Giants Throw One-Hitter at Cubs En Route to DH Sweep at Indian School Park

John Polonius (two RBI doubles) and Shilo McCall (a three-run HR and an RBI FC) knocked-in four runs a piece, leading the Giants to an 11-2 victory over the Cubs on Field #1, and Steven Neff and three relievers combined to toss a one-hit shutout, as the Giants blanked the Cubs 2-0 on Field #2, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader action this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.

RHP Guillermo Moscoso got the start for the Cubs on Field #2, and threw four innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts. He allowed four hits (all singles) and did not issue any walks. He was a strike-throwing machine today (46 pitches - 38 strikes). I would think he will likely be in the Iowa starting rotation by the end of the month.  

Kevin Encarnacion singled, doubled, and walked, and scored a run for the Cubs squad on Field #1. 

In EXST roster news, RHP David Cales has been promoted to Daytona, and LHP Matt Iannazzo has been moved up to Kane County.  

Here are the 2013 EXST stats for Cales and Iannazzo:  

DAVID CALES: 5.40 ERA & 1.40 WHIP - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 8 K (5 G)
MATT IANNAZZO: 0.00 ERA & 0.33 WHIP - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (2 G)

Cales spent the 2012 season rehabbing from 2011 shoulder surgery, and the 5'8 side-armin' Iannazzo was signed as a Non-Drafted Free-Agent (NDFA) out of U. of Pittsburgh last June.  

Here are the box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):


1. Rashad Crawford, RF: 0-3 (L-4, F-8, K)
2. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB, R) 
3. Jesse Hodges, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, 5-3, 1B, R)
4. Jose Dore, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 2B, K)
5. Garrett Schlecht, DH #2: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)
6. Francisco Sanchez, 2B: 0-2 (HBP, 1-3, K, RBI)
7. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 1-3 (1B, L-8, P-6, RBI)
8a. Roberto Caro, LF: 0-2 (4-3, F-8)
8b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-0 (BB)
9. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-3 (5-3, 1-3, 3-U)
10. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-2 (K, 4-3)

1. Trey Lang: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 46 pitches (26 strikes), 6/1 GO/FO 
2. Corbin Hoffner: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 9 R, (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, 44 pitches (27 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
3. Daniel Adrian: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 40 pitches (25 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

1. 3B Jose Dore - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. 3B Jose Dore - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely - eventually scored unearned run)

Wilfredo Petit: 0-2 CS, 1 PB


1. Reggie Golden, CF: 0-2 (E-3, BB, P-3, PO)
2. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-3 (K, 6-4 FC, K)
3. Yasiel Balaguert, LF: 0-3 (K, 3-1, P-6)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-3 (F-8, K, F-7)
5. Xavier Batista, RF: 0-3 (P-2, K, K)
6. Dong-Yub Kim, DH: 0-2 (BB, 5-3, 6-3)
7. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-2 (6-4 FC, F-8)
8a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-1 (1-3)
8b. Brad Zapenas, PH-SS: 1-1 (1B)
9. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)

1. Guillermo Moscoso: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 PO, 46 pitches (38 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO 
2. Mike Hamann: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 42 pitches (30 strikes), 4/1 GO/GO


Neftali Rosario: 0-1 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's


Comments away runs in the 5th.


0.1 ip night for p.humber (HOU)...8 runs (8 hits + 1bb) after recording that 1st out...yow.

Hak-ju Lee with a torn knee ligament. Dude was scorching, too.


his glove and using his speed to turn his weak contact into hits is a huge chunk of his game...well, he's got a decent eye for balls/strikes, too.

still, his speed makes up a good chunk of his hitting game.

tim beckham must be doing backflips of happiness right now.

billybucks had a post in another thread that expressed extreme disgust with the TheoCorp era already, and it got me thinking - WHAT IF TheoCorp ends up a failure? I think the implications are pretty staggering. The Cubs last winning season was 2009. If the Epstein era results in no winning season, that would put us I guess to 2016, which means a kid who started watching baseball in Chicago at 7 years old will be 14 when Theo leaves, assuming the entire contract is fulfilled. An 8 year old will be 15, and so on. This means that the team will lose a big chunk of potential followers, because kids are influenced in who they watch by winning teams, pretty much. The Cubs have been something of an exception to this in the past but we live in a more transient society than we did when the Cubs popularity was boosted by Harry Caray and the whole WGN superstation thing, whose impact now is pretty much minimal. As much as I like Len, he's no Harry Caray in terms of adding mystique and character to the broadcasts. If the White Sox consistently field contenders, the Cubs could be in serious trouble.

The Ricketts purchased the Cubs in a very heavily leveraged way. It's not as bad as the Tribune ownership under Zell, but it's a serious situation if they lose their fan base.

Overall, I'm not overwhelmed by the new "Cubs Way". But it doesn't matter, really. Ricketts has a helluva lot more riding on this than I do. Basically, he's staked his family's entire investment in Theo. No pressure, or anything Theo, but, umm, not a good start to the year.

What happens? The same thing that has happened for the past 100+. My father and grandfather, but Cub fans, have never seen the Cubs win a championship. My grandfather is now retired in Texas, still watching the Cubs lose year in and year out. I think the better bet is actually that nothing does change. I do appreciate what the Cubs are trying to do, but hope has left me with VD and a sawbuck on the nightstand.

