Brewers Rally Late to Edge Cubs at Fitch Park

Tyler Roberts blasted a solo HR over the LF fence and onto 8th Street to ignite a two-run 9th inning, as the Brewers scored two in the 8th and two in the 9th to overcome a 3-0 deficit and edge the Cubs 4-3 in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa. 

The game was scoreless through the first 4-1/2 innings, before the Cubs plated two runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 2-0  lead. Jeimer Candelario ripped a lead-off triple down the RF line and scored the Cubs first run on a Yasiel Balaguert RBI GO, and then after Shawon Dunston Jr and Kelvin Freeman reached base on one-out singles (super drag bunt hit by Dunston), Wilfredo Petit drove-in Dunston with a two-out RBI single. 

The Cubs scored again in the bottom of the 7th. Balaguert led-off the inning with a line-drive double into the LF corner, and after moving up to 3rd base on a Trey Martin line single to left, scored the Cubs third and final run of the day on a Ben Carhart RBI GO.

The Cubs did threaten to score again in the bottom of the 8th, as Mark Malave and Danny Lockhart singled with no outs and moved-up to 2nd & 3rd on a sacrifice bunt, but Malave was thrown-out at the plate (2-1) while trying to score from 3rd on a WP, and Jesse Hodges flied out to deep right to end the inning.  

Four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts through the first seven innings (the one hit being a broken bat single), but then the Brewer offense woke up as the Cub bullpen imploded. Trey Lang surrendered two runs on three walks and a single in a 32-pitch 8th (Lang had major control issues, throwing just 12 strikes), and lefty reliever Sam Wilson gave up the game-tying Roberts HR on an 0-1 pitch leading off the 9th and then allowed the go-ahead run to score when he threw a two-out WP (and forgot to cover home) after the Brew Crew loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. 


This was the first 2013 AZIL game for the Cubs, but it was the 8th game for the Brewers. (The Cubs started Instructs later than usual this year).  

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):

CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-1 (BB, K)
1b. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
2a. Kevin Encarnacion, CF: 0-2 (3-6-3 DP, 3-1)
2b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (K, 3-U SH)
3a. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 1-2 (K, 3B, R)
3b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-2 (6-3, F-9)
4a. Yasiel Balaguert, RF: 1-3 (L-9, 5-3, 2B, R, RBI)
4b. Jose Dore, RF: 0-1 (K)
5a. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R)
5b. Trey Martin, LF: 1-2 (1B, K)
6a. Kelvin Freeman, 1B: 1-2 (6-4-3 DP, 1B)
6b. Ben Carhart, 1B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
7a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 0-2 (5-3, F-8)
7b. Frandy de la Rosa, SS: 0-2 (K, K)
8a. Wilfredo Petit, C: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, RBI)
8b. Erick Castillo, C: 0-0 (BB)
9. Charcer Burks, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, 3-U, CS)
10. Mark Malave, DH #2: 1-2 (3-1, BB, 1B)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Jose Arias: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/4 GO/FO, 25 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Trevor Clifton: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (18 strikes)
3. Dillon Maples: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Johermyn Chavez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 20 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Trey Lang: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 32 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Sam Wilson: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 28 pitches (17 strikes)
NOTE: Top of the 9th inning was stopped with two outs when Wilson reached his pre-planned max pitch limit

CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Carlos Penalver - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wilfredo Petit: 0-1 CS, 1 PO
2. Erick Castillo: 0-5 CS

ATTENDANCE: 24 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's  


 

Comments

Az Phil: Obviously Arias, Clifton and Maples pitched well. Any comments on how they actually looked?

P.S. ...and I'm sure I'm speaking for many, it's really great to read your AZ Instructs writeups once again!

Twins lose, Cubs lose...2 left and still tied.

rays, Indians now tied for AL wild card...rangers one back.

http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/joe-girardi-x-facto...

"The Cubs don’t know if they can land Girardi, who is about to become a free agent in what looks like a potentially interesting field of candidates."

yeah, i can think about 1/2 dozen+ other FAs they should be looking at before thinking about the manager slot and throwing $3+ million at the vacancy...or 2m...or even 1m...

