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):

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)
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)

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


Micah Gibbs: 2-2 CS

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


WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 90’s


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.


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...


...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.
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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  • I think all we can say is, "Okay, let's go on to the next series and see what happens." And how indescribably awesome is it to be able to say that on this date in this year.

  • Thanks, O&B. So funny about our age. Let's just say- I have always wondered why Durocher didn't give Hundley a few days off when he had Gene Oliver and John Boccabella on the bench.

  • Strop K'ing Peralta to start the 8th, given their history -- what a fantastic moment! And Javy bouncing back -- big time -- form yesterday's games.

    Contributions from literally everyone in this series -- Soler and Schwarber were off the charts -- Miggy's pick-off was awesome.

    This team is just so much damn fun.

  • Wish I knew how to post a pic. Both CUBSTER & I in attendance. I finally feel like some demons have been vanquished, and there is some magic here.

    Joe Maddon is far and away the best manager I have seen work for my team.

  • pretty much this. also, a magician.

  • Madden brought it in some lions and sharks to Wrigley Field and let them eat people

  • What did I miss?

  • I think Strop deserves a very special mention. He had so many struggles against the Cardinals but pitched two successful and very high pressure innings the last two games against them and looked nasty doing so.

  • How about this, the Cubs are 10-1 over the last 3 weeks.

  • I was thinking about it earlier that the Cubs are 101-66 and the Cards 101-65...but, does anyone outside of the two of us ever calculate records including post season? Don't think I've seen that ever before.

  • With today's victory,  the Cubs are just 1/2 game behind (0.5 GB) the Cardinals for the best record in MLB in 2015. 

    If they win the LCS and the World Series and go no worse than 8-4 in the process, the Cubs will be World Champions AND they will have the best record in MLB in 2015 (CUBS 109-70 .6089 versus STL 101-65 .6084). 

  • Well, I can say this...Cardinals fans certainly hate the Cubs right now...about as much as Pirates fans.

    Our bullpen was friggin brilliant this series...even if their ERA doesn't look good.

  • Not sure who I want...Kershaw/Greinke is scary, but I almost worry more about the Mets ability to score in bunches like us.

    Do like the fact that if it is the Dodgers, Kershaw can't go until Game 2 and Greinke until Game 3.

  • I agree with you, but I hate them both. I hate Stephen Piscotty. I hate Tommy Pham. I hate Yadier Molina. I hate Kolten Wong. I hate Jon Jay. And that's just off the 2015 version of the Cardinals.

    Sorry, I'm a hateful person :(

  • The Cardinals themselves are fine and a tough opponent, it's really just their cocky, hick fans I can't stand.

  • I've been waiting a long time to say this... here it goes: