Concepcion Goes Five But Giants Rally to Edge Cubs

Gerardo Concepcion threw five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits (all singles) and a walk with four strikeouts and two wild pitches, but the Giants rallied for three runs off two relievers and edged the Cubs 5-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #1 in Scottsdale, AZ.

This was Concepcion’s third Extended Spring Training appearance. He threw 36 pitches in his first outing and 69 in his second, before upping his pitch count to 88 today. Over 11.1 IP at EXST, Concepcion has allowed seven runs (six earned) on 14 hits and four walks, with 11 strikeouts, three wild pitches, and a 10/12 GO/FO.

Concepcion is technically on the Daytona Cubs 7-day Disabled List, but he looks to be 100% healthy (as evidenced by his 88-pitch outing today).

On the offensive side of the ball, Trevor Gretzky reached base three times on two singles and a walk.

SS Javier Baez had a poor game all around, committing two errors (one fielding and one throwing) and striking out twice (both times swinging at slow curve balls). Baez appeared to be hyper-aggressive at the plate and in the field today.

Here is the abridged box score from today’s game (Cubs players only):

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-4 (K, 1B, 1-3, 6-3, RBI)
2. Brian Inoa, 2B: 2-4 (4-3, 4-3, 1B, 1B, SB, PO)
3a. Javier Baez, SS: 0-3 (K, K, 6-3)
3b. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (K)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #1: 0-3 (3-1, 6-3, BB, F-8, R)
5a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-3 (F-7, K, 1B, R)
5b. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-1 (K)
6a. Neftali Rosario, C: 1-2 (P-3, 1B)
6b. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-2 (K, K)
7a. Yaniel Cabezas, DH #2: 0-2 (F-9, K)
7b. Garrett Schlecht, PH-DH: 1-2 (1B+E7, K, R, RBI)
8. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 1-2 (1B, P-4, F-9 SF, R, RBI)
9. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, BB)
10. Delbis Arcila, RF: 0-3 (K, 6-3, K)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Gerardo Concepcion: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 88 pitches (57 strikes), 7/3 GO/FO
2. Ethan Elias: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 17 pitches (11 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
3. Hunter Ackerman: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 23 pitches (15 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. Jose Arias: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 22 pitches (16 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO

CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. SS Javier Baez - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Javier Baez - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)
3. 3B Mark Malave - E-5 (errant throw attempting to double runner off 2nd base after line-drive out allowed runner to advance to 3rd base)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Neftali Rosario: 1-4 CS
Wilson Contreras: 0-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 12

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80’s

Comments

Phil, I see Jose Arias had his first outing. How does he look? Thanks.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 4:03pm — Hagsag

Phil, I see Jose Arias had his first outing. How does he look? Thanks.

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HAGSAG: Arias looked great in his first inning (1-2-3 10-pitch inning with two strikeouts), then got hit a bit in the add-on bottom of the 9th, although he was throwing strikes consistently in both innings.

BTW, Hunter Ackerman labored through his one inning of work, and probably wouldn't have finished it except for some stupid Giants baserunning.

Re: Hayden Simpson
I think he's done. Sitting mid-80s again this spring.

It's disappointing for prospect fans, but is it really a surprise or noteworthy that Starling, Baez, and Nimmo have been held back in XST by their teams?
Klaw: I would have sent Baez out, but the other two don't surprise me.

Re: Possible draft strategies
I think the late first/sandwich rounds will include some overdrafts of college players or JC guys who'll sign for less than slot, allowing teams to shift money to HS guys later on. Junior college arms like Cory Jones and Dylan Baker are rising on boards in part because of this. (Also, they both sit low to mid 90s as starters.)

Re: Casey Coleman
He's an up-and-down guy/emergency starter.

Re: Starlin Castro's early SB totals (Is he getting faster, reads getting better, or just getting fortunate?)
He's not getting faster, I can promise you that much.

Re: Baez
I see no evidence of "maturity issues." Massive overreaction.

Re: Samardzija's control
Even if he is really a new guy on the mound, there are going to be some bad outings along the way.

Re: Dusty not playing Mesoroco
The best possible outcome for Reds fans right now is that Dusty plays himself out of the job. He's lost it.

the problem with mesoroco is that he has to play the field...and ryan hanigan isn't that bad with a bat...leaps and bounds better with D and under a 2 year contract (cheap).

he should probably be in AAA playing everyday if he's supposed to take over at catcher and do things besides being a target to throw to.

