Cubs Drop One to Diamondbacks, Tie the Other

John Leonard belted an RBI triple, singled twice, and scored a run, and Carter Bell drilled a two-run double, as one squad of Diamondbacks defeated one squad of Cubs 5-2 on Field #3, while on Field #4, 16-year old Sergio Alcantara doubled, tripled, and scored a run and Michael Brenly singled, doubled, and scored two runs for the Diamondbacks, and Neftali Rosario singled, walked, scored a run, and knocked-in another for the Cubs, as the two squads played to a 4-4 tie, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader action this morning at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):


1. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-4 (K, F-9, L-1, K)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 2-3 (4-3, 1B, 1B, RBI)
3. David Bote, 2B: 0-2 (BB, 6-3, 1-3)
4. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
5a. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 0-2 (6-3, L-8)
5b. Roberto Caro, LF: 0-1 (K)
6. Brad Zapenas, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, E-4, 6-U FC, R)
7. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 6-3, RBI)
8. Alberto Mineo, DH: 0-2 (K, 1-3, BB)
9. Lance Rymel, C: 0-1 (BB, F-8, HBP, R, PO)

1. Duane Underwood: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 38 pitches (26 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO
2. Anthony Prieto: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 36 pitches (20 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of the 5th inning was stopped with two outs when Prieto reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the day
3. Carlos Martinez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2 GIDP, 32 pitches (17 strikes), 5/1 GO/FO 

SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (throwing error on FC allowed baserunner on 3rd base to score unearned run) 

Lance Rymel: 0-1 CS


1a. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 0-3 (K, L-6, K)
1b. Shawon Dunston Jr, PH: 0-1 (P-5)
2. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 0-1 (BB, HBP, K)
3. Jose Dore, 3B: 0-3 (K, K, K)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, R)
5. Francisco Sanchez, SS: 1-2 (BB, 1B, K, R) 
6. Neftali Rosario, C: 1-2 (1B, 5-3, BB, R, RBI)
7. Wilfredo Petit, 1B: 0-3 (6-4-3 DP, F-8, 3-U)
8. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (K, L-8, 1B, R, RBI)
9. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-1 (BB, 4-3, F-7 SF, RBI, PO) 

1. Trey Lang: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 52 pitches (30 striikes), 6/0 GO/FO
2. James Pugliese: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 39 pitches (25 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
3. Mike Hamann: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 26 pitches (18 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
4. Tyler Bremer: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 17 pitches (8 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO

1. P Trey Lang - E-1 (overthrow on attempted FC at 2nd base allowed baserunner to reach basse safely)
2. SS Francisco Sanchez - E-6 (throwing error at 1st base on infield single allowed runner at 3rd base to score unearned run)

Neftali Rosario; 1-1 CS


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



Padres getting Crunch'd by Feldman, striking out the side two innings in a row

Fun Rizzo fact: His BABIP is .222. If his BABIP was .280, his batting average would be .296. His BABIP last year was .311, and about .300 is league average.

Who the hell does he think he is? Dave Kingman?

i.stewart 0-4 tonight...4/44 (.091) with 1 double, 0bb

vitters got his 1st start, played LF, 0-3 1bb

The single plane experiment needs to end NOW.

feldman complete game win...114 pitches

9ip 3h 1bb 12k - 2er (both solo HR)

first CG, career high Ks

And down in Hades, the devil adds another signed contract to the "F" file.

Right between Jaimie Farr and Peter Frampton

Well played, sir, well played.

Paul Sullivan blocked me on Twitter (because I suggested he was miserable doing a job others would love). Not sure if I should be insulted or pleased.

Haha, tell him to get off his high horse


Kind of like hitting Castro lower in the order.

Omg three incredible defensive plays in a row by Castro and Rizzo in the 7th inning. Rizzo almost brained himself on the 2nd.

Incredible good?


