Torreyes Terrorizes Snakes at Talking Stick

Roni Torreyes singled twice, tripled, drove-in two runs, and scored another, Carlos Penalver singled twice, scored two runs, and stole a base, Jose Dore mashed a solo HR, and Paul Blackburn tossed three shutout innings, as the Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort, east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as an 11-inning affair, so that more innings would be available for the Cubs and D'backs pitchers who were scheduled to throw today.

The Defensive Play of the Game was turned-in by 19-year old SS (and Junior Lake clone) Francisco Sanchez, who made a sliding catch at the foul line halfway between third base and the outfield fence. Sanchez showed extraordinary speed and range to even get to the ball, and then after catching it, he quickly righted himself and showed off his plus-arm, making a pinpoint throw back to the infield.

After drawing nine walks in eight innings yesterday, the Cubs drew ten walks in eleven innings today.

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

1a. Roni Torreyes, 2B: 3-4 (L-5, 3B, 1B, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
1b. David Bote, 2B: 0-1 (BB, K, CS)
2a. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 0-3 (P-5, K, BB, 5-3)
2b. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-2 (P-6, K)
3a. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-2 (4-3, BB, P-2)
3b. Luis Acosta, PH-3B: 0-2 (BB, K, 3-U)
4a. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-1 (F-9, BB, BB)
4b. Kevin Encarnacion, PH-RF: 0-3 (K, F-8, P-4)
5a. Reggie Golden, DH: 0-2 (P-5, K, BB, RBI)
5b. Yasiel Balaguert, PH-DH: 1-2 (1B, K)
6a. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, K, K)
6b. Jose Dore, PH-1B: 1-2 (K, HR, R, RBI)
7a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 2-3 (1B, K, 1B, 2 R, SB)
7b. Francisco Sanchez, PH-SS: 0-2 (K, K)
8a. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-3 (K, 6-3, 5-3)
8b. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-0 (BB, BB, CS)
9a. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, R)
9b. Rashad Crawford, LF: 0-1 (K, BB)

1. Paul Blackburn: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 43 pitches (26 strikes), 3/4 GO/FO
2. Carlos Gutierrez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 33 pitches (18 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
3. Hunter Cervenka: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 18 pitches (9 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
4. Mike Hamann: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 19 pitches (12 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
5. Matt Iannazzo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
6. Chad Martin: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 20 pitches (15 strikes)

3B Mark Malave - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)

Neftali Rosario: 0-1 CS, 2 PB


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



Very disappointing attendance figures for today

"Zack Wheeler recently underwent an MRI for a blister on his right middle finger."


Maybe they were looking for a foreign body or the old days, that job belonged to the umpires. What's next Robo-MRI-umps?

MIA seems be trying to up-end HOU as the hands-down worst team in baseball...they're well on their way to 1-8.

SD and CHC seem to be fighting it out for that 3rd or 4th draft pick while the NYM seem to be pulling away from the SD/CHC grouping...still early, though.

woo, pre-determined massive suckage.

it's so misty at the MIN/KC game that they can't use the CF camera for pitches because all you can see is fog/haze...they have to use an overhead shot of pitcher/catcher for each pitch. it looks absolutely miserable out there.

it's weird television.

It’s been awful working with you. Love, Rahm.

"intimidating package"? It's a goat's head. Throw it in the dumpster and stop giving these dbags news coverage.

Soler involved w "bat incident " during fight?

he rushed the opponent's dugout with a bat...neat.

via J.Timmers/BCB...

"The incident occurred with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning and Daytona leading 9-7. Soler was on first base when Stephen Bruno hit a ground ball to shortstop. Soler went into second base and got tangled up with Clearwater second baseman Carlos Alonso, who completed the throw to first base for the inning-ending double play. Soler was apparently stepped on by Alonso and words were exchanged. Both benches cleared. No punches were thrown, however.

