Cubs Whitewash Dodgers at Fitch Park

Four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the Cubs blanked the Dodgers 2-0 in AZ Instructional League action this aftenoon at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa.

Both Daury Torrez and Jose Rosario threw three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts, but Rosario was especially effective, retiring nine of the ten men he faced (allowing no hits and one walk as he recorded the rare three-inning save).  

Dodgers pitchers were just about as good, as starter James Campbell and four relievers combined to allow just three singles and one walk. Both of the Cub runs were unearned, thanks to four Dodger errors. 

The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by Cubs CF Rashad Crawford, who raced at full speed into the right-center alley before making an inning-ending diving catch in front of the warning track, robbing Adam Law of an extra-base hit.

Ben Carhart made his AZIL game debut at catcher, and he handled himself fairly well, although he did allow a Passed Ball during his five innings behind the plate.  

RHP Arodys Vizcaino (60-day DL - 2011 TJS rehab) threw a 45-pitch three-inning "sim" game on Field #3 this morning prior to the Cubs-Dodgers AZIL game, and he looked good. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-3 (5-3, P-4, F-7)
2. Jacob Hannemann, DH #1: 1-3 (F-7, 5-3, 1B)
3. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, 3-U, 4-3)
4. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 1-2 (1B, BB, 5-3, R, SB)
5. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-3 (E-6, 1B, K)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-3 (L-4, 4-3, 4-3, RBI)
7. Cael Brockmeyer, 1B: 0-3 (5-4-3 DP, F-9, P-4)
8a. Ben Carhart, C: 0-2 (F-8, K)
8b. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (4-3)
9. Tyler Alamo, DH #2: 0-3 (E-6, K, 4-3, R)
10. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-3 (E-1, 4-3, 4-3)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Duane Underwood: 2.0 IP, 2 H. 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 37 pitches (17 strikes)  
2. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Daury Torrez: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Jose Rosario: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GO/FO, 44 pitches (25 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ben Carhart: 1 PB
2. Alberto Mineo: 0-1 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 14

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 70's  

Comments

minor league transactions...from BA

Chicago Cubs
Signed: RHP Marcus Hatley (re-signed), 2B Edgar Gonzalez (re-signed), OF Jonathan Mota (re-signed)
Removed from 40-man: RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Trey McNutt, RHP Zach Putnam, C J.C. Boscan, OF Darnell McDonald, OF Thomas Neal (all players outrighted to Triple-A)

btw, jc boscan has elected to become a FA.

...also of note, TOR removed r.romero from their 40-man...he's owed $15m over the next 2 seasons with a 600K buyout in 2016...mad fail.

The six Cubs outrighted to the minors this week:

1. Trey McNutt: Does NOT have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted (he has not been outrighted prevously in his career, he has not accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time, and he is not eligible for Salary Arbitration as a "Super Two"), and he cannot be a Rule 55 minor league FA (so-called "six-year minor league free-agent") until post-2015, but he will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft this year and in December 2014 unless he is added back an MLB 40-man roster in the meantime,

2-3-4. Rafael Dolis, Thomas Neal, and Zach Putnam: Do NOT have the right elect free-agency if outrighted, but all three will automatically be declared Rule 55 minor league free-agents at 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series, unless the player signs a 2014 minor league successor contract between now & then, in which case the player would be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft.

5. J. C. Boscan: Was eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted per Article XX-D of the CBA (which he did) because he had been outrighted previously in his career. He can now sign a 2014 major league or minor league with any club, including the Cubs.

6. Darnell McDonald: Like Boscan, McDonald can elect free-agency if outrighted per Article XX-D of the CBA (he has eight days to decide) because he has been outrighted previously in his career (he also has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time). If McDonald does not elect free-agency per Article XX-D, he would automatically be declared a Rule 55 minor league free-agent at 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series, unless he signs a 2014 minor league successor contract between now & then, in which case he would be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft.  

ARTICLE XX-D CUBS MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS POST-2013:
J. C. Boscan, C (elected 10/10)
Michael Bowden, RHP (elected 10/1)
Darnell McDonald, OF (player decision pending)  
Henry Rodriguez, RHP  (player decision pending)
Eduardo Sanchez, RHP (elected 10/1)

Marcus Hatley, Edgar Gonzalez, and Jonathon Mota are the first of the Cubs potential post-2013 Rule 55 minor league free-agents to sign 2014 minor league successor contracts. All three will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, however.  

Here are the other potential Cub post-2013 Rule 55 minor league FA. Note tha the player cannot be a FA if he is added to an MLB 40-man roster or if the player & club agree to a 2014 minor league successor contract prior to 5 PM on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series...  

POTENTIAL CUBS MLB RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS POST-2013:

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT
:
Jeffry Antigua, LHP
Kyler Burke, LHP
Alex Burnett, RHP
Yeiper Castillo, RHP
Jaye Chapman, RHP
Johermyn Chavez, RHP (ex-OF)
Rafael Dolis, RHP
Eduardo Figueroa, RHP
Cole Gillespie, OF
Marcos Mateo, RHP
Edwin Maysonet, INF
Thomas Neal, OF
Brad Nelson, 1B
Nate Samson, IF-OF
Tim Torres, IF-OF
Casey Weathers, RHP
Ty Wright, OF

SECOND-CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT
Michael de la Cruz, RHP (previously released by TEX)
Carlos Figueroa, INF (previously released by CHC)
Humberto Garcia, INF (previously released by CHW)
Nate Maldonado, C (previously released by CHC)
Yomar Pacheco, RHP (previously released by PIT)
Zach Putnam, RHP (previously non-tendered by CHC)
Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP (previously released by TB)
Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP (previously released by AZ)
Roberto Vahlis, C (previously released by TOR)

Thanks for the updates. With LA-STL-BOS-DET, any Cub news is welcome news.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 3 hours 16 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 3 hours 21 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 3 hours 38 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 3 hours 49 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 4 hours 14 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 4 hours 55 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 6 hours 7 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 6 hours 24 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 7 hours 13 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 12 hours 3 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 13 hours 17 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 13 hours 21 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 14 hours 39 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 21 hours 52 min ago view