Jurica Slugs Giants to Victory at Indian School Park

Carter Jurica tripled and scored to key a two-run 1st inning, and blasted a solo HR leading off the bottom of the 6th to provide what proved to be the game-winning run, as the Giants edged the Cubs 3-2 in AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale.

The game was extended an extra half-inning so that Cubs LHRP Andrew McKirahan could get his pre-scheduled inning of work.

The Cubs offense sputtered once again, with heavy guns like Reggie Golden, Dustin Geiger, Javier Baez, Taiwan Easterling, and Rafael Lopez still out of the lineup with various injuries.

Zeke DeVoss was involved in both of the Cubs run-scoring innings, leading off the top of the 1st with a single back through the box, advancing to 2nd on a ground out (hit & run), and then scoring the first run of the game on a Micah Gibbs RBI single, and later driving-in Justin Marra from 3rd base with a single in the top of the 6th to tie the game (for a very short time) at 2-2.

The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by Cubs 3B Mark Malave, who came in at full tilt like the proverbial “bull in a china shop” (and the 16-year old Venezuelan is built like a bull, too!) to field a swinging bunt bare-handed, and then nailed the batter at 1st base by half a step for the third out of the inning with a strong off-balance throw that was right on the money. The Cub bench and the few spectators who were at the game whooped it up pretty good as Malave came off the field, and the kid was all-smiles.

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

LINEUP:
1. Zeke DeVoss, CF: 2-4 (1B, 6-3, 1B, 1-3, R, RBI)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-4 (5-3, K, K, 4-3)
3. Micah Gibbs, DH-C: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, K, RBI)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (P-6, 6-3, 1B)
5. Yaniel Cabezas, C-DH: 0-3 (P-4, 6-3, F-7)
6a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED 1st TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
6b. Jeimer Candelario: DH #2: 0-1 (4-6-3 DP)
7. Trey Martin, LF: 0-3 (L-9, F-9, K)
8a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-1 (K, BB, CS)
8b. Rubi Silva, 2B: 1-1 (1B)
9. Justin Marra, DH #3: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, 3-1, R)
10a. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (5-3)
10b. Shawon Dunston, Jr, RF: 0-1 (1-3 SH, 4-3)
11. Mark Malave, 3B: 1-3 (L-7, 1B, K)

PITCHERS:
1. Scott Weismann: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 26 pitches (18 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
2. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 28 pitches (18 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
3. Christopher Pieters: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 35 pitches (16 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Felix Pena: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 17 pitches (9 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. Amaury Paulino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 8 pitches (5 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
6. Andrew McKirahan: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

ERRORS: NONE

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Micah Gibbs: 2-2 CS

OUTFIELD ASSIST:
RF Shawon Dunston, Jr - threw out batter 9-6 trying to stretch a single into a double

ATTENDANCE: 20

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

Az Phil,
Has Luis Acosta played at all in Instructs?

Source: Right now no other Sox personnel going to Cubs with Theo
&
Talks on Theo compensation have not progressed according to source.

http://mlbbuzz.yardbarker.com/blog/mlbbuzz/an...

Cubs and Red Sox could fight over Sandberg as well.

she doesn't know who Cubs are offering or who Red Sox are asking but says "#Cubs Brett Jackson is not in the package".

if no B. Jackson and no major leaguers (cashner, castro, Garza, Soto), then do we care that much about anyone else (within some reason of course).

McNutt would hurt, but I'd get over it quick. I could see them liking Golden. They may like Flaherty's skillset. Cub Carpenter maybe...

Doesn't matter if it's Smaily Borges. People are gonna be pissed that we traded a uniform for a suit.

on a Boston Herald article...

http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/red_...

...The Marlins tampered with Ozzie therefore over paid and gave up two garbage prospects. Being in the top 10 of a farm system that was stripped of any talent the year before ranking it 29th out of 30. Beane was head and shoulders at that time better than any other GM candidate with 6 years left on his deal not 1. Youkilis at that time was barely a top 100 (92) prospect in baseball. Jackson (who is left handed by the way not right handed) and McNutt are top 50 so no there is no precedent for giving up that kind of value...

I looked at that deal yesterday and I concur with the writer here. Jhan Marinez is not garbage, but he's a reliever, not a starter, and a rather wild one. A Cub comparison--a reliever, same age, same level, lots of strikeouts though not quite as many--would be Kevin Rhoderick, but Marinez is wilder. The other guy, Osvaldo Martinez, a middle infielder, does not look interesting. Plus, the Marlins got a minor-league pitcher in the deal.

Youkilis was a year older than Jackson while also being a year behind him: he had just split a season between high-A and AA. Youkilis's numbers were okay (if you like 8 home runs) but the one that really stuck out was walks.

Youkilis's numbers were okay (if you like 8 home runs) but the one that really stuck out was walks.
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of course, he was known as the Greek God of walks

He is the Greek god of bears.

What really sticks out to me is the .436 OBP following a year with a .504 OBP... What minor leaguers have numbers like that?

Sullivan tweets:

Breaking: Cubs bringing Ronnie Woo into compensation talks. Lucchino should cave after a couple hours of 'Theo, Woo, Theo, Woo..'

So Woo Woo isn't included in the deal?

can we pleeze put Sullivan into the trade package for Theo

How much additional cash would we have to kick in?

If they added Phil Rogers would that up the cash included?

Now you're just being greedy.

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  • Hopefully after the Cubs complete their sevenpeat :)

    Rob Richardson 1 min 2 sec ago view
  • They're the best in the business and have been for 12 years running now. The only question is when they'll get bored of it.

    Rob G. 4 min 19 sec ago view
  • I was right here. I don't require my GM's to be perfect, but I would like them to understand what wins baseball games (IMO controlling the strike zone and creating/avoiding outs), and knowing where the organization is in the success cycle.

    Theo and company have made and will make plenty of mistakes, but they seem to understand those two items pretty well.

    Rob Richardson 7 min 38 sec ago view
  • Now we're all Theo-believers, where were you when he signed Edwin Jackson? Or how about trading away DJ Lemehaiu? And not signing Samardzija to an extension? Or not pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols? Or signing Lester? Or trading away Cashner, Dempster, Feldman, etc?...I think I'm losing the narrative here.

    So his deal runs through 2021? Which pretty much coincides when all these guys are due to hit free agency.

    Rob G. 17 min 46 sec ago view
  • Great news.

    "Terms of the deal were not disclosed."

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17662846/chicag...

    Rob Richardson 44 min 27 sec ago view
  • Theo inks five year extension

    PC tonite at PNC

    jacos 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.

    billybucks 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)

    Rob G. 2 hours 36 sec ago view
  • jacos 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.

    [Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]

    Charlie 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.

    crunch 4 hours 11 min ago view
  • I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.

    Tito 6 hours 35 min ago view
  • I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.

    And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.

    When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 39 min ago view
  • Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.

    billybucks 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.

    Tito 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.

    My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 1 min ago view