When everyone returned to the dugout, Soler grabbed a bat and charged the Clearwater dugout and went after Clearwater with the bat. He had to be pulled away and back into the dugout by Javier Baez and Daytona hitting coach Mariano Duncan. I initially reported that he had hit the walls of the dugout with the bat. That's unclear at this time. He was apparently swinging it in that direction."

That'll earn him a suspension, I expect.

Delmon Young received a 50-game suspension for throwing a bat at the home plate umpire (and hitting the umpire) in a AAA game a few years ago, so I would think Soler will probably get at least ten games, maybe even 15 or 20. And I suspect he will be sent to Extended Spring Training for a while, too.

What, did somebody toss and insult at Dorothy Mantooth or something?

Dorothy Mantooth is a saint!!!!!

Is it me or are all those pitchers (other than Blackburn) a little old to be in EXST?

K BANSAW: Gutierrez (2012 shoulder surgery) and Cervenka (forearm strain) are not exactly "rehabbing," but they are being brought along slowly. Cervenka was topping out at 93-94 today so he won't be down here much longer, especially with no lefty relievers at Iowa and only one at Tennessee, and Gutierrez (who should probably be a closer or set-up guy at AAA) was throwing a hard sinker & chengeup combo that was getting a lot of swings & misses.   

Hamann and C. Martin are RH relievers who were 2012 draft picks and Iannazzo (a side-armin' lefty who projects as a LOOGY) was a 2012 NDFA, and none of them made the Kane County Opening Day roster, so they are at EXST hoping slots open up eventually at KC or Daytona.

This is all pretty typical for Extended Spring Training.


Marwin Gonzalez with his 2nd HR of the season tonight, Astros said he'll get the bulk of playing time at shortstop over Ronny for the immediate future.

I know that Epstein already said they made some mistakes last year not protecting prospects, but I sure do miss Gonzalez and Flaherty this season. Lillibridge, A. Gonzalez, and Valbuena make me nauseous.

It sounds like the internet reports on Soler's altercation are a little bit overblown.

Well, I'm hot blooded, check it and see
I got a fever of a hundred and three
Come on bitches, dis bat got you in a trance?
I'm hot blooded, I'm hot blooded

You don't have to read my mind, to know what I have in mind
Bitches you oughta know
Now you think you move so fine, let me lay it on the line
I wanna know what you're doin' trying' to get into the show

Now it's up to you, we can make a secret rendezvous
Just me and you, I'll show you smack like you never knew

That's why, I'm hot blooded, check it and see
I got a fever of a hundred and three
Come on bitches, dis bat got you in a trance?
I'm hot blooded, hot blooded

If it feels alright, maybe I'll smack down on you all night
Shall I thump you on the knee?
But you've got to give me a sign, come on bitches, some kind of sign
Tell me, are your cleats hot mama? They sure look that way to me

Are you old enough? will you be ready when I call your bluff?
Is my timing right? did you save some bandages for me tonight?

Yeah I'm hot blooded, check it and see
Feel the fever burning inside of me
Come on bitches, dis bat got you in a trance?
I'm hot blooded, I'm hot blooded, I'm hot blooded

Now it's up to you, can we make a secret rendezvous?
Or, maybe you think you can get away from you know who

Well, I'm hot blooded, check it and see
I got a fever of a hundred and three
Come on bitches, dis bat got you in a trance?
I'm hot blooded, I'm hot blooded

Hot blooded, every night
Hot blooded, shit now I gotta an urge to bite
Hot blooded, now these new meds are driving me wild
Hot blooded, I'm so hot and riled
Hot blooded, I'm a little bit high
Hot blooded, you're about to die
Hot blooded, this ain't gonna feel like no bee sting
Hot blooded, as I smack you wit dis upswing

Thanks for the Paul Rogers O&B...Likin' those 70's eh?

Just showin' my age. As I was replacing words, I realized just what a god awful song that really was.

