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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  • 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.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.