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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  • Thanks PHIL.

    Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!

    I hope he continues improving.

    The E-Man 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.

    They picked up 3 games this last week.

    I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.

    The E-Man 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 4 hours 43 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 4 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 5 hours 18 min ago view
  • I don't think the error call was completely out of the blue but the ball took a very bad hop and would have taken a very good play to get it. Same with one of the Stella throws where I think it could have easily been ruled a hit. Neither were cut and dry calls though imo.

    johann 5 hours 47 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

    I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950

    Rob G. 6 hours 3 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 6 hours 6 min ago view
  • That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard

    Eric S 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder

    Eric S 6 hours 19 min ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 56 min ago view
  • Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.

    billybucks 8 hours 31 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 8 hours 47 min ago view
  • It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.

    johann 9 hours 33 min ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 9 hours 34 min ago view
  • This is the exact game that the Cubs would have lost in years past to the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 9 hours 34 min ago view