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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  • Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.

  • I have convinced myself that Hammel's second half struggles were due to minor injuries and fatigue so with the extra rest he is going to be lights out.

  • Benji Molina is out of lineup

  • Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.

    Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.

    If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.

  • No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.

    I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.

  • Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!

  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

  • Yep

  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.