Cubs and Giants Split a Pair at Indian School Park

Kevin Encarnacion led-off the game with a double and scored on a Justin Marra triple to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, Dong-Yub Kim and Xavier Batista stroked back-to-back doubles to plate one run in the 5th and then Encarnacion drove-home Batista with a two-out RBI single for the Cubs second run of the inning, and Jacob Rogers doubled and scored on a Jesse Hodges RBI single in the 6th, as one squad of Cubs defeated one squad of Giants 4-2 on Field #1, and Fernando Pujadas singled twice, doubled, and scored a run, Rando Moreno tripled and singled and drove-in two runs, and Luis Pino and four relievers combined to toss a three-hit shutout, as the other squad of Giants blanked the other squad of Cubs 4-0 on Field #2, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader played this morning at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.

Ex-Cubs minor league RHRP Arturo Maltos-Garcia threw a 1-2-3 9th inning (F-8, K, P-2) for the Giants on Field #1. Maltos-Garcia and Austin Urban were JUCO pitchers selected by the Cubs in the 2011 draft who were given "over-slot" bonuses to sign, but who subsequently missed considerable time rehabbing from injuries (Maltos-Garcia from June 2011 TJS and Urban from 2011 back surgery). Both pitchers were unceremoniously released by the Cubs after throwing just one "live" BP session at Minor League Camp in March, and now both have signed with other MLB organizations (Maltos-Garcia with SF, and Urban with BAL).  

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


1. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 2-5 (2B, F-8, 1B, E-3, P-2, R, RBI, SB) 
2. Justin Marra, C: 2-4 (3B, F-8, 4-3, 1B, RBI)
3. Rony Rodriguez, DH: 0-4 (5-U FC, F-7, P-6, F-8)
4. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-4 (K, 4-3, 2B, E-8, R)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-4 (L-9, F-7, 1B, K, RBI)
6. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-4 (6-3, F-7, 3B, K)
7a. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 1-3 (F-8, 2B, F-9, R)
7b. Jose Dore, LF: 0-1 (K)
8. Xavier Batista, RF: 1-4 (5-3, 2B, K, F-8)
9. Francisco Sanchez, SS: 0-4 (6-3, 6-3, K, K)

1. Loiger Padron: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 58 pitches (37 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
2. Daury Torrez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 34 pitches (26 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
3. Corbin Hoffner: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 18 pitches (11 strikes), 1/5 GO/FO  
4. Hunter Ackerman: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 14 pitches (8 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO

SS Francisco Sanchez - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

Justin Marra: 0-3 CS 


1. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-4 (F-8, 3-1, P-6, 6-3)
2. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-4 (K, K, 6-3, K)
3. Yasiel Balaguert, DH #1: 1-4 (4-3, 3-U, 2B, 4-3)
4. Reggie Golden, LF: 1-3 (BB, E-6, 1B, F-8, SB)
5. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-3 (F-7, 3-6 DP, P-6, BB)
6. Brad Zapenas, 2B:  1-3 (1B, BB, P-4, F-8, SB)
7. Trevor Gretzky, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, F-8)
8. Lance Rymel, C: 0-3 (5-4 FC, K, P-6)
9. Mark Malave, 3B: 0-2 (F-7, BB, 6-3)
10b. Erick Castillo, DH #2: 0-1 (4-3)

1. Alexander Santana: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 66 pitches (41 strikes), 2/4 GO/FO
NOTE: Top of the 3rd inning was stopped with two outs when Santana reached his pre-planned max pitch limit for the game
2. Tyler Bremer: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 24 pitches (16 strikes), 3/2 GO/FO
3. Jasvir Rakkar: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 41 pitches (27 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO 
4. Chad Martin: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 30 pitches (19 strikes), 5/0 GO/FO


Lance Rymel: 0-2 CS


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's



i wonder how long until i.stewart asks to be traded...if for no other reason than to get ABs on someone else's AAA team

yet another day he didn't a PH appearance, 0-1.

also, josh vitters continues to be unimpressive, 0-4.

b.bogusevic continues to make a joke of AAA...1-2 (HR) with 3bb...(.370/.475 avg/ob%)

cubs load the bases with 0 one scores.


wow...that rizzo K in the 8th was a swing even sammy sosa would rag on.

Baez has picked it up lately, hits in 13 of his last 14 games..something like 19/56 with 3 BB and 9 K over that span.

Nice start for Almora -- 3-4 with a double for Kane County.

broken link...probably cuz MLB protects their rights on the innerweb on a scale music + film industries should be jealous of.

click this...

refresh for different lulz.

link is fine

So I haven't commented much lately, and I don't want to be that guy, but is this site now exclusively dedicated to Extended Spring Training? I absolutely love everything AZ Phil brings to the table, but could we maybe get a few posts about the big league squad?

