Burks Bases-Loaded Triple Sparks Cubs to Victory at Diablo Park

Charcer Burks belted a bases-loaded triple to ignite a four-run 2nd and later reached base on a walk and an HBP and scored two runs, and Adonis Paula went 3-3 with three singles and two runs scored, leading the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Angels in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.     


Ex-Cub Trevor Gretzky singled, doubled, walked, stole a base, scored a run, and collected two RBI for the Angels. It appears that Gretzky is now only playing 1B (he was shuttled back & forth between 1B and LF when he was with the Cubs).  

Four Cubs made their U. S. Cactus League EXST game debut today, including 6'5 19-year old Dominican RHP Luis Hernandez (three runs allowed on four hits and a walk plus two WP in 2.0 IP), 19-year old Venezuelan RHP Adbert Alzolay (a 1-2-3 nine-pitch 9th inning to get the save), 19-year old Dominican 3B Adonis Paula (the aforementioned three singles in three AB with two runs scored), and 21-year old Dominican RF Shamil Ubiera (0-2 with a walk and a run scored).

Paula and Ubiera have two years experience each in the DSL, while Hernandez and Alzolay made their pro debuts last season, Hernandez with the DSL Cubs, and Alzolay with the VSL Cubs. Ubiera's 17-year old brother Luis (also an outfielder) will make his pro debut with the DSL Cubs this season, after signing with the Cubs last November. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Elliot Soto, SS: 0-5 (5-3, 6-3, P-4, 5-3, F-8, RBI)
2. Erick Castillo, C: 1-4 (6-3, BB, 1B, 6-3, K, R, 2 RBI)
3. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 0-3 (BB, BB, F-7, 5-3, F-9, SB)
4a. Tyler Alamo, DH: 1-3 (5-3, K, 1B, RBI)
4b. Antonio Valerio, PH-DH: 0-2 (5-3, K)
5a. Matt Scioscia, 1B: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 5-4 FC, R)
5b. Roney Alcala, 1B: 0-2 (P-6, 3-U)
6. Giuseppe Papaccio, 2B: 0-5 (P-3, 6-4 FC, K, 5-3, K)
7a. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 0-2 (BB, 5-4-3 DP, 1-3, R)
7b. Rony Rodriguez, RF: 0-0 (HBP, R, SB)
8a. Adonis Paula, 3B: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 1B, 2 R)
8b. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
9. Charcer Burks, LF: 1-2 (3B, HBP, F-9, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Trevor Clifton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (18 strikes)
2. Tyler Ihrig: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 25 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Jose Paulino: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 43 pitches (25 strikes)
NOTE: Paulino's first inning was stopped with two outs and bases loaded
4. Luis Hernandez: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/2 GO/FO, 36 pitches (23 strikes)
5. Adbert Alzolay: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 9 pitches (7 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 1-7 CS

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Jeffrey Baez - threw out baserunner 8-6 after runner over-ran 2nd base

ATTENDANCE: 10

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


Comments

Adonis? Really? If Adonis gets to the majors, it will be a sign that the Cubs have erased all these years of futility.

So much for that theory. The best they finished was 4th.

darwin "buckner" barney...wow...that's a rare whiff on a fielding try.

Send him down.

Sure didn't take long for the Cubs to get back to PAINFUL to watch.

welly bunting with men on 1st/2nd, no outs, and r.kalish due up.

one of the guys capable of hitting a double or homer...bunting...in the 5th inning...with a DH/AL lineup.

kalish Ks...barney pops out...neat.

Totally ridiculous. Welly bunting with Kalish and Barney on deck is almost inexplicable.

he's already been asked to sac twice this year (not counting sac flies)...he has 1 sac total in his career before this season. yeah, it's a short career...but this is only his 10th game of the year.

Who does that in the 5th inning, period, much less in the first month of the season for a last place ball club? It's beyond stupid. I'm stumped.

I'm cool with playing more small ball, but that's kinda ridiculous.

Reminds me of when Trestman had the Bears try a 47 yard field goal on 2nd down ... hopefully just rookie coach jitters. But it sucks to be making excuses for him already.

