Cubs Win One on the Rocks

Yasiel Balaguert singled three times, drove-in a run, and scored another, Sergio Burruel reached base three times on two singles and a walk, scored one run, and knocked-in another, and Dong-Yub Kim doubled twice and scored two runs, leading the Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-4 (K, F-8, F-9, 5-3)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 1-4 (E-4, F-8, L-8, 1B, R, 2 SB)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 1-4 (K, 1B, 5-3, F-9, R)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 1B, F-7, R, RBI)
5. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 1-4 (6-U FC, E-5, 2B, K, RBI)
6. Dong-Yub Kim, LF-DH: 2-4 (2B, K, F-9, 2B, 2 R)
7. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 2-3 (P-6, 1B, BB, 1B, R)
8. Brian Inoa, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, L-1 DP, HBP, 4-6 FC, RBI)
9. Danny Lockhart, 3B: 2-3 (HBP, 1B, 1B, F-8, PO)
10. Justin Marra, DH-C: 0-3 (3-6 FC, BB, 6-3 DP, F-7)
11. Trevor Gretzky, DH-LF: 0-3 (6-3, 4-3, 3-1)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tayler Scott: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 54 pitches (36 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
2. David Henrie: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (11 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
3. Felix Pena: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 32 pitches (21 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
4. Alvido Jimenez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (20 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
5. Daniel Adrian: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 14 pitches (8 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (dropped pop fly in foul territory, extending AB)
2. 1B Dan Vogelbach - E-3 (missed catch on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd base)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Sergio Burruel: 1-2 CS

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Shawon Dunston Jr - threw out batter 8-4 trying to stretch a single into a double

ATTENDANCE: 7

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's

Comments

ratso hits #16 w/ backing of a 20+ mph wind...

DeJesus/Johnson/Castro/Soriano/Mather/Baker/Barney/Hill/Samardzija

good luck ninja...

2 games in a row without i.stewart (3 out of the last 5, all vs lefties)...looks like they're firmly on platoon-mode with him now (or he's banged up).

I hear a Beatles song going through my head, over, and over, and over again.

Turn me on deadman

Cubs losing streak up to 8 games.

Now proud owner of worst record in baseball, 1/2 game up(?) on Rockies and Twins.

and 59 innings without a lead in a game...neat.

reed johnson gets it done with a solo shot in the 60th inning (top 1st).

AZ Phil,

Any truth to Phil Rogers's claim today that Baez is on the cusp of a promotion to Peoria?

What is wrong with Dan Vogelbach? Ugh. He's been atrocious.

it's not going to get any easier out there once june pounds down pure heat on them...not like it's been cool there recently or anything.

Bad Z tonight, 7 ER through 5 IP vs rockies

So I shouldn't have started him on the ol' fantasy team...

Now down 2-1 on pure Cubbery.

Typical that the ball gets knocked out of DeJesus glove by Barney when they collided near the RF line on a soft bloop.

Todd Walker is coaching high school baseball now.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/201205...

"I started coaching my son's U-9 travel team this year and I had a great time with that"

...an under-9yo travel league. baseball these days...wow.

We have a U8 team in our suburban Chicago league

The CABA and USSSA World Series for 9U, 11U, and 15U have been held in/around Crystal Lake for sometime. There's 8 and 9 yr old 'In-House' leagues in Arizona will talent equal or better than most travel teams around Chicago.

They've been trying to do the whole "travel leagues" thing for youths here in NC for years recently, but for the most part it seems to be the 12-18 year olds that fill the leagues.

They've offered (someone still might be organizing) U8/9/10/etc leagues, but they've been less than competitive to fill. It's not uncommon to see -12yo leagues with barely enough players to fill a 10-12 man roster.

The short-series "tourneys" are getting more popular, though. Kids basically practice for a short time then play in a week-long series or a series of weekend tourneys.

Some of the coaching (Dads) playing their kid at SS and P gets to some, but I'm generally in favor of anything that keeps them busy away from video games and trouble.

Athletic coaches were frequently as bad influences in my life as video games were. At least in my area, racism and sexism were extra common among athletic coaches, and so were the tendencies to scream at and/or humiliate anyone who disappointed you in any way.

This. I had some real assholes for coaches pre high school. The older and smarter I got, the more it turned me off. At some point you either have to accept the meatballness, or ignore it. I'm not particularly good at either.

Wrestling coaches were the absolute worst when I was growing up. You are already feeling miserable from cutting weight. Then you have to listen to an asshole say you have no heart, and how "In his day" I wouldn't have ever beat him.

Hope they never made ya "check the oil"

aka "the asian dart"

I had a great wrestling coach...though I was never a fan of the "Butt Drag".

Your Chicag Cubs

dolis...barf.

1-5, bottom 8...fun

full pdf of the CBA is out

http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com...

I scanned through it and there's no mention of designated hitter being negotiable or possibly being implemented other than to say during interleague games, there will be on in AL parks and the pitcher hits in NL parks. And in the ASG, there will be a DH for both leagues regardless of the park.

There's a possibility of an international draft in 2013 and there's an option for it to be implemented in each ensuing year.

CBA runs through 2016.

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  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 44 min 35 sec ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 45 min 13 sec ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 51 min 40 sec ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 55 min 12 sec ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 58 min 48 sec ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • QuietMan 1 hour 23 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 15 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?

    The E-Man 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!

    billybucks 12 hours 5 min ago view