I still love TCR, please don't hate me.

official Cubs MLB squad post for april/may - everyone sucks except for the starting pitching (sans e.jackson) and when a.rizzo isn't on a no-hit, major-K streak

save to cut/paste for june-september

It's definitely hard to get excited about this team. When they suck like this it feels like a huge part of my summer is just completely missing, so I want to come here and get a little bit of a Cubs fix, but lately it's 100% split squad games at Fitch Park. I can't stand any of the major newspapers' coverage, and I really don't like BCB or any of the other Cubs blogs. I guess I just miss the good old days with 200+ comment threads, even if 90% of it was just The Real Neal arguing with himself.

The people demand more free entertainment, Rob G!

all kidding aside, this team really has been running on a single bright spot (the starting rotation) and rizzo pounding the ball hard when he's not slumping (and his extension)

welly's doing as expected (though a few more homers/doubles would be nice)...valbuena is helping people forget about i.stewart, though he's not doing anything extraordinary...kevin gregg has been a nice surprise as the new closer...castro is being castro, though a few more walks or hits would be nice since he's performing slightly below expectations...

things are just kinda "wheel spinning" and playing out as expected with few high spots or extreme low spots. it would be nice to see s.baker take the mound some time, though.

I imagine that things will pick up a bit with the draft, promotions, and trades. It seems that most of the remaining posters are on board with the rebuilding process so the discussions have been slim.

I actually enjoy this team much more than last years squad. My twtw(the will to watch) is up 25%-30% from last year. If it wasn't for the shit bullpen, this team would be totally average! If they could dump E. Jax and his entire salary and replace him with one of the college arms, then we are on to something. Make a trade for Price, which I don't see happening, and you've got yourself a fantastic rotation.

Wood II
College guy

I still love TCR, please don't hate me.
Garbage song, I Hate Love.

I'm not sure how to get very angry with all the bad baseball anymore. Too many years of ineptitude and suckage. I think Sveum is pushing all the wrong buttons so far this year but he's not having a worse year than the team in general or at least he's not having a good managerial season. Tuesday he goes to a bullpen of Rondon, Russell, The Cubs "Big Toe" Shawn Camp and produce a 5 run 6th which ruins a fine start from Garza. Wednesday Sveum doesn't have to think much about the pitching but can't get his offense off the toilet. Today EJax does his typical thing and would have gone 5-6 mediocre IP except for the rain and then the bullpen has a rare good day of Dolis, Villaneuva, Marmol, Fuji pitch 5 scoreless innings. If he could only mix and match a bit better the Cubs could be watchable (but I'm only asking for 1-2 decent games out of 3 at this point). So how is the 2014 draft shaping up? ...and yes, the next big thing will be the 2013 draft followed by the trading deadline.

welly gets his 2nd walk of the season in his 141st PA.

Now pitching for the Pirates --- Jose Contreras?!

scrubbies lose...18-28

as an aside...though jim d. hasn't been awful in the booth, it's a bit disappointing he didn't/doesn't do the amount of "homework" getting to know the team or critiquing things being done like bob did.

so far, when i hear jim d. calling a game it feels like he's a national "game of the week" generic type announcer that doesn't know the team well.

he's a full-on 100% replacement for "bad joke bob" type humor, though.

Also seems to be a lot of dead air time -- he and Len don't tseem to be in sync yet.

Almora goes 4-7 in yesterday's 14-inning Kane County loss, dropping his average to .636.

FG article from yesterday about the overwhelming underperformance of the 2013 Cubs. If I understand their 'Clutch' stat correctly, then the Cubs this year are 40% less clutch than the 29th-most clutch team in baseball.

Let's hear some examples. It's a bit of a reach to suggest that you know he's not doing his homework without providing specifics.

I haven't been able to watch many games (and there is some apathy involved, too), but he's been fine as far as I'm concerned.

i'm just used to bob knowing a lot more about the team...noticing when someone is off their swing or a pitch and recalling when he's been better...comparative analysis of what was done in the past vs what's going on now. it's not like i pine for the days of bob vs aram...because that got old, but bob really dug down in his analysis of players without getting preachy or doing "i'm steve stone and here's how he could be perfect" type analysis.

bob also seemed to not only know who was in the minors, but how they were doing down there beyond the numbers and would talk about them.

jim d. is still getting to know the team and all, but a lot of game calling feels like he's calling a Fox or ESPN "game of the week" from a disconnected point of view.

i'm not ready to "turn" on him...he may need some more time to actually get used to the team and he's comfortable behind the mic. i just feel like he's not "connected" to the team yet.

If you love Bob so much why don't you marry him!?!?!?



*slams bedroom door*

Glad the love wasn't directed toward Gracie. Slumpbuster or jail bait.

Give jd a few years and put one of his kids in the Cubs system, then compare them.

I didn't get that from the game last night, but to each their own. You said he's not doing his homework. He's also new to the job...if you recall, Brenly got a lot of heat his first year for not being analytical enough/holding back on opinions. Give JD some time.

yeah, i'm giving him time to come around. out of all the candidates i was 100% behind a far margin.

i just miss what bob spoiled us with.

bob hangs out at the extended spring training fields talking about kids coming up in AZ's system...not just the AAA/AA or rehab guys. dude just immerses himself in the game. he's slid right back into AZ's booth proper.

i have full faith that JD will come around and become more familiar with the team.

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