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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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • 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.