Cubs Youngsters Meet Veteran MLB RHP Kip Wells at Diablo Park

Ryan Dalton smacked a two-out two-run double to cap a three-run 6th, and veteran RHP Kip Wells and three relievers combined to throw a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts, as the Angels topped the Cubs 4-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this afternoon at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.

The Angels signed Wells last Friday, and this was his first game outing of any kind in 2013. He allowed one unearned run, a single and a walk, with four strikeouts, in his two innings of work  

Two more prospects who recently arrived from the Cubs Dominican Academy made their U. S. debut today, as 17-year old switch-hitting SS Frandy de la Rosa (signed as a 16-year old last July 2nd for a $700K bonus) and 20-year old switch-hitting 2B Bryant Flete (296/419/419 for DSL Cubs #2 in 2012) saw action in the game. Flete will probably be the starting 2B for the AZL Cubs in 2013, and de la Rosa will likely spend Extended Spring Training battling Francisco Sanchez for the AZL Cubs starting SS job.

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

1a. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-9, 6-3, R, SB)
1b. Bryant Flete, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
2a. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
2b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-2 (4-3, K)
3. Reggie Golden, DH #1: 0-2 (K, L-9, BB, SB)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-2 (E-6, K, BB)
5. Yasiel Balaguert, RF-DH: 1-3 (F-9, 1B, 6-4 FC)
6. Xavier Batista, DH-RF: 0-3 (K, K, K)  
7a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (BB, P-6)
7b. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-1 (K)
8a. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-2 (K, F-8)
8b. Jeffrey Baez, LF: 0-0 (BB)
9a. Lance Rymel, C: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
9b. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (K)
10. Luis Acosta, 3B: 0-3 (K, K, K)

1. Dillon Maples: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 37 pitches (22 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
2. Erick Leal: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 35 pitches (27 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Corbin Hoffner: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 39 pitches (23 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO 
4. Mike Hamann: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 31 pitches (22 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. Matt Iannazzo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 12 pitches (10 strikes)

3B Luis Acosta - E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 70's     



I might have mentioned this before, but Erick Leal (one of two Venezuelan pitchers acquired by the Cubs from the Diamondbacks for Tony Campana) has an unusual stretch position. He covers his face with his glove and cocks his left arm horizontal to the ground with his elbow facing directly at the hitter, and all you can see are his eyes... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes... glaring back at the hitter... Like the Phantom of the Opera about to reveal his identity.

Geez PHIL - that is creepy!

I can't wait for the Bears season to start, so that when Cutler gets hurt I can get pumped about seeing some of the new kids in spring training.

From the twitter feed:

Wild scene here in Toledo as Felix Pie has to be restrained from going into stands. Brandon Inge plays peacemaker and gives fans baseballs

supposedly some asshat dumped beer on him...reached around into the dugout and threw it on him.

so much for the cubs not inviting "those that don't belong" to sing the 7th...for the second time in a week...

john c mcginley murdered the song...well, badly wounded it...he only messed up 3-4 random words rather than flubbing entire lines.

not bad for a guy from NYC who's a detroit redwings fan, i guess.

I'd expect Dr. Cox to tell the fans to piss off or something.

Game's not over yet, but, through 12 games and 7 innings:

Cubs #2 hitter has zero walks.
Cubs clean-up hitter has zero RBIs.

What we need here is a Jumbotron.

Camp looks like he's ready to return to the closer role. My goodness, what an awful team.

another season of awesome pen work in progress

i dunno who it is, but that dude wearing #42 for the cubs sucks.


ground out, fly out, single, walk, single, double, HBP...bases loaded, down by 2...and it's up to d.barney.

diving catch by gentry in CF to end not fair...not a "mailed in" diving catch, either...damn.

at least the game was interesting for 15 minutes or so.

That hit by Barney looked just about how you'd want it to -- nice low line drive that Gentry looked to be too far away from to get to it. I didn't think he was going to reach it but he closed on it quickly, laid out for it and picked it off.

it was awesome and sucked all at the same time...

speaking of, that HBP on welly probably left a nice bruise on his ankle (or right above the ankle)...i imagine d.navarro will get the start behind the plate tomorrow.

At least Kameron Loe didn't give up a HR tonight. So I guess we've got that going for us.

he got a lucky call at home plate that kept a run from going on his ERA, though.

at the same time, the runner that would have scored wouldn't have been on base if it wasn't for a bad hop off the infield dirt.

AZ Soler on his way back to Daytona?

GEORGE A: Jorge Soler has left Arizona and should be in Florida, although he will not be physically rejoining the D-Cubs until they return home tomorrow.

Thanks, Phil....I still think he beats Baez to Tennessee.

He also plays Red Barber in 42, and it was Jackie Robinson Day, so...

Must be looking for his retirement check

Sullivan tweets Big Z at Wrigley "saying hi" to everyone.

that shouldn't take long...hardly anyone around in the front office, coaches, or players that were around in 2011.

Probably no game tonight

game postponed. no makeup date announced.

You would think the Cubs would be all over getting Julio Borbon to replace the steaming pile of crap that is Sappelt.

countdown until he's an astro starting...

And just a waiver refresher...

The Cubs have #2 priority for claims off Outright, Optional, and Release waivers through the 30th day of the 2013 MLB regular season. (Houston is #1). Then beginning with the waiver period that commences on the 31st day of the MLB regular season (April 30th), the standings from the day the 47-hour waiver claiming period ends for a particular player are used to determine waiver claim priority.  

Also, waiver claim priority for Outright, Optional, and Release waivers is ALWAYS just like draft priority, in that there is no distinction made between the American League and the National League. So if Julio Borbon were to be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers, the only team that has waiver claim priority over the Cubs would be Houston. It doesn't matter that Borbon was placed on waivers by an American League team (Texas) and the Cubs are in the National League. The Cubs are still #2 behind Houston (at least until April 30th).

The only type of waivers where a player has to be "waived out of his own league" (no club from his own league made a claim) before a club from the other league can be awarded a claim are Trade Assignment Waivers, which are required to trade any player on an MLB 40-man roster after the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline up through the conclusion of the MLB regular season.

Sappelt is off to a rocky start. But Borbon hits left-handed.
Bigger problems than Sappelt I suppose?

Sappelt is somehow still the best option for CF v LHP on this team. His career splits v LHP compared to DeJ clearly play that out. However, especially now with Barney back, this ice-cold version of Sappelt had better never bat leadoff again.

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • 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.