Cubs Late Rally Tops Angels at Diablo

Dan Vogelbach, Danny Lockhart, and Xavier Batista drove-in the runs, as the Cubs rallied for two in the 8th and two more in the 9th to defeat the Angels 5-3 in Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #3 in Tempe, AZ.  

Cub pitchers threw 6.1 IP of no-hit ball before the Angels were able to register a safety, but the Angels did score a run without the benefit of a hit in both the bottom of the 3rd and the bottom of the 5th, thanks to six walks (including four consecutive two-out walks by Su-Min Jung in the 5th), two stolen bases, and a passed ball.

Cubs Player of the Game was Shawon Dunston Jr, who reached base three times on a triple, a single, and a walk, laid-down a picture perfect sacrifice bunt, and made an outstanding diving catch in LF for the first out in the bottom of the 8th after the Cubs had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the frame.

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

1. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-4 (P-6, 5-3, 1B, BB, F-8, R, CS)
2a. Gioskar Amaya, DH #1: 1-3 (K, 3-1, 1B)
2b. Wilfredo Petit, PH: 1-1 (1B)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-4 (1B, K, F-9, K, R)
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-3 (1B, BB, 3-6-1 DP, 3-6 FC, 2 RBI)
5. Anthony Giansanti DH-C: 1-2 (1B, BB, BB, K)
6. Wilson Contreras, C-DH: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, K, E-3, R)
7. Shawon Dunston, Jr, LF: 2-2 (3B, BB, 1B, 1-3 SH, CS)
8. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (BB, F-9, F-9, F-9)
9. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-4 (K, F-8, 4-3, 2B, R, RBI)
10a. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
10b. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)

1. Ian Dickson: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 21 pitches (13 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
2. Brian Smith: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 33 pitches (15 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Su-Min Jung: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 23 pitches (6 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
NOTE: 5th inning was stopped with bases loaded & two outs after Jung reached his pre-planned max pitch limit
4. Pete Levitt: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 18 pitches (11 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
5. Carlos Martinez: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 37 pitches (22 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO


1. Wilson Contreras: 0-2 CS, 1 PB
2. Anthony Giansanti: 1 PB


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 60’s


garza almost gets a complete game...119 pitches and pulled on what should have been out 3...but garza threw the ball away for an error. 8.2ip 3h 2bb 9k

Pretty happy with the rotation so far.

1 through 4

I can only assume (hope) that Maholm will return to form in his next start.

brian wilson (SF) back to back 24+ pitch appearances...throwing 89mph fastballs right now and still in the game.


He really hasn't been the same since they abandoned the Smile sessions


Maybe he should shave?

Beards actually reduce pitch speed by 2%.

- beard + k.hill = normal velocity.


Clevenger's gonna lead the league in doubles.

Reggie Golden suffered a leg injury (hammy?) in Appleton last night. Any guesses on who will replace him?

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 6:11am — tim815

Reggie Golden suffered a leg injury (hammy?) in Appleton last night. Any guesses on who will replace him


TIM: I would say probably Xavier Batista.

He was the last cut from the Peoria squad at Minor League Camp prior to Opening Day.

Yasiel Balaguert is the other possibility.

That's due soon, as well, no?

Anyone know what happened to Abner Abreu? Haven't seen his name this spring...

Az Phil said he was released.

clevenger has already equaled his predecessor's 2011 total for two-base hits...

But do pitchers like throwing to him?

And does he add 5mph to a pitcher's fastball?

Better have him catch Hayden Simpson. Then he can get over 90.

The Cubs have 2 wins in the 2 games Clevenger started.

Maybe we should blame Soto for the 5 losses. Or Maybe Soto takes 5 mph off everyones fastball.

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Daniel Kahneman

RF DeJesus
2B Barney
SS Castro
LF Soriano
3B Stewart
1B LaHair
C Soto
CF Bryd

Sveum seems to be settling on a standard line up.

