Baez Long Ball Propels Cubs to Victory

Jeffrey Baez smacked a three-run home run onto 8th Street, Danny Lockhart singled twice and drove-in three runs, and Ryan McNeil (Cubs 2012 3rd round draft pick) threw three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts, leading the Cubs to a 12-7 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ.

Ian Stewart continued his Extended Spring Training rehab assignment, batting five times (once in each of the first five innings) and going 1-4, reaching base on an RBI single and an HBP. He also flied out, lined out, and grounded out.

The defensive gem of the game was a run-saving inning-ending diving catch in right-centerfield by Cubs CF Rashad Crawford. A star basketball player at Mundy's Mill HS in Jonesboro, GA (where he was known as "Baby Jordan"), the 6'4 switch-hitting Crawford is one of the fastest and most athletic players in the Cubs system. 

Cubs 2012 6th round draft pick RHP Trey Lang struggled with his control today (throwing 30 pitches but only 11 strikes), and was pulled from the game after walking the bases loaded in the top of the 5th. 

The Cubs managed to score their 12 runs on only eight hits, but they drew nine walks and seven of them scored

The game was called in the top of the 9th after all of the pitchers scheduled to throw in the game has completed their work.

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

X. Ian Stewart, DH #1: 1-4 (F-7, L-7, 1B, HBP, 3-1, RBI)
NOTE: Stewart batted five times, hitting 3rd in each of the first five innings
1a. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (6-3, K, BB, R)
1b. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-2 (HR, E-6, R, 3 RBI, CS)
2. Danny Lockhart, SS: 2-5 (K, 1B, 1B, F-7, FC+E3, R, 3 RBI, SB)
3b. Wilfredo Petit, DH #2: 0-1 (6-3, BB)
4a. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-3 (K, L-8, 1B)
4b. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
5. Roni Torreyes, 2B: 0-4 (F-9, L-6, F-7, 6-4-3 DP)
6a. Jose Dore, 1B: 0-1 (4-3, BB, BB, 2 R)
6b. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-1 (K)
7a. Lance Rymel, C: 1-1 (2B, BB, 2 R)
7b. Erick Castillo, PH-C: 1-2 (2B, F-8, R, RBI)
8. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, F-7 SF, F-8, BB, R, RBI)
9a. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 0-1 (3-U, BB, R)
9b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 1-1 (BB, 1B, 2 R)

1. Ryan McNeil: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 37 pitches (26 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
2. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 26 pitches (17 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
3. Trey Lang: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 30 pitches (11 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
4. Loiger Padron: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 31 pitches (18 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
5. Hunter Ackerman: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 BALK, 39 pitches (25 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO

3B Mark Malave - E-5 (throwing error on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base and baserunner to score unearned run)

Lance Rymel: 2-3 CS


WEATHER: Partly cloudy & breezy, with temperatures in the 70's



appears that Sean Marshall is broken


Reds manager Dusty Baker admitted Tuesday that he's "still a little worried" about Sean Marshall (shoulder).


"He's not right," Baker added. Marshall dealt with left shoulder fatigue towards the end of spring training and has appeared in just one game so far during the regular season. It sounds like a trip to the disabled list will probably be needed. The Reds have good depth in their bullpen, but losing Marshall for an extended period of time would hurt.

don mattingly's lineups in LAD keep weirding me out. they're not top-to-bottom goofy, but he's run out some odd ones so far this season.

...and based on heavy playing time + early returns + horrid spring...does justin sellers have nude pics of mattingly and nick punto? is justin sellers even on this team? i don't care how many injuries they're dealing with.

sellers is a perfect example of why you need to dig deeper on minor league numbers to see what the batter is doing with which pitches. he can't even hit mistakes...he pretty much only hits fastballs...and not well unless they're inside or over the plate.

good day for Travis Wood to pitch, wind blowing in from LF, temps in the 40's

ha, just kidding.

It's never a good day for Travis Wood to pitch.

Woo! Go Cubs!

It just sounds pathetic anymore.

I'll be hanging around parachat tonight.

it's probably (hopefully) weather-related, but it's a very light showing at the park tonight...especially for a night game.

When they announced the attendance of 30,000ish, the 15,000 people in the crowd Lol'd for reals. We sat about 35 rows closer than our seats, ended up 4 rows behind the bullpen near the families of the bullpen catcher and Fujikawa. Sold my extra 2 tickets to a homeless looking scalper for $3. Then a cop told him to get the fuck out of here. Might go again tonight if the rain stops.

At Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ is kind of lame compared to at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.

as if it matters for the Cubs...

but Motte with a low-grade ligament tear in his elbow, rest for 3 weeks, if no improvement, probably to have TJ surgery...

I hereby declare all 0-for-x days be here on known as a lillibridge

"Rizzo lillibridged it today."

"Tough day for Castro, with the rare lillibridge at the plate."

"Another day, another lillibridge for Barney."

Could we shorten it to just 'bridge? Rolls off the tongue easier, at least for me. And with the amount of use it will get...

"Rizzo 'bridged it today"
"Another day, another 'bridge for Barney."

Just brainstorming.

Marmol didn't lillibridge too bad tonight?

I think 'marmol' works just fine for pitching. Marmol didn't marmol too bad tonight.

That makes a whole lot of sense. I will feel the appropriate amount of shame for suggesting it.

No shame intended; I just think Marmol epitomizes the suck.

