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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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • 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.