Diamondbacks Take Advantage of Cub Miscues at Talking Stick

Taking advantage of four errors to score four unearned runs, the Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 8-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.

21-year old 6’5 RHP Jose Arias got the start for the Cubs and worked three innings, and although he did allow two runs on four hits and a walk, he also struck out seven. Arias was considered the Cubs #1 pitching prospect in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) last season, and will likely be a rotation starter at AZL Cubs this year. He was throwing gas today.

In EXST Cubs roster news, Cuban LHP Gerardo Concepcion and fellow Cuban catcher Yaniel Cabezas have been moved-up to Peoria.

The 20-year old Concepcion was signed by the Cubs last month, receiving a five-year $6M major league contract. In three EXST games prior to getting promoted, Concepcion threw 11.1 IP, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 14 hits and four walks, while striking out 11. He also threw three wild pitches and committed a balk.

In his last outing last Thursday at Indian School Park in Scottsdale versus the Giants, Concepcion threw five innings (88 pitches), allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. So he is stretched-out and ready to be a starting pitcher for the Chiefs.

Concepcion signed with the Cubs after defecting last year at the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands while a member of Team Cuba. Prior to defecting he pitched for Industriales in Serie Nacional (the Cuban major league), and was named the league’s Rookie of Year for the 2010-11 season.

Cabezas signed with the Cubs in December 2010 for a reported $500K bonus. He played for Los Vaqueros de la Habana in Serie Nacional prior to defecting, and split the 2011 season between AZL Cubs (Mesa) and Boise, hitting a combined 202/284/260 between the two stops. Cabezas turned 23 last Thursday

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

1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 2-4 (2B, F-7, L-4, 1B)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B-DH: 0-4 (K, F-8, F-9, K)
3. Anthony Giansanti, DH-C: 0-3 (4-3, K, BB, L-7, R)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B: 1-3 (4-3, 1B, BB, K, R)
5. Neftali Rosario, C-DH: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, F-8, R, 2 RBI)
6. Brian Inoa, DH-2B: 0-4 (F-8, K, E-6, 4-3, R)
7. Danny Lockhart, 3B: 0-3 (K, K, BB, F-7)
8. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-3 (5-3, BB, 1B, 6-3, RBI, SB)
9. Garrett Schlecht, LF-DH: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B)
10. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, 6-4-3 DP, R)
11b. Jair Bogaerts, LF: 0-1 (E-5)

1. Jose Arias: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 61 pitches (44 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
2. Ethan Elias: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 25 pitches (17 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
3. Hunter Ackerman: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 40 pitches (24 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Sheldon McDonald: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches (22 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
5. Rafael Diplan: 1.0 IP, 1 H 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 16 pitches (8 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO

1. P Ethan Elias - E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd base – eventually scored unearned run)
2. C Neftali Rasario - E-2 (overthrow on stolen base attempt at 2nd base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd base – eventually scored unearned run)
3. C Anthony Giansanti - E-2 (errant throw on stolen base attempt at 3rd base allowed baserunner to score unearned run)
4. 2B Brian Inoa - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely and baserunner to advance to 3rd base – eventually scored unearned run)

Neftali Rosario: 0-2 CS, 1 E (see above)
Anthony Giansanti: 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)


WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90’s


not gonna start a new post since we have 2 new ones today...

Furcal SS, Schumaker 2B, Holliday LF, Beltran RF, Freese 3B, Molina C, Carpenter 1B, Robinson CF, Wainwright P


DeJesus RF, Campana CF, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, Barney 2B, Soto C, Samardzija P

here comes the winning streak....

dejesus just got a gift.

1-0 cubs.

Molina missed the tag but DeJesus missed the plate. Ump called him safe though.

He was sure to touch the plate on his way back to the dugout. I'm sure Soriano would have done the same, lol.

On the replay, it was clear that DeJesus got to his knees ready to lunge back in and get a hand on the plate, having missed it. He stops right as the ump calls him safe.

Joe's having a good time in the chattings.

be there.

Can't get on parachat right now, but did enjoy Len's comment RE: Campana stealing and getting to third on the error:

"Molina should have just thrown to third."

april 24th...soriano gets his 1st extra base hit (double)

More cubbery with the DeJesus pick-off. Poor Samninja, can't catch a break with this crew.

Looked great again today. Hopefully we see more of the good Samardzija with control this year than we see of the bad.

Got the good Samardzija tonight. Well done.

Marmol coming in for the 4 out save. I feel confident.

that was an odd decision.

make that a shitty decision, 2r homer.

Came home just as Marmol did what he does best. I hate baseball.

and he follows it up with a 2 base error after walking beltran...neat.

...he gets out of it with a popout to RF.

I hate baseball because I love it so much.

good luck trading marmol.

Send Soso with him maybe we can get a one arm third baseman.

bowden about to make his debut.

Lulz. Carlos Marmol: Cubbery at its finest. Thanks Jim Hendry!

The sad thing is, as awesome as he was (and quite incredible, as we all remember) he is equally terrible now.

I wonder what the fuck happened that he just fell off the table?

