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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  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.

  • Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.

    Arietta though.