Signed: C Nathan Maldonado (re-signed)
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Matt Loosen, 3B Matt Cerda, OF Reggie Golden, RHP Marcus Hatley, 2B Edgar Gonzalez

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects...

anyone got info on Torreyes? hasn't played since April 14th according to his game log on MILB.com

from a fresh twitter update in the TCR twitter box, he's in and playing DH tonight.

on that note, Torreyes in the lineup tonight and DH'ing.

T. Wood for Iowa, Dae-eun Rhee for Tennessee

1. Szczur-CF, 2.Torreyes-DH, 3.Perez-RF, 4.Rohan-3B, 5.Jones-1B, 6.Bonne-LF, 7.Silva-2B, 8.Noble-C, 9.Alcantara-SS

DeVoss 2b, Chen cf, Cuneo 1b, Hoilman dh, Zapata lf, Easterling rf, Davis c, Darvill ss, Zapenas 3b. Wells p

B.Jackson CF, Gonzalez LF, Valbuena 3B, Rizzo 1B, Castillo C, Cardenas 2B, Sappelt RF, Tolbert SS, T. Wood P.

Does Rizzo have 2 more HR's today?

Rizzo: 2 run HR in first (with 2 outs); Solo HR to lead off the 4th.

3-2 I-Cubs ahead of the Isotopes, end 4.

http://www.milb.com/gameday/index.jsp?gid=201...

He's obviously racking up some gaudy power numbers so far. Even for the PCL, that's a damn good April (and clearly not over yet). Still, there's no place to put him on the big league roster for now, and nothing at stake for the Chicago Cubs this season except "pride" (or a draft pick, on the other hand), so might as well let him pile up those stats for a good long time.

Yeah, I agree. The only reason he's not here is team control and saving super-2 $$$ ... considering the Cubs cannot compete this year. He'd have LaHair on the bench in 2-seconds flat if the Cubs were contenders. Or even pretenders.

Makes me wonder if players like Rizzo and Jackson struggle with resentment because they are clearly being denied MLB time to prevent them from collecting free agency dollars too early, etc. it's like a double whammy: you are ready to play MLB level, but we are denying you the opportunity to start building your MLB career and delaying your payday since we suck and cannot compete. Bam.

Rays are infamous for it, but players get over it pretty quick. I think as long as your clear about what they need to show before getting called up and communicate with them, they'll get it.

I don't know if it'll be in the Cub Way manual, but presumably they want players to have a certain number of minor league plate appearances before being called up regardless of how hot or good they look.

1685 (PA's) for Rizzo so far and 1406 for Jackson, but I don't know what they have in mind. 1000 is a number I recall being thrown out before, but not sure if it applies here.

You might be able to argue Rizzo is ready for MLB (obviously 1B is not currently a problem), but I would think BJax needs to seriously work on cutting down his K's before coming up to start in the OF. Not sure if you can do that with a 24 yr old at this point, but I'm certainly not in a hurry to watch him K 1 of 3 PA's up here.

BJax's production is definitely not going to push the front office the way that Rizzo's is right now. If BJax gets here first it will be because of service time and because Marlon Byrd continues to hit the way he has (or they trade him).

Yeah, you guys are dead on. BJax looked pretty damn sweet in Spring Training but those nagging K's keep rearing their heads! And now he's cooled down. Still I think they'll both be up permanently by the end of the year - when service time and super two's are no longer an issue. Byrd is a goner ASAP if possible, but we all know that!

I'll go on a limb: after June 1 we'll see Jackson.
His 0 for 4 last night dropped his avg. to .254 from .277. He;s still got an OBP of .362, slugging .508.

Yeah AZ Phil laid it out a few threads back. Basically to get extra year of control AND avoid super two status, Jackson can come up around All Star break. Rizzo (and Castillo I believe) not until August.

Hawks lose in OT playoffs heart-wrecker

Bulls lose at Miami and about to blow home court

Cubs: nope

Hell I would have taken a White Sox victory today. Nope.

it's in the Twitter box, but bears repeating:

@BobVorwald: Ok, so not the greatest day in Chicago sports history.....

"Kevin_Goldstein

Folks, the Jorge Soler situation is about establishing residency. It has nothing to do with baseball or July 2. No X-files shit going on. "

lulz

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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 7 hours 39 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 10 hours 37 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 10 hours 49 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 10 hours 58 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 11 hours 4 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 11 hours 22 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 11 hours 58 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 12 hours 16 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 12 hours 17 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 12 hours 35 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 12 hours 43 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 13 hours 38 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 13 hours 56 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 14 hours 1 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 15 hours 11 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 15 hours 49 min ago view