Trey & Whitey Toast the Brew Crew

Trey Martin belted a bases-loaded triple and Kevin Encarnacion crushed a two-run triple to highlight a nine-run 3rd, Jeimer Candelario doubled twice, walked, and drove-in a run, and Rob Whitenack threw six strong innings, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits (all singles), with no walks and seven strikeouts, to help the Cubs cruise past the Brewers 12-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Maryvale Baseball Complex Field #7 (AKA “Paul Molitor Field”) in Phoenix, AZ.

The nine-run Cub 3rd lasted about 30 minutes and was unusual for an Extended Spring Training game because the opposing manager will usually stop the inning (“ROLL IT!”) before it can get that far. But the Brewers made a pitching change mid-inning, so the scoring continued unabated.

Trailing 1-0 after two innings of play, Trey Martin led-off the top of the 3rd by drawing a walk. Wilfredo Petit then bounced a chopper to the first baseman, who made an erant throw to 2nd atempting to force Martin. Kevin Encarnacion followed Petit and made the Brew Crew pay for the error, smashing a triple off the LF fence to drive-in Martin and Petit. Encarnacion scored on an Eduardo Gonzalez ground ball RBI single through the box, and then Gonzalez stole 2nd and scored when Carlos Penalver blooped an RBI double into short CF. Jeimer Candelario ripped an RBI double into the RF corner to plate Penalver, and Xavier Batista was hit by a pitch and Wilson Contreras reached base on an E-6 to load the bases, still with no outs. After Neftali Rosario struck out and Danny Lockhart bounced into a 3-2 FC at home, Trey Martin unloaded the biggest hit of the inning, a bases-clearing two-out three-run triple over the centerfielder’s head to make the score 8-1. Martin scored the 9th run of the inning on a WP a moment later, his second run scored in the inning.

Rob Whitenack was a strike-throwing machine today (56 pitches - 45 strikes), and when the Brewers did put a bat on the ball, they mostly beat ground balls into the dirt (8/3 GO/FO).

Rehabbing from June 2011 TJS, Whitenack has been outstanding so far at EXST:
0.64 ERA
0.75 WHIP
.196 Opp BA
73% GO
73% strikes
28.0 IP, 19 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 26 K, 2 HBP, 1 HR, 2 GIDP

I doubt that "Whitey" will be staying down here much longer.

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

1a. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, BB, R, RBI, SB)
1b. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-1 (2B, R)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-5 (6-3, 2B, F-9, F-9, K, R, RBI)
3a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-3 (2B, 2B, BB, F-9, RBI)
3b. Jair Bogaerts, 3B: 0-1 (E-5)
4a. Xavier Batista, 1B-DH: 0-2 (K, HBP, BB, K, R)
5b. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 0-2 (L-5, E-5)
6. Wilson Contreras, DH #1: 1-5 (6-3, E-6, K, 1B, 4-3, 2 R)
7. Neftali Rosario, DH-C: 1-5 (F-8, K, K, 2B, 4-3)
8. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-5 (4-3, 3-2 FC, 4-3, 3-1, F-8, R, RBI)
9. Trey Martin, CF: 1-4 (BB, 3B, K, K, F-9, 2 R, 3 RBI)
10. Wilfredo Petit, C-DH: 0-2 (FC, BB, 4-3, HBP, 2 R)
11. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (3B, HBP, 4-3, F-7, R, 2 RBI)

1. Rob Whitenack: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP, 1 GIDP, 56 pitches (45 strikes), 8/3 GO/FO
2. Brian Smith: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 PO, 13 pitches (8 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
3. Matt Spencer: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 21 pitches (15 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. Carlos Martinez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 14 pitches (7 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

2B Danny Lockhart - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run)


WEATHER: Sunny, hot, and a bit breezy, with temperatures 100+


per Sveum on pre game interview with Moreland...Welington Castillo goes to the DL (Travis Wood activated and starts tonight)

jose altuve leadoff homer.

this is starting well.

...followed by a ground rule double...awesome.

looking good through 3, though.

...and a sori leadoff homor to start the 4th. sweet. tie game.


Candelario's always 2nd or 3rd in the game wraps with a double or two. Is he still switch hitting? If so, how does look from both sides. Fielding at 3B? Emotional, quiet, etc?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 6:23pm — Childersb3


Candelario's always 2nd or 3rd in the game wraps with a double or two. Is he still switch hitting? If so, how does look from both sides. Fielding at 3B? Emotional, quiet, etc?


