Cubs Play to Win (and Also to Tie) at Indian School Park

Starling Peralta threw three perfect innings and Wilson Contreras, Kevin Encarnacion, and Garrett Schlecht smacked run-scoring hits in a five-run 7th, as one squad of Cubs rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the Giants 5-5 on Field #1, while meanwhile three pitchers were combining to throw a two-hitter on Field #2 as the other squad of Cubs edged the Giants 2-1, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split squad doubleheader this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.


Both games were seven-inning affairs.



Javier Baez went 0-2, both towering fly balls to LF. One was dropped by the left-fielder for a two-base error, and Baez would come around to score later in the inning on a throwing error by the Giants first-baseman as Baez was taking 3rd base (after initially holding at 2nd) on a 5-3 GO.


RHP Su-Min Jung continues to struggle with "Steve Blass Disease," as he once again was unable to finish an inning. In his first two EXST appearances (1.1 IP), Jung has walked seven (51 pitches - only 17 strikes). 


Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


FIELD #1


CUBS SQUAD “B” LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, F-7)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-3 (F-9, 4-6-3 DP, F-9)
3. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, 4-3)
4. Jair Bogaerts, DH #2: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, R)
5. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 0-2 (K, L-7, BB, R)
6a. Brian Inoa, 2B: 0-1 (F-7, BB)
6b. Luis Acosta, 2B: 0-0 (BB, R)
7a. Wilfredo Petit, C: LEFT GAME WITH SHOULDER INJURY PRIOR TO FIRST AB
7b. Wilson Contreras, C: 2-3 (1B, 1-6 FC, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, PO)
8. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (1-3, 5-3, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
9. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B, RBI)
10. Mark Malave, 3B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, P-6)


CUBS SQUAD “B” PITCHERS:
1. Starling Peralta: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (21 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
2. Ryan Hartman: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 42 pitches (23 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Su-Min Jung: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 28 pitches (11 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Ramon Garcia: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 20 pitches (11 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO


CUBS SQUAD “B” ERRORS: 2:
1. 3B Mark Malave - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)
2. 1B Trevor Gretzky - E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)


CUBS SQUAD “B” CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Wilson Contreras: 1 PB


FIELD #2


CUBS SQUAD “A” LINEUP:
1. Danny Lockhart, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, P-6, 1-3, PO)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-3 (K, 6-3, L-9)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 0-2 (F-7, E-7, R)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 0-2 (F-7, 5-3)
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-2 (2B, 3-U, R)
6. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-2 (K, 6-3)
7. Trey Martin, CF: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Yaniel Cabezas, C-DH: 0-2 (F-8, 1-3)
9. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 1-2 (1B, K)
10. Dong-Yub Kim, DH #2: 0-2 (K, K)
11a. Delbis Arcila, DH #3: 0-1 (K)
11b. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-1 (F-8)


CUBS SQUAD “A” PITCHERS:
1. James Pugliese: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 45 pitches (32 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
2. Jin-Young Kim: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 10 pitches (10 strikes), 4/1 GO/FO
3. Roderik Pichardo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 20 pitches (13 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO


CUBS SQUAD “A” ERRORS: 1
1B Rock Shoulders – E-3 (missed catch on what should have been a 6-3 GO allowed batter to reach base safely)


CUBS SQUAD “A” CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yaniel Cabezas: 1-1 CS


ATTENDANCE: 16


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

how is vogelb's quality of contact?

i only see numbers and i'm wondering if he's making solid contact and it's just not going over fences...or if he's making hard, but questionable contact.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 3:54pm — crunch

how is vogelb's quality of contact?

i only see numbers and i'm wondering if he's making solid contact and it's just not going over fences...or if he's making hard, but questionable contact.

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CRUNCH: Vogelbach is making consistent hard, solid contact, but he doesn't always elevate his swing, so he has been hitting into quite a few DPs lately.

Would it be crazy to trade for Mark Trumbo and put him in RF? Hell the Angels can have Vitters in exchange, provided they even want him.

And while were at it will the Reds take Marmol for Billy Hamilton?

LoL i am just in a weird mood.

"According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Ivan Rodriguez will announce his retirement Monday."

The world will announce they don't care on Tuesday.

Or not announce anything because they don't even notice...

I was going to go with...and the world announces, "wasn't he already?"

Yeah, it was a toss-up. I flipped a coin and went with the hilarity that you read.

you're all very mean people and i'm telling irod's mom.

I appreciate your post. Now I'm bashing Pudge for no reason because of steroids or something.

*punches time card in*

okay, let's see if i can get through another 3 hour shift...go scubs.

Probably only a two hour shift tonight.

Whose mother did you kill that you have to sit through 3 hours of this schlock of a team?

Hendry's former top assistant arrested-

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/brea...

tony larussa is that bored in his retirement already?

Phil, I noticed yesterday you said Sheldon McDonald didn't belong in EXST, and belonged in Daytona or Peoria. Is there anyone else you think that about?

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 7:36pm — Koyies Bansaw
Re: Cubs Play to Win (and Also to Tie) at Indian School Park
Phil, I noticed yesterday you said Sheldon McDonald didn't belong in EXST, and belonged in Daytona or Peoria. Is there anyone else you think that about?