Wait, Crunch thinks managers are unimportant and overpaid? And just when you think you have seen everything...

Bruce Levine bombshell. He ends his "Talking Baseball" show saying it's his last show on ESPN1000. The show started 22 years ago and has run weekly for all that time. He says it's not a retirement, so apparently he's leaving the station. Gives thanks to the litany of co-hosts, producers and friends.

Sorry to see the weekly show go away. Leaves XM radio as the only other off-season radio baseball outlet. He will remain in the twitterverse for now but didn't announce future plans beyond that.

new twitter address...
Bruce [email protected]

Lame. Bad Chicago sports radio just got way worse.

Maybe 30 years old is a youth movement for Brian Sabean? Pence gets 5/90 extension.

if pence is worth that much loot, i can't imagine what choo is going to get.

also, why pay the extra millions for a guy that part of his price-package includes a great RF'r arm when 1/2 his games are going to be played in a short RF?

...sabean...18m for pence...unreal. if i had to guess how much he would be worth on the open market i would have been surprised to see him snag more than 14-15m over 3-5 years at most...5/90...wow.

this game is killing my will to live.

j/k...not really...kinda...sorta...whatever.

rays lost...tex won...cle won

91-70 cle
90-71 tb/tex

...evidently CLE is in (according to STL announcers) no matter what, so TB/TEX games matter tomorrow.

rizzo solo HR in the top 9th breaks the shutout shitfest...4th hit of the game for the cubs

Barney with the amazing double play at bat to end the game. Woo! Unexpected! Why did he bat in that situation . . . Musta been no one on the bench?

I had a dream, seriously, that Barney was traded for Yasiel Puig.

That's the universe where I'm going out with Scarlett Johansson, isn't it?

"Edwin Jackson left Saturday's start against the Cardinals with mild lat discomfort."

...to add injury to the insult of his 2.2ip of 6er ball.

4.98 era 1.46 whip to finish up the year.

Andy Pettitte goes out a hero...CG win over the Astros.

another day, another Twins and Cubs loss...one game to go and they remained tie. Cubs loss or Twins loss gives Cubs 4th spot in draft.

Cubs loss or Twins win, right?

yes...itchy trigger finger

A lot of that these days.

your rooting interests for tomorrow are Twins, Rays and Rangers...would give us a 3-way tie for the AL Wild Card.

Sounds like a Red Sox wet dream. Whoever survives the gauntlet will barely have any useable pitching for the first couple games at Fenway.

i like deadspin, but i wish they'd quit doing shit like this...

"Terry Pendleton Roughed Up Chris Johnson For Sliding Into First Base"

too often they declare something based on assumption and pass it off as 100% defacto truth.

nevermind the fact he threw his helmet and had it bounce around in the dugout hitting pendleton with it...it's gotta be the slide. yeah, that's it.

i think I was saying something about the Bears defense not being able to stop anyone...ugh.

also Jay Cutler...ugh.

I don't think this loss tells any more of a story than the wins, but it certainly highlights the problems this team had even in the wins. I think the offensive line got too much credit because of the emphasis on short passing. Cutler is stil getting a ton of pressure and there still isn't great blocking in the run game. The defense certainly can't stop the passing game without tons of blitzes, which is a big problem in the end.

I'm not sure why there wasn't more of the passing to Forte in this game because that has been one of the best things I've seen different on offense so far this season.

All this said, it's a completely new system that has been described as very complicated with two new o-linemen in a very loud, hostile environment so I think some struggles are acceptable. Defense though is going to be a problem for us though.

I couldn't see the game out here but I'm it looked again like the other team was moving the ball pretty much at will? Looking at the gamecast on espn I kept seeing this:

Detroit:
------------------>--->TD!
Bears:
---->TURNOVER
Detroit:
------------------>--->TD!

in the first half. Dejected was I.

Good to see Alshon Jeffery have a game and it sounds like he was open on an interception. Guess we had the bad Jay yesterday.

"Bears Believe Former Teammate Gave Lions Their Defensive Calls"

http://deadspin.com/bears-believe-former-teammate-gave-lions-their-defen...

so were the Bears too stupid to change the calls or did Idonije tip Stafford and the Lions off on what to look for pre-snap or during substitutions?

