Angel Miscues Help Cubs Rally for Victory

Roney Alcala singled twice, doubled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Antonio Valerio singled twice, doubled, and collected two RBI, as the Cubs rallied for three runs in the 9th and defeated the Angels 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.

The two teams combined to commit nine errors, including four by Angel SS Franklin Torres.

Eloy Jimenez played RF for the first time in about a month. He has been nursing a sore right arm that has not prevented him from hitting but has kept him from throwing.

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

1. Charcer Burks, CF: 1-5 (K, 5-3, 1B, F-7, K, SB)
2a. Kevin Brown, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, K, RBI)
2b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-1 (HBP, E-1, R)
3. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 1-5 (1B, 6-3, P-6, P-5, K+WP, R)
4a. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-2 (5-4 FC, E-6, R)
4b. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-3 (K, 4-3, 3-U)
5. Antonio Valerio, DH: 3-5 (K, 2B, E-6, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-5 (1-3, 6-3, 1B, 5-4 FC, E-6)
7a. Erick Castillo, C: 0-2 (F-8, 3-U)
7b. Mark Malave, PH-C: 0-2 (K, E-6, BB, CS)
8. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 0-4 (F-8, F-7, P-6, K)
9. Roney Alcala, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 3-U, 2B, 1B, 2 R, SB)

1. Tyler Ihrig: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 51 pitches (32 strikes)
2. Hector Perez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Andin Diaz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Francisco Carrillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)

1. P Tyler Ihrig - E-1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base)
2. P Tyler Ihrig - E-1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off at 2nd base allowed runner to score unearned run)
3. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base - eventually scored unearned run)
4. LF Shamil Ubiera - E-7 (dropped pop fly allowed batter to reach 2nd base and runner at 2nd base to score)

Erick Castillo: 0-3 CS, 1 PO


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


I know Castro committed an error today - and I didn't see it but I'm sure it was dumb, but I don't like it when "closers" walk batters.

he may have not gotten a double play on it, but he flubbed it rather badly with the play right in front of him and an easy out at 2nd. it was an error he shouldn't have made even if he was rushing a bit.

Especially in the ninth inning. That's not cool. Too bad, too, because he's been making some nice plays.

Kerry Wood 20K Watch: Wacha with 9 K's through 3.1 IP, 72 pitches though

10 K, 5 BB, 4 IP for Wacha and he's pulled, that's quite the line...93 pitches.

Happy 100 Wrigley!

Here is former Wrigley concession employee making a big hit later in life
(back to the camera)

Bears schedule

vs. Buffalo, @ 49ers, @ Jets, vs. Packers, @ Panthers, @ Falcons, vs. Dolphins, @ Patriots, Bye, @ Packers, vs. Vikings, vs. Buccaneers, @ Lions, vs. Cowboys, vs. Saints, vs. Lions, @ Vikings

13-3 baby!!!

who do dey lose to, my friend ?


Sixteen and O! Da Bears will will beat da Packers in da NFC Championship Game! Aaron Rogers will get sacked 8x!

Dear closers, Don't walk batters.

Jedi (really Theo) is gonna take a pitcher at No. 4 right? Given this draft is pitcher-heavy, and the relative lack of arms in our system compared with our positional depth, this seems pretty obvious. One of Hoffman, Beede, Rodon, Aiken, Kolek is gonna be there.

John Manuel: We thought the same thing last year, when the Cubs picked No. 2 overall, but they wound up going with a hitter in Kris Bryant. That said, there is not a Bryant in this draft, and this pitcher class is stronger than it was last year. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were all in town last week to see both Jeff Hoffman and Carlos Rodon, so both are in play, as potentially are Aiken and Kolek as you said. I can see Aaron Nola being in that mix, though he’s more in the Mike Leake mold, and I believe Kyle Freeland, Erick Fedde and Brandon Finnegan also could be in that mix at No. 4. None of those guys would stun me at No. 4, though I would at this point be a bit surprised by Beede at that spot.

ECU right hander Jeff Hoffman will miss at least his next two starts after experiencing arm soreness during a side session yesterday.

Kiley McDaniel‏@kileymcd
As it's explained to me this is proactive measure to deal w/soreness & not obscuring serious injury. Expectation is JH is fine in a few wks.

From what I have heard, McLeod runs the draft with supervision from Hoyer, but Epstein does not sit in on most of the draft, and never over rules either Hoyer or McLeod.

While at Boston, Epstein was strongly against drafting Bucholtz, and was angry when Hoyer insisted on picking him, calling him a crazy SOB. Even then, he did not over rule Hoyer, and later, when Bucholtz led them to a World Series win, told him that he was glad he was a crazy SOB.

I think there are very few Owners/Presidents that over rule the experts they hire. Those that do are notorious, and usually not very successful.


C. Black goes 6 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, 0 H for Smokies in the win

Zastryzny goes 4.2 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 7 H, 4 ER for Daytona in loss, Amaya with a 3/5 day and a SB

Skulina goes 4.1 IP, 4 BB, 2 K, 3 ER, 6 H in the Kane County win, Dunston Jr. with a HR

Any word on Soler? Is he in Mesa doing anything?

Last I heard he had a hurt hammy or some such and was supposed to be out a week, but I'm pretty sure that was at least a week ago.

A week? He's been out three weeks, injured (pulled hamstring) opening night, 4/3.

Time flies, even when you're following a shitty team like the Cubs

CARMELO: Jorge Soler is taking "live" BP at Riverview but he is not yet playing outfield or doing any baserunning.

CJ Shoulder Injury -

Worried much?:

Ruggiano DL with hammy injury?

Justin Ruggiano was diagnosed Thursday morning with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. That carries a best-case recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks.

Personally I'm expecting it to be 8 weeks so I'll be pleased when it only ends up being 6.

Cubs sent Parker down and brought up Neil Ramirez in his place. Parker didn't show Renteria much in the spring (1.78 WHIP).

They also brought up Rosscup instead of another outfielder to replace Ruggiano. They needed a lefty arm. I thought Russell was a mess yesterday, giving up the tying run on a fastball--not what he was called to the mound to throw. But his breaking stuff had no break. Whatever that dead arm business was in the spring, it's still a problem.

Vitters could do a decent Ruggiano imitation but after a decent start he's been slumping. Maybe later.

team has enough OF'rs anyway...sureholds/lake/kalish/sweeney/boni can more than handle getting it done out there.

RF gets a little weaker for backup options with quality arms, though.

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  • That's great, Kris -- prove it with some hits!

  • ill Lou Malnati.

  • Hah which reminds me this is a good article about Ross:

  • Gordo tweeted:

    "I'm pretty comfortable moving all over. I like it that way, too. It keeps me on my toes and ready each and every game.”--Bryant last week.

    So it could be he's just saying the right things, but I believe him.

  • Which means if you shut this place down, and the Cubs go back to their old ways, we will all have to hunt you down, kidnap you, and strap you to a chair to listen to Tim McCarver and Joe Buck repeatedly, with dollops of Hawk Harrelson thrown in for good measure.

  • You got a problem with David Ross?

  • La Stella (3B) batting fifth. Could be the La Stella game.

  • [Drafts plans for CTSteve idol.]

  • Pitcher batting 9th. Bryant in left, Schwarber in right.

  • i'm not ready for it to end.

    i'm not ready for "well, they weren't supposed to make it this year..."

    i'm not ready to talk about the off-season yet.

  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.