CHILDERS: Jeimer Candelario is a much stronger hitter LH than RH. He really drives the ball left-handed. (He hit a HR onto the roof of the Angels clubhouse at Diablo Park LH last week). I would think he might consider giving up switch-hitting at some point, although it's not because he can't hit RH. It's just that he doesn't drive the ball with the same authority RH.

He has improved a lot defensively at 3B during the course of EXST. He's not Gold Glove, but he has shown significant improvement. Some guys are coachable and some aren't. He is.

Candelario is sort of the exact opposite of Javier Baez, who is VERY emotional on the field but doesn't say much. Candelario (or "Candy" as his teammates call him) doesn't show emotion but he is VERY talkative in the field. You can hear him chirpin' away, shouting encouragement to the pitcher and reminders to the other fielders. He speaks very good English (he grew up in New York City before moving to the Dominican Republic).

He runs O. K. but isn't fast. He also isn't as patient a hitter as you might think he would be given his DSL walk numbers. He's not as hyper-aggressive at the plate as Javier Baez or Neftali Rosario, but he'll swing at the first good pitch he sees.

Overall I would say (as of right now) that Jeimer Candelario is the #2 Cubs prospect at EXST, behind only Javier Baez.

Good deal.

Side question: Will Geiger go back to Peoria when ready?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 8:36pm — Childersb3

Good deal.

Side question: Will Geiger go back to Peoria when ready?



wow...this team is slugging .289 vs lefties (1hr).

if it wasn't for sample size it'd be epic/sad.

make that 2hr...go soriano.

Always thought we should have signed Johnny Gomes years ago.....he just crushes LHP for living.

With you there.

When the Reds signed him to a cheapie deal, he just stuck it to the Cubs that year.

another game, another short leash on the pitcher.

he was having a great game outside of the 1st two batters of the game and a few deep counts.

...and the pen (camp) turns a man on 1st (wood's runner) with 2 outs into an earned run putting t.wood in line for the loss.


c.pena (TB) hit leadoff tonight...hits a 3-run homer. lulz.

2/5, btw, 1k 0bb



good call by the ump at 3b, actually paying attention.

and Carlos Lee is terrible, that was hardly a bad pick-off throw.

As CRUNCH says, "He's only a leg injury away from being worthless..."

But one of the few fun things to watch this woeful season.

Every game I have been at, the corner IF'ers play him well in. If he could learn to hit Eckstein-style, and take some walks, he'd be an even more interesting and valuable player.

How many innings since this team has led a game? 60? 70?

I'm not sure what's worse. Never leading, or leading, and blowing the lead late. I can't imagine that this is what TheoCorp had in mind when they committed to rebuilding. When Tony Campana is the highlight reel whenever there is one, it's a sad state of affairs.


I heard from toonsterwu over at BCB that Whitenack is heading to Daytona (which AZ Phil said during ST) and Cates is heading to EXST. Makes sense, Cates has had it rough in Daytona. I would like to see him back in the MW league for a few starts. He's only 22. He could take Francescon's spot in Peoria's rotation. They haven't really replaced that spot with a move, yet.

What's up, people? Nice to be back here at The Cub Minor-Leagues Reporter

Re: Campana

Saw a couple of interesting stats while at the game on Sunday. At the time, at least (and I think I got this right) Campana had the most sacrifice bunts in the NL and was tied for the most bunt hits in MLB.

Found that interesting given the discussion of his lack of bunting skill.

probably has a lot to do with bunting 75% (unofficial) of his PA's.

Brett Butler or Juan Pierre he is not.

True. But no one said he was.

Just found it interesting. He evidently can bunt a little bit.

LeMahieu getting called up by Rockies.

.752 OPS in Colorado Springs so far.

I believe that translates to .615 in a normal atmosphere.

Iowa Cubs playing early. B. Raley called up and has given up 2 runs in 2 innings.

Clevenger playing, so doesn't look like he re-injured himself yesterday.

yeah, catching today too...

Says Hoyer: "Patience is the key driver in our decision making. Last year the situation was nearly identical — struggling offense and Rizzo putting up huge numbers in Tucson. Clearly I made the wrong decision in bringing him up too early. His development was not complete.''

w/ 2 k's [so far] today, bjax now has whiffed like 33 times in 72 ab's this month...



I don't think that will help the swinging and missing.

Tony Campana is leading the league in this stat...per John DeWan (hint: no good will come of this)

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