Cubs Bats Wake Up & Decide to Whip Giants

Brad Zapenas (2012 shoulder surgery rehab) doubled, tripled, drove-in three runs, and scored two more, Jeffrey Baez ripped a two-run double, singled, walked twice, and scored a run, and Rashad Crawford hammered a bases-loaded three-run triple, leading one squad of Cubs to a 13-7 victory over one squad of Giants on Field #3 (formerly known as Field #2), and Rony Rodriguez belted a bases-loaded three-run double, singled, and scored a run, and Justin Marra laced a two-run double, walked, and scored twice, as the other squad of Cubs defeated the other squad of Giants 7-4 on Field #4 (formerly known as Field #3), in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played Tuesday morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.  

The game on Field #3 was called after five innings because the Giants and Cubs ran out of available pitchers (and also because it took about three hours to play the five innings and the Giants bus was ready to leave for Scottsdale).

Cubs 2010 2nd round pick Reggie Golden, who came into the game in an 0-20 skid and hitting just 045/276/091 (his only hit was a double on EXST Opening Day three weeks ago last Monday), belted an RBI double high off the CF Batter's Eye ("Green Monster") in the bottom of the 1st inning on Field #3. Golden missed most of the 2012 season after suffering two torn knee ligaments in a game at Peoria last April, and he has really struggled to get into any kind of a groove. Although he has been in a deep slump, he still somehow manages to draw a lot of walks (in fact he leads the team in BB). 

Two Cubs pitchers suffered injuries in the doubleheader. RHSP Erick Leal (who was sailing along with a one-hitter on Field #4) sustained what appeared to be a right ankle injury prior to the start of the 4th inning and was subsequently helped to a golf cart and driven to the clubhouse, and just a few minutes later RHRP Daniel Adrian landed awkwardly on his left leg while tagging out a runner trying to score from 3rd base on a WP on Field #3 (the runner was out, and it was a really nifty play by Adrian, too) and was on the ground for several minutes before being carried off the field and transported to the clubhouse via golf cart. Adrian's injury did not look too good.

In EXST Cubs roster news, 3B-1B Josh Vitters has completed his rehab assignment and has returned toi the Iowa Cubs. He looked really good out here, hitting 444/636/444 with two doubles in 12 PA. He also made a super diving catch on the third-base line to save a double. Vitters was on the I-Cubs DL with a back problem, and before that he missed most of MLB Spring Training nursing a strained quad.

Ex-Oakland A's RHSP Guillermo Moscoso (claimed off waivers from Tornoto last month and then outrighted to the minors) has also been moved up to Iowa. He gave up five hits, did not allow a run, and struck out eight with no walks (and threw 76% strikes) in two Cactus League Extended Spring Training games (6.0 IP), and he struck out ten (with no walks) over five innings in an intrasquad game played at Fitch Park last Thursday (where he was stretched-out to 74 pitches, in what turned out to be his last EXST game outing). 

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


1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 1-4 (3-U, 3B, K, F-7, 3 RBI)
2. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 2-2 (1B+E5, BB, BB, 2B, R, 2 RBI)
3a. Reggie Golden, LF: 1-2 (2B, BB, 4-3, R, RBI)
3b. Yasiel Balaguert, PH: 0-1 (1-3)
4. Carlos Escobar, DH #1: 0-3 (K, K, K)
5. David Bote, SS-DH: 1-3 (1B, L-7, K, R)
6. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 4-3, 1B, R, RBI)
7. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, K, 2 R)
8. Brad Zapenas, 2B: 2-3 (3B, 2B, 4-6 FC, 2 R, 3 RBI, CS)
9. Erick Castillo, C: 1-1 (1B, BB, HBP, 2 R, RBI)
10a. Lance Rymel, DH #2: 1-1 (1B, R)
10b. Frandy de la Rosa, PH-SS: 1-2 (1B, K, 2 RBI)
11a. Roberto Caro, DH #3: 0-0 (BB, BB, R)
11b. Alberto Mineo, PH: 1-1 (1B, R)

1. Paul Blackburn: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 50 pitches (34 strikes), 6/1 GO/FO
2. Daniel Adrian: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (6 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of 4th inning was stopped with two outs after Adrian suffered knee injury covering home plate on WP
3. Juan Francisco: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 42 pitches (19 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO

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

Carlos Escobar: 0-1 CS


1. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 1-4 (1B, F-9, K-DP, F-9, PO)
2. Justin Marra, C: 1-3 (3-U, 2B, BB, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-4 (F-9, 1B+E7, L-7, E-7)
4. Jose Dore, RF: 0-3 (3-U, K, BB, F-7, R)
5. Francisco Sanchez, SS: 0-2 (K, K, HBP, R)
6. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 0-3 (4-3, 4-3, K)
7. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 2-3 (K, 1B, 2B, R, 3 RBI, CS)
8. Bryant Flete, 2B: 1-3 (E-4, K+WP, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
9. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (1B, P-5, F-8, R)

1. Erick Leal: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 36 pitches (25 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
2. Dayan Diaz: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 23 pitches (14 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
3. Loiger Padron: 1.2 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 40 pitches (22 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of 7th inning was stopped with two outs when Padron reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the game

2B Bryant Flete - E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3B Jesse Hodges -E-5 (throwing error trying to double runner off 1st base after catching line drive allowed runner at 3rd to score unearned run)


WEATHER: Sunny and a bit breezy with tempratures in the 90's


It looks like the fight from the neighbors is going to be over the height of the hotel, perhaps.

Nobody should give a shit about the height of the hotel except that first ugly ass house on Addison with all the weird plastic religious shit and perhaps the first house on Patterson. There is a giant fucking stadium across the street already, who cares if they build a hotel. I'm afraid the neighborhood(Tunney) is going to protest every single fucking thing in this project, costing the Cubs valuable time and money. I lived 4 blocks from there for a decade and I wouldn't have given a shit if they built a 90 story building there. If it creates traffic, go around it or fucking walk.

well said. Nobody who lives in the neighborhood can complain about the effects of living there. Wrigley has been there longer than any of them, so they moved in knowing the possible fallout. Which is an apt comparison, since if I chose to move next door to a nuclear power plant, I can't complain if my kids come out with two heads.

Most likely just a ploy, but:

"I'm not sure how anyone is going to stop the signs in the outfield, but if it comes to the point that we don't have the ability to do what we need to do in our outfield then we're going to have to consider moving," Ricketts told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It's as simple as that."

I'd love to see the look on the faces of the people in Wrigleyville when they see their newly appraised real estate values of their buildings next to an empty, decaying ballpark. Ricketts sounds frustrated, for good reason.

it probably is a ploy, but i'd love to see them move.

the too-many day games, that OF wall, the lack of parking (and the revenue that brings), the horrible player facilities, etc...all these drawbacks for a field that pretty much only looks good superficially. it's a great place to watch a game...if i was a player i dunno how i'd feel about playing 80+ games there a year...especially when most every park you visit has a better visiting clubhouses + facilities compared to the home field clubhouse + facilities at wrigley.

i will give them props for greatly improving the drainage on the field years ago, though...that was long-overdue and it was done well.

Where are the pictures of the new urinals?

Looks like a candidate for the Darwin Awards

interesting lineup tonight...

DeJesus CF, Borbon LF, Valbuena 3B, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Schierholtz RF, Navarro C, Barney 2B, Feldman P

Castro drives in Borbon in the first. The result of Sveum's managerial genius, clearly.

playing MIA/SD back to back is such a tease to the W/L record.

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  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.