Cabrera Throws Five Shutout Innings at Fitch Park

Roni Torreyes knocked-in three runs with a bases-loaded triple, John Andreoli tripled and walked, scored two runs, and drove-in two more, Rafael Lopez reached base three times on a double, a single, and a walk, and scored three runs, and Alberto Cabrera tossed five innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts and four relievers threw four perfect innings, as the Tennessee Smokies blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants AA affiliate) 9-0 on Field #2, and Brad Nelson, Edwin Maysonet, and Tim Torres smacked extra-base hits to highlight a four-run 2nd inning for the Cubs, while Johnny Monell and Hector Sanchez blasted home runs for the Grizzlies, as the Iowa Cubs and Fresno Grizzlies (Giants AAA affiliate) played to an 8-8 tie on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor League Camp action this afternoon at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Tennessee and Iowa pitchers were inserted into the lineups in sacrifice situations to practice their bunting skills.

Jeffrey Baez and Xavier Batista were temporarily moved-up to the Iowa squad from the Boise/Mesa squad (Extended Spring Training), and both of them saw action in the game on Field #3.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):

FITCH PARK FIELD #2

TENNESSEE LINEUP:
X-1. Alberto Cabrera, P: 0-1 (K, SH-E1)
NOTE:: Cabrera batted twice, hitting 3rd in the 2nd inning and 2nd in the 5th
1. Roni Torreyes, 2B: 1-4 (K, 3B, K, 5-3, R, 3 RBI)
2. Matt Szczur, RF: 2-4 (6-3, 1B, 1B, K, R, RBI, SB)
3. Javier Baez, SS: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, F-8, K)
4. Jorge Soler, DH #1: 1-3 (P-5, 2B, BB, P-5, R)
5. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 1-3 (1B, K, BB, F-7, R)
6. Christian Villanueva, 3B: 1-4 (F-8, 6-3, F-7, 1B)
7a. Rafael Lopez, DH #2: 2-2 (BB, 2B, 1B, 3 R, RBI)
7b. Micah Gibbs, C: 0-1 (3-U)
8. John Andreoli, CF: 1-2 (BB, 4-6-3 DP, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
9. Evan Crawford, LF: 0-2 (L-9, 4-3, F-9 SF, RBI)
10. Luis Flores, C-DH; 1-3 (1B, 6-3, K, R)

TENNESSEE PITCHERS:
1. Alberto Cabrera: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 68 pitches (44 strikes), 7/2 GO/FO
2. Dae-Eun Rhee: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 10 pitches (7 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
3. Yeiper Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 15 pitches (10 strikes), 1/0 GO/FO
4. Zac Rosscup: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (8 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. David Cales: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (8 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

TENNESSEE ERRORS: NONE

TENNESSEE CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Luis Flores: 1-1 CS

FITCH PARK FIELD #3

IOWA LINEUP:
X-1. Drew Carpenter, P: 0-0 (1-4 SH, 1-4 SH)
NOTE: Carpenter batted twice, hitting 2nd in both the 1st and 2nd innings
X-2. Yoanner Negrin, P: 0-0 (1-3 SH)
NOTE: Negrin batted once, hitting 2nd in the 5th
1. Logan Watkins, 2B: 1-3 (1B, P-4, BB, 4-3, R)
2. Brian Bogusevic, CF-DH: 1-4 (5-3, 1B, E-6, K, R, SB)
3a. Justin Bour, DH #1: 1-2 (4-3, 2B, BB, RBI)
3b. Xavier Batista, PH: 1-1 (2B, R)
4. Brad Nelson, 1B: 2-3 (2B, 3-U, F-8 SF, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
5. Darnell McDonald, LF: 1-4 (1B, 5-3, K, F-8, R, RBI)
6a. Johermyn Chavez, RF: 1-2 (BB, 3-U, 1B, R)
6b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (F-8)
7. Edwin Maysonet, SS: 1-4 (2B, P-3, F-8, P-4, R, RBI)
8. Chad Noble, C: 0-2 (F-9 SF, F-8, F-7 DP, RBI)
9. Tim Torres, 3B: 2-3 (3B, F-8, 1B, R, RBI)
10a. Josh Vitters, DH #2: 0-2 (6-3, 6-3)
10b. Rubi Silva, CF: 0-1 (F-8)

IOWA PITCHERS:
1. Drew Carpenter: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 75 pitches (47 strikes), 1/8 GO/FO
NOTE: Carpenter's 5th inning was stopped with one out when he reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the day
2. Yoanner Negrin: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 31 pitches (20 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Marcus Hatley: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (7 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Frank Batista: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 20 pitches (11 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

IOWA ERRORS: 1
SS Edwin Maysonet - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)

IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Chad Noble: 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 39

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

 

Comments

I'm glad to see AZ Phil covering the minor league guys now. There are plenty of people to cover the parent club.

Rockies send Tyler Colvin to AAA. Spring training line of .167/.216/.208 with 14 strikeouts in 48 at-bats.

Someone should make sure he didn't get a broken bat stuck in his rib cage this spring cause that's more like the 2011 version of TC.

DJ LeM got sent down earlier in ST, too.

DId they share one plane to AAA?

s.castro almost caught napping (what's new?) on a single to RF...

RF'r fires the ball to 1st because castro is moving at a snail's pace jogging to 1st...safe by 1/2 step...if that.

gyeh.

I watched the replay several times, and there is no doubt that Castro was running hard out of the box. It was just a good attempt by the right fielder, who is a former top pitching prospect with a great arem

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hinted Friday that Justin Sellers could begin the season as the starting shortstop.

