Camargo Sharp as AZL Cubs Defeat AZL Snakes

Andruw Monasterio drilled a two-run triple, walked twice, scored a run, and collected a third RBI on a bases-loaded walk, Wladimir Galindo belted a two-run double and knocked-in a third run with a sacrifice fly, Roberto Caro reached base on a bunt single, walked, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly, and RHSP Jesus Camargo hurled five innings of three-hit one-run ball with no walks and a 11/1 GO/FO, helping the AZL Cubs defeat the AZL Diamondbaks 8-4 in AZL action last night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Game 69 Recap: Cubs 1, Dodgers 0 (10 innings)

Nine Over

Box Score, Play Log, Game Graphs


W- Motte (5-1), fly balls to center, getting paid by the word, pitchers duels

L- Peralta (1-1) going to bed early, offense

Things to Take from This Game

 1. The Cubs "Know How to Win"?

For those who put weight in such things, this sure looked like a knowing-how-to-win/will-to-win/clutch/piss-vinegar-and-gumption sort of game.  An error-free pitcher's duel against a big-time opposing pitcher and team, won in extra innings by the supporting cast after yeoman's work from the bullpen. There's precious little to complain about with this victory.


2. Hammel outduels Greinke

Hammel looked in command of this game from the first pitch, and by both the line and the eyeball was superior to Greinke, who also was dealing.


3. Waiting to go to Jansen

0 to 0 after nine, Mattingly went to the just-off-the-DL Joel Peralta, not the unhittable Kenley Jansen.  Jansen only surfaced to clean up a bases loaded, no outs mess, and he nearly did.  If Gonzalez doesn't bobble a potential double-play ball at first, he might have made it out of the inning untouched.


4. Fan catch of the year.



The gory details, below


Dodgers @ Cubs: Greinke vs. Hammel (Game 69 Thread)

LAD (37-32): RHP Zack Greinke (5-2, 1.81)

CHC (38-30): RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.89)

First pitch: 7.05pmCT

Puig rf

Pederson* cf

Kendrick 2b

Gonzalez* 1b

Grandal# c

Ethier* lf

Callaspo# 3b

Rollins# ss

Greinke p


Coghlan* lf

Rizzo* 1b

Bryant 3b

Montero* c

Castro ss

Baxter* rf

Szczur cf

Hammel p

Russell 2b

Zastryzny Gets Start for AZL Cubs

Hector Hernandez (on Kane County 7-day DL) hurled three innings of one-hit shutout ball and combined with three relievers to toss a four-hitter, as the AZL Diamondbacks defeated the AZL Cubs 4-1 in AZL action this evening on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.

Dodgers @ Cubs: Kershaw vs. Wada (Game 68 Thread)

LAD (37-31): LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 3.29)
CHC (37-30): LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.68)
First pitch: 7.05pmCT

Puig rf

Pederson* cf

Turner 3b

Gonzalez* 1b

Kendrick 2b

Van Slyke lf

Hernandez ss

Ellis c

Kershaw* p


Fowler# cf

Rizzo* 1b

Bryant 3b

Castro ss

Denorfia rf

Szczur lf

Ross c

Wada* p

Russell 2b

Cubs @ Twins: Arrieta vs. Gibson (Game 67 Thread)

CHC (36-30): RHP Jake Arrieta (6-5, 3.40)
MIN (37-31): RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 3.33)
First pitch: 1:10pmCT

Fowler# cf

Rizzo* 1b

Bryant 3b

Montero* c

Castro ss

Coghlan* lf

Denorfia rf

Schwarber* dh

Russell 2b


Dozier 2b

Rosario* lf

Mauer* 1b

Plouffe 3b

Hunter rf

Nunez dh

Hermann* c

Escobar# ss

Buxton cf


AZL Cubs Drop 2015 Opener at Sloan Park

RHSP Jonathan Perrin (Milwaukee Brewers 2015 27th round draft pick - Oklahoma State) tossed three innings of perfect baseball and combined with three relievers to hurl a six-hit shutout, and Tyrone Perry (Milwaukee Brewers 2015 14th round draft pick - Lakeland Senior HS - Lakeland, FL) drilled an RBI single, doubled, and walked and scored, as the AZL Brewers blanked the AZL Cubs 4-0 in AZL Opening Day action Saturday evening at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.


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  • Let's do this

  • 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!