That's Foreigner, not Paul Rodgers, for what's it's worth.

Not a good day for baseball.

It would be tough to draw up more miserable weather days here than the last two.

Man up, and move to California like some of the rest of us Chicagoans did!


feldman threw a sinker with a break so nasty that the home plate ump had to go to the mound take a look at the ball.

if feldman was cheating he would/should have started many years ago...nothing found, game goes on.

feldman goes 3 innings without giving up a a row!

...let's see if he can go for 37.


hey, the 4 runs are unearned...wait, who cares.

Yes, CRUNCH. This MAY be a personal record for him. Certainly a Cubs 2013 record.

On another note - I'm digging this Nate the Skate guy so far. "Gritty". But with some game.

lillybridge finally gets a hit!

cubs lead...0-5, bottom 3rd.

OMG! The Blind Squirrel found a nut!!!!!

Tony Four Sacks- #3

How bad was the Castro error?

Two outs, two on, the pitcher up -- gotta make that play.

he should have made clunker.

In three years he has not improved much as a fielder. I predict if not traded, Baez will be the SS moving forward.

Just can't give ANY teams extra outs. The staff struggles as it is...He has now cost the team more wear on the pitchers as well as an unearned run.

his throwing is a lot better this year as far as accuracy...still, it's early and there's plenty of time for him to throw a few dozen wide and high.

You saw his crappy throw (E6) Tuesday? I disagree.

I didn't see the play, but I'm going to absolve him anyway since it was like 10 degrees at gametime (exaggerating for effect).

WTF Castro?

...and now it's a 1 run cubs lead. neat.

Nice down the middle Feldman! Whoooo!

Crappy pitcher on the mound, the other team's pitcher grounds to short with 2 on and 2 out -- Castro boots it. Crappy pitcher then hits a guy on 0-2 -- four runs score.

I'm sure Theo put another mark next to "Castro as future SS?' in his book.

though no one (that i know of) from theocorp has says so, i think a lot of people believe baez is the SS of the future and castro is probably destined for 2nd or 3rd...most likely 2nd.

So you are agreeing with my exact point of 6 posts earlier?

Of course some people believe he may get traded - which I think is not a crazy idea.

ive just seen a lot better/accurate throwing out of castro this season, early on...i think 10 out of 10 people will say baez is the better SS and will eventually take over there.

I am disappointed I can't see Baez at KC this year. He looks really talented. Of course I thought that about Dumb-Head Cedeno too.

Castro to CF eventually? He's got the speed and a good arm (but not the OBP...)

not if albert almora has anything to say about it...brett jackson wants a piece of that, too.

...and feldman only makes it through 4.1 ip.

2 on (1st/2nd) 1 out...taka in.

tie game...walked the pitcher with the bases loaded...go taka.

...giants lead on a sac fly...sigh. 6-5, top 5.

...make that 7-5 with a single.

Feldman will be a bullpen pitcher when Garza comes back (if he does).

So, let's see, Risk pitchers 2, Theo 1 ('neuva)

cubs have the umps names taped up in the dugout..for some reason nelson's (3rd base) name is in red and the rest are in black text.

crew chief? idea...i know of no bad history between the cubs and jeff nelson...

I left at 5-0, came back at 7-5 Giants...Cubbery.

looking at play-by-play now

Takashashi walked the pitcher with the bases loaded...


it was a 3-2 battle.  Still, another small piece of my soul died, that inning.

Speaking of walks -- coming into play today, the Cubs were dead last in the NL in walks (by a large margin -- only 15 vs. 2nd-to-last at 23) and were 2nd-to-last in OBP. Castro has yet to walk.

Uh....Theo? This is the model?

So tired of free swingers. It's basic math- the more pitches thrown in an inning, the greater chance for the opposing pitcher to throw a mistake.

ValNObuena and Rizzo seem to get it. It seems like they are taking more pitches this year, but in clutch situations, they seem to revert back to the old Cubs Way.