Another way to add a few mph to Jake Peavy's fastball besides signing Koyie Hill-

Is there going to be a game today?

they're trying...still nothing. it seems they don't want to postpone unless it's totally necessary given how long they've had to cancel it pre-game. the OF should be a mess...not horrible, but not totally safe. i wonder if soriano will start.

supposedly 1st pitch is about to happen, but WGN is still showing chuck f'n norris.

mlb game day says:

(no comment on weather)

oh yeah, the cards WS ceremony thing...trophy, i think.

wgn tv says rain delay

tarp's off the field and etc...WGN seems to be sparing people from the STL WS trophy presentation.

it's been raining for hours, though.

"Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio reports that Mike Fontenot will sign a minor league contract with the Phillies."

adam wainright...u suuuuuuuuck today.

4-0, 1 out top 1st...i.stewart hits his 1st homer on a hanging slider in the middle of the plate (1st since aug. 23 2010 in the bigs).


wow, that wasn't a hanging was a 89mph fastball.

wainright's fastballs have all been 89-91mph, mostly 90mph.

i thought he had all his stuff back, including the mid-90s fastball. damn.

Ian Stewart with a 3 run blast. 4-0

and just one out

Stewarts first HR in 2 seasons

He might only hit on one plane but he's doing pretty good for us doing it!

his shoulders/top-arm are locked in his swing with little vertical movement in his swing leading to bad contact...this isn't a good thing. it's why you're going to see a lot of line drives and pounding grounders to the right side. lol.

Let's see Silent Z make 'em stand up!

i know it's still way way way too early, but ninja being this effective is weird...i at least expected more wildness.

He's always had good stuff. Maybe he's learned how to pitch.

He's throwing strikes, the splitter is as good at his been, and the slider is suddenly relevant. I'm damn happy.


wainright is horrible today...bad location, leaving a lot of stuff on the plate.

8-0 cubs, top 3rd.

Glad to see that LaHair is making the most of his big chance.

That was a weird grand slam. Just kept looking like an out, and poof, out it went.

When do you know Wainwright is having a bad game.?When Byrd gets a hit.

breaking an 0-20 slump...ugg.

Byrd has demonstrated 0 veteran know-how so far this season. He's looked like he has no thoughts at all on how to approach a plate appearance.


Liking my Samardzija win leader prediction

I picked him, too, in Rob's survey. Just a wild hunch though, not like I knew anything special

I'm sad that I picked Maholm as being the hyena #3 pitcher picking off the weaker #5s. That's not going to beat out whoever is best out of Garza, Dempster, or Samardzija. Don't know why I thought that would get him more wins than the top of the rotation. Guess maybe I was thinking that Garza and/or Dempster might get traded.

I picked Maholm because I expected Garza to get traded. I think Maholm will get a few. Not giving up yet, but I'll admit giving up garza is not gonna be easy . . . Dude is a real great presence. Seems to *really* give a crap . . . And he can pitch. Maybe we don't dump that kinda guy after all?

or not

Samardzija suddenly throwing batting practice.

Samardzija may have gotten hit a bit there at the end of his outing, but in the early going it looks like JedStein's biggest offseason achievement was the development of the body switching technology that swapped the real Ninja and Soriano for players that can throw strikes and catch fly ball, respectively.

I think the Bulls have kind of shown what a focused, efficient, confident team can do - without having stars dominating any aspect of the team. If anything they play better without Rose right now. Looking forward to having him back though.

But all this is to say that the awesome feeling of watching LaHair and Stewart pound the Cardinals while Ninja hangs in there, and our backup catcher the Double Machine yesterday etc etc. what a breath of Fresh Air these guys are after the bloated stars and managers of recent years. They might suck cellar air and lose 100 games like many of you say. But I'll stick with my 78+ win prediction and I'm already having more fun than at any point in the last two years. Plus i-Cubs are fun to check in on.

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  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception?

    Here is Lackey/Lester from last night. It seems their box is a bit different than the K-Zone TBS was using.

    Here is Lester's data:

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.

  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.

  • Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.