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):

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)

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

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

Rafael Lopez: 1-3 CS


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


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 just seems like he should be playing more to me.

that'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.

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."

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).

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.


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  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.

  • AZ Phil, what is the reason the Cubs are co-oping this team? They seem to have plenty of talent that would fill a roster.

  • RF is actually easier to play than LF in PNC so I'd guess Schwarber is there and that's why he was playing it Friday but yeah I'd say that's hopefully accurate.

  • Guess for Wednesday's lineup: Fowler (CF), Schwarber (LF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Montero (C), Russell (SS), Arrieta (P), Coughlan (RF)

  • Dusty already has blue and red wrist bands.

    /cmon dude