The Cubs may lose fans, but that track record is pretty good. Anyway, ticket sales sure haven't helped the actual product on the field. Personally, I'm counting on apes-typing-out-shakespeare. I'm 33 and figured it just has to happen at some point before I die. Of course you older guys and my grandfather may have thought the same thing at my age. Hope and change my ass, Obama!

To all the sexy ladies, I don't actually have VD. No seriously. Really.

"hope has left me with VD and a sawbuck on the nightstand."

That was just beautiful! In more ways than I can count.

I agree about the risk to the fan base -- lots of empty seats last August and September, and I assume that will be the case this year as well. I think those who grew up or followed the team in the Kerry Wood era came to expect playoffs or near-playoffs on a somewhat regular basis: 1998, then 2003, 2004 (oh so close), 2007, 2008. People have (or had) expectations that a big market team that drew 3 million fans per year (without a JumboTron) should be competitive, or at least should not be awful for long stretches of time. There is more and more coverage of the negative aspects of Wrigley, which are much more noticeable when the team stinks. My 16-year old son, who lives and dies wth the team, lost interest last year in the late summer. The Theo experiment is a huge gamble -- as I said in my other post, he has never done this before. Few people have. I'm sure he's a smart guy, but he's taking a high-risk approach -- putting the entire future on very young players and foreign players, who may have a lot of upside but are years away from the majors. We have seen many heralded young players not pan out -- Felix Pie was going to be "the Michael Jordan of baseball." The Lovable Losers tag won't work any more -- not with these ticket prices. I hope Theo's plan works, but it feels like this season could get very ugly very quickly (see "Bullpen issues") -- back-to-back 100 loss seasons will disgust a lot of folks, no matter how well the kids do in "A" ball.

i remember getting walk-up tickets for 4 people in 1998 (June 1st - Monday, day game vs FLA) before "baseball fever" and the HR chase gripped the team. they were really good seats behind 3rd base (field box level). 25,500K attendance according to the box score. sosa hit HR #14 and #15 that day. mark grace had 2 hits and a walk...o'henry hit a HR. the cubs chased r.dempster out of the game after 1.1ip (i forgot he was the starter that day, lulz).

those days were gone about a month or two later for quite a many years.

Felix Pie was going to be "the Michael Jordan of baseball."

Felix Pie's Mom coin that term?

Wasn't Michael Jordan the Michael Jordan of baseball? In that regard, yes Pie was about as good.


Several Cubs minor leaguers released duiring Minor League Camp have surfaced elsewhere:

Jason Berken, RHP (CHW - AAA)
Michael Brenly, C (AZ - EXST)
Jay Jackson, RHP (MIA - EXST)
Arturo Maltos-Garcia, RHP (SF - EXST) 

Eliecer Bonne, OF (Normal - Frontier League)
Evan Crawford, OF (River City - Frontier League)
Ryan Hartman, RHP (Gateway - Frontier League)
Hayden Simpson, RHP (Southern Illinois - Frontier League)
Matt Spencer, 1B (Bridgeport - Atlantic League)
Scott Weismann, RHP (Evansville - Frontier League)
Dontrelle Willis, LHP (Long Island - Atlantic League)
Joe Zeller, RHP (Frontier Greys - Frontier League)


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  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.

  • Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.

  • *flips table*


  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester out for the 8th. Down 1-0, at 100 pitches, seemed better to give a very fresh bullpen a little work.

    Oh well...Throw away game, although in a 5 game series there is no luxury afforded to do that.

  • This game is not on Lester - he did his job

  • Had a lot of hope hanging on that deep Fowler fly in the sixth.

    Really despise the Cards

  • aside from one swing, this 1-0 game feels like a blow out. Still nice to know one swing can change everything.

    We need Rizzo and Bryant to show up.

  • schwarb leadoff bunt single...lulz.

  • thanks. it was odd. supposedly the dodgers had him signed earlier in the year, then a lot of nothing, then the giants thing a few days ago, then the cubs get him for a bargain. i'll take it.

  • Umps strikezone is awful. Giving Lackey a good 6 inches off the plate.

  • Apparently it was greedy agents who kept pushing the envelope and teams backed away. He then fired his agents and by that time the landscape had changed. The July push had passed and teams were willing to be patient.

    As far as what happened to the Giants' deal, I don't know. But perhaps he looked at the two rosters and realized the Cubs had the better chance of winning going forward. Maybe the Cubs swooped in and gave him $500,000 more and he bit. I don't know. What I do know is he signed the day after the Cubs won the wildcard game rather impressively...

  • That's great to hear AZ Phil. If anyone should know, it'd be you. You've witnessed the transformation first-hand on a daily basis!! Thanks for passing that along and confirming what has seemed quite evident from afar!

  • Lester didn't have much movement there in inning one. Doubt the long break between starts helped him. Rizzo popping out way too often the last 6 weeks. 22 pitches for Lackey through 2.

    Tough start.

  • For Quintin to be in the team (should they get past the Cards) maybe a pitcher gets the axe.