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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  • Baez still learning

    jacos 5 min 53 sec ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 35 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 22 hours 46 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 22 hours 51 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 22 hours 56 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 23 hours 8 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 23 hours 19 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 23 hours 44 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 1 day 24 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago view