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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  • Mama Schwarber wants to have a word with you.

  • Mrs Fowler would like a word with you.

  • It seems to be blowing a bit out to right but far less than yesterday and much cooler so shouldn't be too much of an effect.

    Only one of our hrs last night was out because of the wind though I think.

  • Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.

  • I have convinced myself that Hammel's second half struggles were due to minor injuries and fatigue so with the extra rest he is going to be lights out.

  • Benji Molina is out of lineup

  • Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.

    Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.

    If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.

  • No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.

    I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.

  • Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!

  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

  • Yep

  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.