Slider isn't being thrown for a strike and the League knows it. Waiting on a 92-93 MPH fastball that's not extraordinary. Fun times...................

Personally, I think his fastball used to have more and sharper movement to it, too. So you had a fastball that looked like it was going to be off the plate away, but would break over the middle of it, and a slider that looked like it was going to be down the middle in would take a left turn. Now you have fastball that's much straighter.

Carlos Marmol starring in "The Return of Latroy Hawkins!"

LaHair is GOD!



Free LaHair!

off a lefty, too...good stuff.

Imprison Baker!

If I see Baker at first again, I;m going to drive down to clark and addison and kick Sveum in the nuts.

Too bad LaHair can't hit lefties.

The legend of LaHair grows

cut it out

MIKE C says, "I will never admit that LaHair is actually, maybe, probably, more than a AAAA player and not a piece of shit player from our talent-less farm system."

Mather time!

Mather, you are not LaHair.


Is it just me or did Mather just show a complete lack of sanity? Who the fuck almost falls over swinging for the fences three times with the winning run standing on 3rd? Really? Are you kidding me Mather? Read the fucking CUBS WAY. I am sure it says something like put the fucking ball in play and put pressure on the defense and pitcher when the (expletive) ;) win is on 3rd base. Hero = goat.

I think he really liked playing the hero from the other night...except he did that with a walk off single. What a dolt.

I'm just glad Soriano read the situational hitting chapter. Mather got an F on the "how to win a ball game 101" quiz for dumbasses tonight. Which is not easy to do.

"harry could handle pronouncing 'salas' backwards...he'd be okay." - len

another gift for the cubs...campy safe on a SB, 1 out...

Who do those umps think they are? There's no way their gifts could possibly outweigh the Cubs' ability to blow a game.


I'm not sure if the Cubs won...but the Umps and Cards seemed to have lost.

Just cause the Cubs caught a break, don't forget Ninja and LaHair frickin kicked ass. And the little man's speed made those tough calls at home plate and 2b possible. Sometimes you make your own breaks. Which is kinda cool!

Please make Marmol go away tho...

Just looking at the bad calls and errors. Ninja certain deserved a win...

Loving the Ninja, these days. I will be infinitely psyched if he turns out to be a legit #3 or so with the potential to dominate on occasion.

Now Volstad and Travis Wood need to get on the becoming useful pitchers wagon.

My love for LaHair might be greater than my love for Borowski circa 2003; I dig the longball (and the solid overall plate approach) more than I dig the save.

Hey AZ Phil I enjoy your reporting. I would love to check out some extended spring games. Can you give me a schedule of the games. Thanks

So last night I'm watching the game on my iPhone but since I thought it was the NINTH inning when Holliday smoked Marmol, I turn off the game, in disgust, after Castro strikes out to end the ninth eighth.

Then I turn on the phone and I guess I turned off the phone but didn't kill the app, and Soriano is bouncing one through the infield with Campana coming home and I look at the box score and see my man crush tied it in the ninth. As the kids would say, FML.

Senior moment?


Hayden Simpson just about done.

I have generally admired the overall body of Wilken work. But he has really "missed some bats" as well during his Cubs tenure.

I thought at the time that it was a shrewd move by Hendry, as he wanted to try to upgrade things.

He has turned out closer to Jerry Angelo in that he blew it with most of his 1st rounders.

Not that he was alone by any stretch, but in the Simpson and Colvin rounds there were more impact players taken after the respective picks.

Vitters over Wieters not looking so hot either - can't recall if that was Wilken though.

Vitters over a lot of guys. That might have been the deepest 1st round in forever.

Edit: In all fairness, I do believe Vitters still has a shot to be a serviceable MLBer.

Whereas I think we can agree Hayden is probably a classic "bust", I also think Vitters is certainly not yet.

Agree in that he will have a productive career. Not a star, imo, but a contributing MLBer.

Call me crazy but I think Vitters has the chance to be better than that. He's been rushed a bit by the prior regime and is only 22 playing in AAA for the first time. And from his numbers this year it at least looks like he's trying to be more selective at the plate. I don't think he'll be a regular all star, but maybe once at his peak.

it was Wilken, think that was as much money as talent

maybe Baez will pan out :)

better run of major leaguers than his predecessor, but lacking impact talent

I know it's been listed before, but since 2006:
Colvin, Samardzija, Clevenger, Donaldson, Guyer, Barney, Russell, Cashner, Flaherty, Cub Carpenter, J. Harrison, Campana, Coleman, Erick Hamran (pitched for Padres briefly last year), LeMahieu

Castro was signed in 2006, but doesn't seem like Wilken had much to do with that one.

Add Clevenger so far this year.

I see him in that list, do you not?

I have gone on about this before, but the talent evaluator/scouting director/gm goal really is two-fold:

- Graduate draftees to the Majors
- Develop said draftees for use in trade.

Once we strip everything away, this is their main job description.

It is combination of luck, health, and finally, evaluation skills, that produces impact players like Pujols, for example.

I do, but I guess I did not.

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