but says at the bottom that according to "sources" the Cubs have gotten permission to talk to Epstein (although the Redsox haven't said that publicly).

http://www.csnne.com/10/09/11/Epstein-spotted...

My sources say Paul Sullivan is considering offers to take a job with TMZ. They have offered him the Brad Pitt gig. TMZ wanted someone with some baseball experience now that Pitt is a GM. Sully was last seen getting a banana and a grande mocha latte at a starbucks in LA to prepare for a dummy interview with Angeline.

Had the pleasure of seeing this game on Saturday with the esteemed AZ Phil. It was great talking with him and, as you can see from the report, it didn't distract him in the slightest from reporting on the game. These Instructional League games are the best way of seeing professional ballplayers play the game. Talk about being close to the action and the players -- nothing compares.

I hope you bought his beers!

True dat!

I would have loved to, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited at Fitch Park (per their sign at the entrance). No concessions stand open, either, so couldn't offer to buy him anything else while we were there. I did offer him a stick of chewing gum...

...i wish i got paid in gum.

:(

took me a second....

I could have bought him one at the Arizona Fall League game later that night at HoHoKam Park Dwight W. Patterson Field (they have beer at their concessions), but he worked that evening (he does all this and has a job!) and couldn't attend.

slacker

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  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 1 min 41 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 23 min 28 sec ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 29 min 41 sec ago view
  • Rob Richardson 58 min 46 sec ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 5 hours 32 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 7 hours 13 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 11 hours 13 min ago view
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 12 hours 1 min ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 12 hours 34 min ago view
  • jacos 12 hours 35 min ago view
  • It is remarkable how my mood has become uplifted with one game against the Cards.

    That is sick.

    But, I have been an addict for a long time.

    A W tomorrow and it will be a .500 road trip.

    Also, to keep the losses in perspective, if the Cubs were to lose 10 games a month - a lot at this current pace - they still end up 102-60. Six months of the ride!

    The E-Man 12 hours 45 min ago view