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K BANSAW:

STARTING PITCHERS:

Although he got cuffed around a bit last Saturday vs OAK, LHP Gerardo Concepcion looks like he is ready to move up to Daytona. I don't think his stuff is going to get any better staying down here.

RHP Starling Peralta is technically on a rehab at EXST (he's on the Peoria DL), but he threw three perfect innings today (33 pitches) and looked great. I don't know if he is at the pitch count he needs to be to get moved back up to Peoria and be a starter (or piggy-backer), though.

RELIEF PITCHERS:

LHP Sheldon McDonald (obviously), either at Peoria or Daytona.

Also RHRP Roderik Pichardo is a reliever-type who should be at Peoria or Daytona.

RHP (ex-3B) Charles Thomas could be the closer or set-up guy at Peoria. He was one of the last pitchers cut from the Peoria squad at the end of Minor League Camp

RHP Ramon Garcia could be a useful multi-inning guy or short reliever at Peoria or Daytona. He's another one who was close to making the Peoria Opening Day roster.

POSITION PLAYERS:

OF Xavier Batista could play RF at Peoria. I had thought that "X-Man" would be the replacement for Reggie Golden when Golden went on the DL, because Batista was the last position player cut from the Peoria squad at the end of Minor League Camp, and he is basically the same type of player as Golden (though not as much of a prospect).

Yaniel Cabezas could be a catcher at Peoria. Actually he probably would be there now (instead of Taylor Dayis), except he was slowed by an injury at Minor League Camp where he could catch but not hit. He's 100% now, though.

And SS Javier Baez is just simply a man among boys at EXST. He really should be at Peoria.

BTW, while Baez is destroying everything in his way, 18-year old switch-hitting 3B Jeimer Candelario is quietly hitting a cool 444/474/722.

Thanks, Phil. I noticed that you mentioned Candelario, but not in the context of him not belonging there. Do you think he is a legit prospect? Maybe he will end up in Boise?

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 7:25am — Jace

Thanks, Phil. I noticed that you mentioned Candelario, but not in the context of him not belonging there. Do you think he is a legit prospect? Maybe he will end up in Boise?

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JACE: I think the Cubs intend to have Jeimer Candelario spend the 2012 season at EXST and then with the AZL Cubs (as happened with Marco Hernandez, Gioskar Amaya, Eduardo Gonzalez, et al last year), but he should be able to hold his own at Boise if they let him go there, and I'm not totally convinced that he couldn't do OK at Peoria right now.

Thanks as always, AZ Phil

bases loaded, 1 out in 10th and Braun hits a shallow fly to center. Morgan takes off from third although coach held him up. Not a great throw by Kemp who set up poorly, but ball beat him and gets the tag on his ass before the foot gets in. Ump calls him safe.

Epic.

8 shutout innings each, each around 80 pitches.

9 shutout innings for Cain.

Being pinch hit for though, so no extras for him.

9 shutout for Lee as well. He hit in top of 9th so I'm presuming he stays in unless they take lead.

Lee with 10 shutout innings, 102 pitches.

Lee pinch hit for in 10th with man on 3rd and 1 out.

Great game.

Phil, thoughts on James Pugliese? He's got good size at 6'3, 210. Has hit 94 and is consistently between 90-93. Also, still young at 19 with a projectable frame. He pitched well during Cactus League Play when getting an opportunity within the A+, AA, AAA lineups although brief stints. I see potential in him and expect him to move on to Boise this year.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 6:42am — Iggy680

Phil, thoughts on James Pugliese? He's got good size at 6'3, 210. Has hit 94 and is consistently between 90-93. Also, still young at 19 with a projectable frame. He pitched well during Cactus League Play when getting an opportunity within the A+, AA, AAA lineups although brief stints. I see potential in him and expect him to move on to Boise this year.

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IGGY: I agree with you about James Pugliese.

He pitched well at Minor League Camp (including AA and AAA games), and has thrown the ball well so far at EXST.

He is on track to go to Boise in June.

For those of you who have not seen him pitch, Pugliese has an extreme overhand over-the-top delivery, like Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Josh Collmenter.

@Cubs: #Cubs lineup @Marlins 4/19: DeJesus RF, Barney 2B, Castro SS, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, LaHair 1B, Soto C, Byrd CF, Samardzija P

Did Clevenager bang Sveum's wife?

Soto needs to play today because he requested a vacation day for tomorrows holiday.

I see what you did there.

Or maybe Svuem understands that a mini hot streak by a mediocre backup catcher is not reason to bench your starting catcher?

Catching day after night game, in a slump and team is struggling to score runs

Sorry I asked

Yeah but let's get Mather, DeWitt and Baker plenty of at bats..

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  • Sorry typing too fast.

  • I think while I get what you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.

    Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.

  • The players are required to perform with minimal thinking, relying on reflex, reaction, and muscle memory (or, as you say, rhythm). I think this point of view doesn't lend itself well to changing things up. Wearing Zany suits, on the other hand, does sound like fun and definitely keeps things interesting.

  • Scared me for a minute with your anagram for "Almora".

  • KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?

  • Baez is looking like a pretty special player.

  • Hey AZPhil,

    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.