I hope the latter for the Bears sake.

The misery that was 2013 is over. Final/Sweep in StL 4-0

66-96

Twins are losing 5-1 to the Tribe, top 9th. So the Cubs should get the 4th draft pick via their tie-breaker edge

Michael Bourne pulls up lame trying to steal 2nd in the 9th. Hamstring (or maybe just a cramp).

Soto with a big 2 out double to drive in a run for the Rangers in the bottom of the 6th to take a 3-2 lead over the Angels. Both Rays and Indians already won today. Rangers trying to hang . . .

Geo Soto doubles in the bottom 6th to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead over the Angels.
Tribe win 5-1. Rays won 7-6

Rangers win leads to this:

If, Tribe, Texas and Rays all win.

--Cleveland is the first Wild Card and would host the Wild Card Game on Wednesday
--Texas and Tampa Bay would play a one-game tiebreaker on Monday in Arlington at 7:07 p.m. CT with the winner being the second Wild Card.

Ranger loss means the Indians host the Rays on Wednesday in the Wildcard game.

Cubs lose, 4th place pick it is....congrats?

I'm sure this has been explained . . . If so sorry . . . But what is determining factor in tiebreaker between Cubs and Twins? Thanks.

2012, the gift that keeps on giving:

First tie-breaker is previous year’s record

Cubs lost 101 games in 2012. Twins lost 96 in 2012.

StL gets the top seed and play the winner of the Pirates/Reds wild card game. All in the division, hmmm.

Dodgers vs Braves should be fun.

Way to get no-hit heading into the postseason, Detroit. I think they're 1-and-done.

maybe, but feels like a 5-game series...A's pitching seems weak to me..

Scherzer vs. Colon in Game 1

don't know rest of rotation but Sanchez, Verlander, Fister vs Parker, Gray and Griffin.

They've never played Oakland well, and they've been terrible since Miggy got gimpy. I just don't see it. It's a strange game, but the smart $ has to follow Oakland now.

i dunno what's more pathetic...DET getting no-hit by MIA...or a wild pitch with 2 outs in the 9th leading to the sole run for MIA to win the no-hitter.

m.rivera didn't pitch today...14 innings @HOU...yanks took a 4 run lead in the top 14th. d.robertson closed out the non-save game.

he finishes his career @home (9/26).

2.21/1.00 era/whip - 652 saves

...not counting his 1st season (where he was used as a starter for 10 of 19 games) he only had an ERA over 3.00 once (3.15, 2007, 37 years old). hell, he only had an ERA of 2.35+ three times in his non-starting career over 18 years. his highest WHIP in any of those seasons was 1.19 (1997) and he only had a 1.10+ WHIP in 2 of his 18 non-starting years. crazy good.

about the only thing to ask at this point is...can craig kimbrel or kenley jansen stay healthy and effective for the next 15-ish years?

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    Daniel Spingola, left/left, mostly RF, 31st rounder last June.

  • So while I'm not happy about this pick and hes going to be a project the positive that can be said is we aren't expected to compete this year and we have a decent LB core so he doesn't have to just go in and dominate. He has some time to develop and he obviously has the athletic ability and speed to build on. It

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  • And then the Bears pick an undersized linebacker with very few sacks in his college career and very little ability to shed blocks and the draft becomes less of a joy.

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  • Tim Federowicz is out of minor league options, so Outright Assignment Waivers would be needed before he can be sent back to Iowa. He also has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, but he probably wouldn't elect to be a FA if outrighted unless the Cubs shit on him somehow while he's up with the big club (not likely). 

    But it is possible that another MLB club could claim Federowicz if the Cubs place him on waivers, which would leave Willson Contreras as pretty much the only other option if a catcher goes on the DL again later in the season. 

  • CRAIG: D. J. Wilson is hitting 083/115/167 in six Cactus League EXST games (26 PA), but his K-rate is only 11.5% and he has somehow managed to drive-in five runs along the way (he's tied for second on the team in RBI), so it's not like he's swinging & missing a lot. He does seem to be feeling for the ball a bit, however, which has resulted in too much weak contact and not enough line drives.  

  • Bryant sprained ankle MRI tomorrow

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