Meh, got the job done, but he's just not fooling anybody anymore.

could work, we'll see what takes.

i was kinda hoping "I would think the Cubs would..." was gonna take off in the other thread...speaking of "things".

also, i fought the urge to 3/44 your whitenack post...i haven't seen a good 3/44 in a while.

futurama scoreboard:

Daytona Bottom of the 7th
Javier Baez triples (1) on a line drive to right fielder Cameron Perkins.
Jorge Soler singles on a line drive to left fielder Aaron Altherr. Javier Baez scores.

Aaron Altherr...lulz.

skinniest ballplayer i've ever seen.

dude is like 6'6" and built like a 18 year old prom queen...only without the bewbs.

Castro was going to swing at anything in that at-bat. He don't give a shiiiiiiiit about no strike zone.

tie game!

...with marmol warming in the pen...sigh.

lulz...fuji and russell both up in the pen before marmol throws a single pitch.


Hah... sounds like the Cubs trust Marmol as much as the crew trusts Axford.

Geez, he's not fooling anybody.

And a heckofa grab by castro (considering conditions)


Atta boy Castillo! It wasn't pretty but it got the job done!

Weli, awesome bunting technique.

intentional walk to Valbuena. Curses, Lilibridged again.

Sveum answers prayers pinch hitting Navarro (who walks) and Axford gets the hook.

Desperate times...


cubs lead on a sac fly!


2 more runs on a single...jeaaaaaaaaaaah.

3 run lead, bottom 8th.

marmol in line for the win...lulz.

a rout!

Marmol pitcher of record. The Vulture, part deux.

Marmol v Axford... I mean somethings gotta give in that situation.

Welcome to America... here's your shitty strike zone.


also, braun is unimpressed with the "cheater" chant...

HOU has scored 10 runs in 2.1 innings.

yo gotta spread those out over multiple games.

anyway, it seem like they may win game #2 tonight.

...make that 11 runs in 2.1

"No-drama" Fujikawa

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Chicago Cubs Minor League right-handed pitcher Pedro Silverio has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Silverio, who is currently on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Cubs, will be effective at the start of the DSL season.

cubs mlb update from Baseball America

CHC AAA Jackson, Brett RF 4 1 2 0 .280 3B (1), CS (1); New swing update: 8 Ks in 25 Abs, significantly down from '12

CHC HiA Baez, Javier SS 5 1 1 0 .190 3B (1)
CHC HiA Soler, Jorge RF 4 0 2 1 .450 BB (3)
CHC LoA Amaya, Gioskar 2B 5 1 2 0 .269 CS (1)
CHC LoA Candelario, Jeimer 3B 5 0 2 1 .241
CHC LoA Hernandez, Marco SS 4 2 2 0 .136 SB (1)

CHC LoA Johnson, Pierce 5 6 2 2 2 4 8.59

The Cubs have a sponsorship deal with Wrigley gum to advertise a brand called 5, with visible containers in the dugout and in the clubhouse. But apparently a WGN-Ch. 9 camera shot of the bullpen inadvertently revealed gum wrappers of the competing brand. The relievers then were told they were under orders not to chew Double Bubble in the bullpen.

Said one bullpen member: "I'm not changing gum after all these years because of the marketing department. I don't like that gum."

A Cubs spokesman said there is no rule as to which gum the players can chew but conceded the team wants Wrigley 5 to be the sole gum displayed because the company paid for exclusive rights.

Reminds me of the Cameron Maybin Panda Express incident.

If the marketing department insists, they should wrap Double Bubble in 5 gum wrap and provide it to the bullpen. There is already precedent for this kind of replacement in other sports- Certain NASCAR drivers sponsored by Coke will be seen drinking things from Coke bottles that are not Coke. Most times you cannot tell (it's still a brown soda), but it isn't Coke. A case of this may be somebody who cannot drink massive amounts of sugar like that that comes in a Coke, so they put some other drink in it (e.g. Diet Pepsi or tea).

CHC AAA Jackson, Brett RF 4 1 2 0 .280 3B (1), CS (1); New swing update: 8 Ks in 25 Abs, significantly down from '12

Wow! His K rate has now improved to 34% as opposed to 50!

Keep that needle going down BJax!

All kinds of stats available here:

Hey this is good! Thanks.


This ends a streak of 105 consecutive home games without a weather cancelation (last time was August 2011 v Washington). I wouldn't be surprised to hear that's the new Wrigley Field record.

It's OK, we'll start a new streak tomorrow! /baseball

Anyone hear roof top owners gave away free seats on rooftops for tonite's game?

Before postponement obviously.

Not raining. Radar still clear for a while. But it is cold and windy.

Sounds like random whining. I don't even understand what the point is. Is it the renovations? Will they obstruct the view of the rooftops or something? Is it incidental or are they actively blocking the view? If it's just incidental, well tough cookies.

I'm super out of the loop on all this stuff.

The rooftop owners are worried that a Jumbotron and/or other signage (a la the Toyota sign) will obstruct their views.

BA Chat

Re: Cubs draft

Jim Callis: It’s not a great draft, but in any draft, there’s talent available. The Cubs have the draft position and the extra spending power that comes with it to get some impact players. At No. 2, I’m taking the best guy available rather than targeting a specific need. That said, the Cubs really need some advanced pitching and the two best players available are college arms: Mark Appel (Stanford) and Jonathan Gray (Oklahoma). If the draft were today, I think the Cubs would take one of them.

Re: Baez

Jim Callis: You’d like him to show some semblance of discipline, but he also has a knack for hammering pitches out of the strike zone. The general feeling is that he’ll eventually figure out that pitchers won’t challenge him if they don’t have to, and he’ll adjust accordingly.

Re: Soler seeing the majors this year

Jim Callis: He’s already on the 40-man roster, so it’s possible.

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.