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:


BOISE/MESA LINEUP:
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)


IOWA LINEUP:
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)


BOISE/MESA PITCHERS:
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


IOWA PITCHERS:
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


BOISE/MESA ERRORS: 1
P Brooks Raley - E-1 (throwing error on bunt single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)


IOWA ERRORS: 1
3B Josh Vitters - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)


IOWA CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Justin Marra: 1-2 CS


ATTENDANCE: 11 (including Wayne Gretzky)


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's

Comments

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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    Charlie 4 min 47 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 18 min 14 sec ago view
  • 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 1 hour 42 min 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 1 hour 42 min 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 1 hour 49 min 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 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 56 min 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 2 hours 5 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 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 2 hours 12 min ago view
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  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 40 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 3 hours 18 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 4 hours 2 min ago view
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    Old and Blue 4 hours 13 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 4 hours 14 min ago view