Cub Miscues Help Angels Cruise to Victory at Diablo

Kyle Survance walked and scored, singled and stole a base and scored, and laced a two-run triple, Leonardo Rivas singled twice, drove-in two runs, and scored another, Brad Anderson reached base three times (two singles and an HBP), and the Angels took advantage of six errors en route to a 9-1 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #4 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ.    

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning affair but was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the Angels pitchers scheduled to throw in the game could get their work.  

In Extended Spring Training roster news, the Cubs have purchased the contract of 23-year old INF  from Winnipeg (American Association)  The 2014 6th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Western Michigan University, Sohn was released by STL at the end of Minor League Camp and signed with Winnipeg last Friday. He was a shortstop in college and in his first season in pro ball, but he played 2B-3B-SS about equally in 2015-16, and he was a "two-way" player in college (RHP/SS), so the Cubs might try him on the mound at some point, too, and perhaps eventually use him as a utility INF & "emergency" pitcher at one of their full-season affiliates.  

So in the meantime, Sohn would likely be the "first call" replacement if an infielder at South Bend, Myrtle Beach, or Tennessee goes on the DL anytime during the next couple of months (just as Brandon Cummins would likely be the "first-call" replacement if an outfielder at South Bend, Myrtle Beach, or Tennessee goes on the DL).  

And (you read it here first two days ago), Cubs Top 20 prospect LHP Jose Paulino has officially been moved-up to South Bend from Extended Spring Training. 

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

1a. Jacob Hannemann, CF: 0-2 (4-3, BB, 4-3)
1b. Tolly Filotei, CF: 0-1 (F-9)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-4 (6-3, 4-3, 3-U, 2B, R)
3a. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (F-7, K, K)
3b. Ruben Reyes, RF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Gustavo Polanco, C-DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B)
4b. Franklin Tineo, PH-DH: 1-2 (4-3, 2B, RBI)
5. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-4 (1B, K, L-8, K)
6. Miguel Amaya, DH-C: 0-3 (5-3 DP, E-1, 5-3)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, 2B: 0-3 (F-7, 4-3, K)
8a. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 0-2 (F-8, L-4)
8b. Fernando Kelli, LF: 0-1 (K) 
9a. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-2 (F-8, F-9)
9b. Orian Nunez, 3B: 0-0 (BB) 
10a. Henderson Perez, DH #2: 0-2 (K+WP, 1-3)
10b. Samir Lara, PH: 0-1 (K) 

1. Javier Assad: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 39 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Junior Marte: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 2 PO, 42 pitches (19 strikes) 
3. Nathan Sweeney: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (12 strikes) 
4. Andury Acevedo: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 3/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (21 strikes) 
5. Jed Carter: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (7 strikes) 

1. LF Jose Gutierrez: E-7 (fielding error on bases-loaded single allowed runner to score from 1st base) 
2. P Nathan Sweeney: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 
3. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
4. C Miguel Amaya: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score)
5. 1B Rafael Mejia: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
6. SS Aramis Ademan: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)  

1. Gustavo Polanco: 1-1 CS, 1 PB
2. Miguel Amaya: 0-1 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above) 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 



Arizona Scoring Service FTW

Phil, I read in Baseball America's transactions that the Cubs have re-signed Ryan Kalish. True?

HAGSAG: Ryan Kalish was a player-coach at Iowa the last three months of last season and it could be that he will be a player-coach again at Iowa (or at Tennessee) this season, so maybe he'll try and get into playing shape at Extended Spring Training. But Kalish is 29 years old with a lengthy injury history, and so I don't know if he would have much to offer as a player (only) at this point. He hasn't actually played in a game in almost a year.

Kalish was a favorite of the Cubs front office (Theo, Hoyer, and McLeod) back when they were all together in the Red Sox organization, and so Kalish would be a natural fit in some capacity in the Cubs Player Development Department going forward. He could even end up as a coach with the AZL Cubs once the short season affiliates begin play in June. 

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  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 55 min ago (view)

    You can pretty much figure out from my AZIL game reports who the Cubs will likely target if they trade Kyle Hendricks to the Angels during the off-season (which I believe is a distinct possibility).  


  • crunch 10 hours 15 min ago (view)

    "On Wednesday, and again on Friday, manager Joe Maddon said the Angels needed to land two front-line starters or risk perpetual mediocrity. On Saturday, Mike Trout said the Angels had “a lot of money to spend” and the offseason was “going to be big.”"

    $180.3m payroll and the star player + manager softly demanding more talent.

    wait.  you can do that?

    hey d.ross and...umm...hold you have to have a star player to make this kind of demand?  sigh.


  • tim815 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Exactly. Teams realized that under-playing the rest of the season, and assessing what's currently on-hand, works. At least, better than pickung three or four spots lower on the draft board with less spending space.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    It required a good amount of luck, and the other hard part is like a third of the league are tanking now too. Last time it was basically us and Houston.


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    this team is very hard to watch.  i can't take this for 1-2 more years.  i hope the 2022 plan is at least hybrid-competitive (team built to compete, but trade-ready if failing mid-season).

    rebuilding on total destruction for a slew of 1st round picks for years is/was lame even if those 1st round picks was pretty much all that worked for the cubs in the theo-era drafts.


  • K Dub 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Thanks for the update on Devers. Are you able to give us some more context (velocity, pitch mix, etc)? Also, was Drew Gray included in the group you compared Devers to when you said Devers was "by far" the ACL Cubs best pitching prospect? I ask because I know Gray only pitched 4 innings this season. 



  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    cards 15 wins a row...franchise record


  • Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have no starting pitching right now with Carl in a funk.


  • Eric S 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

     Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2


  • Cubster 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins. 


  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!


  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    wisdom can hit some bombs when he does

    also davies still sucks.


  • tim815 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.


  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.

    Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate. 


  • First.Pitch.120 3 days 10 hours ago (view)