(Sellers and Richie Robnett for Michael Wuertz)

given how sellers hits...and how he's hit this spring...someone might want to check don for concussion syndrome symptoms. 5-25, no xbase hits, 2bb (.200/.286/.200).

OAK got a good deal on wuertz...even if it was only a 1-season payoff on the deal.

blake parker tonight... 1.1ip 0h 0bb 3k

7.2ip 4h 1bb 10k on the spring...1er

interesting.

OAK vs SF spring training game...warmup for the season @SF (in SF)...42,000+ attendance.

daaaaaaaaaaaaaayaaaaaaaaaaaaaam.

they're ready for some baseball in the bay.

I caught quite a few games in SF and I really like that park. Great place for baseball. I tried desperately to not be a Cubs fan in those days, because I was so sick of being in that abusive relationship, and if watching Bonds dump balls into McCovey Cove on a consistent basis didn't do the trick, at a park that was in my opinion easily as good as Wrigley, I realized nothing would. Sadly, being a Cubs fan is just embedded too deeply. The same is true for me of all Chicago teams except the White Sox, but the Cubs were the only team I tried to make a concerted effort to abandon. I spent almost an entire year trying to ignore them while focusing on the Giants. It was an abysmal failure. But I was happy for my SF brethren for winning those titles. I can see why they'd have a ton of fans there. Now if only the A's could find a way into Fremont, you'd have something.

CHC/HOU replay on MLB Network currently, fwiw.

found this on Moscoso before the Cubs got him from the Jays...I guess that defines the Cubs as "Pitching Starved" from BP (by RJ Anderson):

The Jays love claiming potentially useful relief arms off waivers. That's about the extent of Moscoso's upside nowadays. Here's what I wrote on him last week:

You might remember Moscoso from his improbable 2011 season when, in 21 starts, he posted a 3.38 ERA for the Athletics. The A's, no doubt wary of a large unearned run total, sent Moscoso to the Rockies as part of the Seth Smith deal. Predictably, the Venezuelan native came back to Earth in 2012, to the point where all of his runs were earned. So it goes. Moscoso does have nice movement on his fastball but little else to offer. He could latch on with a pitching-starved team or try his luck overseas

AZ Phil, when will the four minor league teams be leaving Mesa?

3/29/13 transaction...

Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Tony Campana to Reno Aces.

Reno > Des Moines, ...and more expensive (unless you're campy-ing).

per roto...

D-Train released by Cubs. End O' the Choo-Choo Line?

So was Hayden Simpson

End of the Sleep Train

Now I've been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come. And I believe it could be, something good has begun.

Nicely done.

:) That's my kind of train.

Serious baseball question for the blog, here.

Hayden Simpson:
A.) Worst 1st-round pick?
or
B.) Worst. 1st-round. Pick. EVAR.?

I'M MATT F'N BUSH!

1st round/1st pick...some dude named "Verlander" was the 2nd pick. he's been in the news lately.

...also, I thought they should have snagged K.Cowart in that 2010 draft...I was blown away he was projected to go late 1st (2nd round to some people making projections). it was a gift to LAA that he lasted so long. he's one of the best highschool hitters to ever come out of a competitive GA baseball program. from what i remember, it was almost a given they were going to draft h.simpson before the draft even started, though.

I didn't like the pick at the time. However, his inability to stick was, in part, due to injuries. Earl Cunningham was a worse choice, as he never even seemed to try to be professional about getting better.

Or Matt Bush, who a decent character history might have indicated would be a mistake of a pick.

certainly up for consideration for B...

I defended the pick at the time, but if you're gonna reach that much you can't be that wrong.

guys like Cunningham, Harvey, etc weren't that big of a reach at the time.

I'll give you that it's not as bad as totally wasting a 1st overall pick on, say, Matt Bush, as the example was given. But I'm having a very hard time remembering a Cubs 1st-rounder who managed to have as little minor-league success as Simpson, especially ones who didn't miss time because of major shoulder surgeries or something along those lines.

I'm very skeptical about the supposition that his career has been derailed by a bad case of Mono.

Pawelek was pretty damn awful, but I guess his first season and a half held some hope.

Hayden Simpson was released today. 

h.blanco (TOR) scores from 1st on a j.reyes double...lulz...so much lulz.

41 years young and still out there trying...

"Darwin Barney has been ruled out for Opening Day because of a gash on his knee that required stitches."

...and nothing of value was lost.

also, marmol still sucks...picked up the loss after giving up 3 runs in 2/3ip. neat.

Our opening day lineup is going to have Valbuena at 3rd base and Lillibridge at 2nd. They're really giving the Astros a run for their money on worst lineup.

At least Samardzija can hit a little.

check out the HOU lineup the cubs lost to today...it was almost all minor leaguers.

there's a fun 2013 coming up.

Well yes, but only because they sat their regulars.

Logan Watkins has been very impressive at Minor League Camp so far, playing a solid 2B and hitting lead-off for Iowa. Also, he's already on the 40-man roster and he's graduated from AA (he was the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year in 2012), so if the Cubs do DL Darwin Barney, they can just recall Watkins for a couple of weeks and let him play 2B.

Amen. If I have to watch a replacement level guy play every day, give me the young one, please.

But we can't start his clock yet????
Lol.

another one bites the dust... (just take a moment to visualize that cliche)

Marlins DFA former Cub lefty Scott Maine...and then repurchase his contract from AAA New Orleans. Odd.

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    [Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]

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    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 11 min ago view
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    Still impressive.

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    crunch 14 hours 18 min ago view
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