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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  • Sorry typing too fast.

  • I think while I get what you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.

    Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.

  • The players are required to perform with minimal thinking, relying on reflex, reaction, and muscle memory (or, as you say, rhythm). I think this point of view doesn't lend itself well to changing things up. Wearing Zany suits, on the other hand, does sound like fun and definitely keeps things interesting.

  • Scared me for a minute with your anagram for "Almora".

  • KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?

  • Baez is looking like a pretty special player.

  • Hey AZPhil,

    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.