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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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 36 min 55 sec ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 49 min 4 sec ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 57 min 35 sec ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 1 hour 47 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 9 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 5 hours 32 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 35 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 55 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 16 hours 36 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 16 hours 40 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 17 hours 28 min ago view