I read - no link, sorry, it was on my phone - that it was Castillo's idea to bunt. I didn't see the play, but it sounded like it looked like a sacrifice all the way, but I'm also pretty sure Renteria wouldn't throw Castillo under the bus if it was Renteria's idea.

cubs 4-10...shut out in a double header for the first time since 1962...awesome.

the wsox ran out of pitchers in the 14th...ventura put l.garcia (2nd/OF) in to throw 75-78mph "fastballs" to the rsox...it didn't work out too well.

garcia got 2 outs via the fielders...then he walked a couple guys and gave up a 2 run double.

wsox lose...lulz were had.

I would have enjoyed seeing Adam Dunn pitch.

Dude, those were changeups. His fastballs were 82-84 and face high. But yeah, I had lulz.

Right now the Cubs are in line for the #2 draft pick in 2015 after the Dbacks (but it's early, so to speak...so there's hope).

The let's get the highest draft pick thing is getting old - not a comment on you Cubster, but on the Cubs management. A third pathetic season is not going to sit well with me, even if i was expecting it. I think the attendance figures this season will demonstrate that I'm not alone here.

If they ARE going to suck, then move the journeymen off the team and start filling the roster with kids. I've really had enough of the Valbuenas, Sweeneys, and even Schierholtzes of the world. Let's see what Junior can do every day. Give him 60 days straight of playing, no platooning with these washed up vets, and see if he is good or not. If he's not, cut your losses, get rid of him, and move on. If Alcanatara does well in the minors, bring him up and play him. Etc. Stop trying to get me to watch crap, cuz I'm not gonna do it.

per Roto...

BJax on Iowa DL with oblique strain.

Wild Cubs v. Cards action from 1974

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/17/cardi...

ESPN Insider's Top 5 Best power prospects for 2014

1. Javier Baez, SS/2B, Chicago Cubs
Current level: Triple-A Iowa
Power grade: 70

Analysis: There's some debate as to where Baez is going to end up playing on the field, but whether he's at second base or shortstop, he's going to give you a ton of production at the position. Baez has world-class bat speed, and he has the ability to either turn on fastballs on the inner half of the plate or take balls out to right field in the middle and outer half. A sprained ankle will keep him on the disabled list for the next couple weeks, but Baez should be back by the beginning of May and could be in a Chicago uniform at some point this season, maybe as soon as the All-Star break.

5. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
Current level: Double-A Tennessee
Power grade: 70

Analysis: Bryant was the second overall pick by the Cubs after hitting 31 homers for the University of San Diego last spring, and he has already proved in his time with the Chicago organization that it's not a fluke. The bat speed isn't elite, but his strength is, and anything middle-in could be sent 450 feet. He'll have to jump two levels to help you in 2014 -- and cut down his strikeouts -- but the Cubs don't have a long-term answer on the current roster, and Bryant could absolutely be hitting balls onto Addison Street later this year.

ESPN Insider's Top 5 Future Power hitters

4. Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs
Current level: Double-A Tennessee
Power potential: 65

Analysis: It's easy to forget, but when Soler and Yasiel Puig signed in the winter of 2012, they were rated about the same, with many giving the edge to Soler. He's not likely to live up to Puig's exploits (literally and figuratively), but there's tremendous raw power in Soler's bat thanks to plus bat speed and long arms that get big-time extension. There's a small chance that he will make it to Chicago this season, but more than likely Soler will make his debut in 2015 and he, Bryant and Baez will form one of the most formidable young power-hitting groups in all of baseball.

Are they rotating Wrigley as part of the renovation or is Bryant going to hit a ton of foul balls backwards?

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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 8 hours 35 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 8 hours 55 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 8 hours 57 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 9 hours 4 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 10 hours 47 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 11 hours 22 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 11 hours 56 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 12 hours 21 sec ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 12 hours 5 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 12 hours 10 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 13 hours 13 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 15 hours 8 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 15 hours 22 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 15 hours 52 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 16 hours 8 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 20 hours 2 min ago view