"it's still a very winnable game. the cubs are only down by 2. it just doesn't feel that way." - jd

jd understands...welcome to the cubs.

1st/3rd with no one out in the bottom of the shall they Cubbery this one?

GIDP by Beefy, run scores though.


you had to ask

Long game on a miserable day....could be close to 4 hours. This is why I have a "not before Memorial Day" rule for Cubs tickets.

Hah, that's good advice.

I know we are supposed to put up with these kids and their growing pains and all, but that 9th inning was painful. Castro must be taking hitting lessons from Soriano, and Rizzo put super glue on his shoulder, because that bat? It didn't move when some perfectly hittable pitches came softly up the middle.

"jay_jaffe @jonmorosi Quentin is hit at 2nd highest rate of any MLBer in history. For him to take offense by charging mound was totally uncalled for"

yeah, when it's the 3rd time the same pitcher has hit're probably gonna get charged at some point. it would have happened the 2nd time if it wasn't for a teammate and an ump.

either way, he's gonna get suspended for it...hope greinke enjoys the sore shoulder he got trying to block the attack.

yow...fractured left collarbone for greinke...

shouldn't have hit quentin...definitely shouldn't have mouthed off to quentin afterwards...most definitely shouldn't have lowered his shoulder to block a guy who's about 1.5 the size he is...

Who comes back first Greinke or Garza?

Quentin could at least make an attempt to get out of the way of pitches, hence he gets hit all the time. Also, there is no way Greinke hits him on purpose in that situation.

Five games for a Soler flare up?

golf clap.

it might get worse...

In league with NASA scientists, New York Times' best-selling author Gregg Braden expects that when the earth completes its transit of the Equator of the Milky Way, sometime between 2013 and 2015, ...Jorge Soler flares will destroy power grids and damage communications systems.

I knew he had a powerful stroke, but man that's impressive.

I think Baez's stroke eclipses Soler's.

/try the veal
//shows self to the door

Not enough power from Soler?

thats just sad

Per Rotoworld...

Ian Stewart (quad) is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon.

Stewart has been playing in extended spring training games, most recently hitting a couple doubles on Thursday while playing four innings. He should be able to rejoin the Cubs' lineup before the end of the month.

RIP Johnathan Winters.

For youngsters, he was Robin Williams before Robin Williams but Winters was funnier.

Per Roto...Marlins sign Jay Jackson

clevenger getting his first start at 3rd this year...he played an inning there late game yesterday and a few games there this spring.

Sure its a small sample size, but I like Nate Schierholtz.

our very own left handed everyday-playing reed johnson...with a better arm.

welly's catching some bad breaks on SB calls early...this is the 2nd "missed/blown" SB call going against him in the very early season.

8sb/3cs...should be 6sb/5cs...woo, the human element.

castro 1st HR on the year...

2 solo HR's (dejesus other one in the 3rd) give the cubs a 0-2 lead, bottom 5.

I also like Wellington Castillo, and of course San Dimas.

san dimas high school football rules!

vanillawafers with 82 pitches through 7ip...nice...could be the first complete game for the cubs on the season.

7ip 2h 1bb 3k

done after 7.1 on 1st (single)...lefty in. 92 pitches.

steve carlton?

Thank goodness we have a new closer.

marmol is sitting in the pen going "damn, i can do this."

fuji fail...

SF 3-2 lead.

*bangs head on table*

let the j.russell closer rumors begin.

Kerry Wood looked good in his last appearance.

alright then

Dinner! 3-3.

I was not expecting that.


Wow.  I was not expecting that, either.



Never trade that kid!

Always loved that guy.

How did Clevenger look at third?

he only got to make a couple of plays, one was a not-complex-yet-not-pedestrian pick and throw on the run to snag the runner at 1st. he looked good doing it. he was drafted as a SS and started his minor league career at 2nd, fwiw.

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  • 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).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.