Raley & Golden Shine at Fitch Park

Brooks Raley threw six innings of three-hit one-run ball and Reggie Golden belted a two-run double, as the Boise/Mesa Cubs (Extended Spring Training) edged the Iowa Cubs 2-1 in an intrasquad game this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was halted after 6-1/2 innings.

The Iowa Cubs are still in Mesa (and will be until Wednesday), because they open the season on Thursday night at Albuquerque, and will not be flying to Des Moines until the end of their road trip (Albuquerque & Round Rock).    

Raley pitched for the Boise/Mesa squad so that he could face the AAA Iowa Cubs lineup, and the Boise/Mesa pitchers threw for the Iowa Cubs and faced the Boise/Mesa hitters. Dillon Maples was very impressive, throwing 2.1 IP of no-hit ball with three strikeouts.

Iowa Cubs catcher J. C. Boscan, who spent Spring Training as an extra catcher in big league camp with the Chicago Cubs, got four AB in today's intrasquad game, batting third for Boise/Mesa in each of the first four innings. He got two hits (both singles), and was Raley's catcher for all six innings. (Justin Marra was the catcher for the Boise//Mesa pitchers, so he played for Iowa).

Ian Stewart (on the Cubs 15-day DL with a quad injury) took a lengthy BP session after the intrasquad game and hit the ball very well. .

In Cubs minor league roster news, Kane County INF Wes Darvill has been promoted to AAA Iowa, to provide an extra back-up middle-infielder while Alberto Gonzalez is with the Cubs. Also, 2B Roni Torreyes has been demoted from Daytona to Extended Spring Training. He's not injured (he's been playing regularly throughout Minor League Camp, and he played the entire game today), so there must be some other issue involved.

Also, RHP Rob Whitenack has been Designated for Assignment to make room for INF Alberto Gonzalez on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster. Whitenack was added to the 40-man roster after last season, but he has struggled with his control and was unable to elevate the velocity on his fastball throughout Spring Training. If he clears waivers, I would expect him to be assigned to Extended Spring Training.

RHP Carlos Martinez pitched in relief today. Martinez had been absent from Minor League Camp for about ten days and I was unable to determine his roster status or whereabouts, but I can now report that he has been assigned to Extended Spring Training.

However, it would appear that IF-OF Bobby Buckner (Bill Buckner's son), OF James Hill (Billy Williams' grandson), and C-OF Rony Rodriguez (somebody's son, nephew, brother, and/or cousin) have been released, although that cannot be confirmed at this time.

Here is the box scores from the game:

X. J. C. Boscan, C: 2-4 (1B, L-9, F-9, 1B, R)
NOTE: Boscan batted four times, hitting third in each of the first four innings
1. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (1B, L-8, F-8, R)
2. Roni Torreyes, 2B: 0-3 (L-8, E-5, F-8)
3. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-2 (2B, BB, K, 2 RBI)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-3 (3-1, F-8, 4-3)
5. Dong-Yub Kim, LF-DH: 0-3 (F-8, 4-6 FC, K)
6. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-2 (1B, 4-3, BB, SB, CS)
7. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, BB, K)
8. Trevor Gretzky, DH-LF: 0-2 (1-3, F-7)
9. Erick Castillo, DH #2: 0-2 (K, 6-3)

1. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (K, K, HBP)
2. Brian Bogusevic, CF: 1-3 (L-8, 1B, 4-3, R)
3. Josh Vitters, 3B: 0-2 (L-6, F-9)
4. Brad Nelson, 1B: 1-2 (K, 2B, RBI)
5. Darnell McDonald, RF: 0-2 (6-3, K)
6. Ty Wright, LF: 0-2 (4-3, 6-3)
7. Justin Marra, C: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8. Edwin Maysonet, SS: 1-2 (1B+E1, 5-3)
9a. Luis Flores, DH #1: 0-1 (K)
9b. Tim Torres, PH: 0-1 (F-8)
10. Wes Darvill, DH #2: 0-2 (6-3, 4-3)

1. Brooks Raley: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 80 pitches (48 strikes), 7/5 GO/FO

1. Paul Blackburn: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 41 pitches (24 strikes), 3/5 GO/FO
2. Carlos Martinez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 19 pitches (10 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Dillon Maples: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 34 pitches (19 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO

P Brooks Raley - E-1 (throwing error on bunt single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)

3B Josh Vitters - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Justin Marra: 1-2 CS

ATTENDANCE: 11 (including Wayne Gretzky)

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's


Ian Stewart (on the Cubs 15-day DL with a quad injury) took a lengthy BP session after the intrasquad game and hit the ball very well.

Good news!

And the Great One! That's a good day.

Ryan Ludwick - dislocated right shoulder

ESPN has evidently decided to leave the "strike zone" graphic up full time.

this is a new era of annoying televised baseball.

-edit- okay...into the middle of the bottom 3rd it seems they're done with that "experimental television"

-edit- and it's back...i guess they're gonna do it for some ABs and not for others...for no real reason...whatever

also, it's really weird seeing r.sandberg in a phillies uniform

11pm...watching games that count from the west coast...i still miss mark grace in ARZ's booth...and oddly d.sutton...and it's weird yet familiar hearing bob...

Did you subscribe to the MLB cable package? MLB iPad 'script? I remember at one time if you got one package you had access to the other? Is that still happening? Is the iPad performance ok for those that have it now. I had buffering issues in years past...

mlb cable package...fwiw, it's "free preview" time for most systems for the next week or so.

PHIL: Thanks for the eye-witness report. Nice to hear about Raley's nice work against the Jr. Circuit. Cubs need to hire him a personal "Yips Coach" as his pattern is soiling himself facing MLB players.
Maybe he'll figure it out this year? He'll be 25 in June.

Raley had a quality start at home against Cincinnati last August, a win the following week at Cincinnati in which he gave up 5 hits and 3 earned runs in 5.1 innings, and another five-inning stint on 8/25 in which he yielded 5 hits and 2 runs. That's three out of his five starts.

Define yips.

You looked at ALL his starts? A WHIP of 1.80? BABIP of .321? OBP of .383,

He's not missing any bats. He coupdn't get out of the 4th inning in one of the games with a 15.75 ERA. His first start. That would define the YIPS. Against the mighty Pads. 2nd game? 6 inn. 3 earned. Not bad. 3rd and 4th start were decent and he got his one win. The 5th start 10 hits and 7 runs.

So, three out of 5 were decent. Still, Yips and blech. Hey, maybe he'll prove to be useful? The Cubs sure could use that!

not that I care about Raley, but isn't the definition of the Yips, a sudden inability to throw strikes, somtimes to a comical effect (see Ankiel, Rick).

I think you're confusing Yips with Raley's mediocrity.

Yes, perhaps you're right. I've only seen his bad games, and he reminds me of the Curb episode with the guy who practices well with putting, but gets the Yips in a money game...

The last time the Cubs were 2 games over .500 was the end of the 2009 season.

Wow. We could actually go two games over .500?

Is it too early to call this a 'must win'?

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  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:


    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).