Sleepaway Camp

Love the implosion! Travis Wood must be depressed with the game outcomes this year. He has turned into.a.nice asset for the club. Yet fucked over once again by the manager's decisions and a crap Ass reliever.

anyone find video of Beefy's "brain camp" that's filling up my twitter timeline? He seems to think he lost the game for the team.

welly made a comment after the game "I feel like I lost the game." on the passed ball.

the pitch missed it's target by a couple of feet, though...unless he was supposed to be set up high and outside rather than low and inside.

he did "screw up" by jogging after the ball to retrieve it rather than hustling after it after the passed ball, though. it's not shocking he missed the passed ball based on where he was set up to receive the pitch (unless he was crossed up on the sign), but it was weird how casual he was going after it. the runner took his cue to break for home based on the lack of hustle for the ball f'sure.

i just finished watching the game after a busy day/evening away from the world of was a game of killer cubs D followed by classic cubs lack of D late-inning piling on top of itself. the borbon catch at the wall...the rizzo catch...both some of the best of the year so far.

Tweets made it sound like Castillo was primarily apologizing for the lack of hustle when he retrieved the passed ball. There was an "I'm not that kind of player" comment that only makes sense to me in that context.

"I'm not that kind of player"

Except when he's on the base paths where he has "brain cramps" also.

I don't think managerial decisions played much into this loss. Rather some horrible luck on not very well hit balls and a poor decision by Castillo. Still I do believe you loved the implosion though. You must hate the good defense Castro has been playing.

"Love the implosion" was [sarcastic]. You mean Castro's 13th of 14th players NL Fielding percentage? Is that the "good defense" you mean? Or, the 5 errors? Yeah, he has made some spectacular, highlight plays - but still a below-average fielder for the most important position on the field. I wouldn't mind some consistency finally after three years of playing full-time.

It doesn't really matter this year - but it would be nice to see this.

I suppose that luck did have something to do with today's loss. But it seems like this year when Shawn Camp is in - bad things happen.

Ugh fielding % (and errors). It's like judging a hitter by RBIs or average. Everything I read and saw last year said he did improve quite a bit last year from subpar to average and a cursory look through fielding stats seems to support that. I didn't see the first part of this season when he committed his errors but since then his defense has looked average to good and his bat is picking up too, along with Rizzo, who people also started bashing because of a couple weeks of work.

I have no problem with his hitting. Especially for the age he is at. The kid can hit. Which covers up his defensive mediocrity. We will see in September where his defensive stats end up, but I really hope he can turn into a Gold Glove caliber fielder like Darwin Barney - who is steady as shitty weather in April. At the very least, I will take average on a consistent basis with a dramatic reduction in errors.

I don't think he's a mediocre fielder. He's improved his defense a lot, and has had to take his lumps in front of the camera, instead of down in the minors like most guys his age. Most of his bad plays are bone head plays and they seem to have mostly happened early in the year. He works well with Barney, too. That crazy flip Barney made to him with his mitt was well timed, and a mediocre fielder would have botched his part of it.

I presume folks won't be as angry about this one as the time Berkman faked getting hit?

Stewart to be activated from DL and optioned to Iowa.

Garza could be back as soon as May 17th-19th for series vs. Mets (just 3 rehab starts).

so says rotoworld...

Plane crash

According to the Kentucky Derby vet Paul Sullivan, Ian Stewart shut down his twitter account after complaining about AAA umps.

Yeah Ian, umps fault

For those who haven't already seen these, they are pretty cool.

very cool...

soriano Ks with the bases loaded, 3-2 count, and 1 out on a curve ball in the dirt that wasn't even in the strike zone before it started to break into the dirt.


...and why is sureholds hitting vs. marshall with harriston on the bench waiting?

...and a ground out.

cubs score -3- vs chapman in the 9th...and he's done.

bases loaded, 2 out, down by 1...drama.

...and it's up to 0-4, 2 DP on the day d.barney.

make that 0-5...reds win.

hell of an inning vs chapman, though.

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  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

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    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

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    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

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    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

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    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

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  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha

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    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

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