Angels Rally with Two in 9th to Tie Cubs at Diablo Park

Raul Linares rifled a single through the box to drive-in the tying run from 3rd base with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, as the Angels rallied for two runs in their final AB to tie the Cubs 3-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.

Eloy Jimenez singled twice and collected an RBI and Varonex Cuevas ripped an RBI triple and scored a run for the Cubs.

Casper Wells (Iowa 7-day DL - back spasms) continued his EXST rehab, playing RF for five innings and batting once in each of the first five innings. He went 0-5, getting called out on strikes in both the 1st and 2nd innings (in both cases strike three was a knee-buckling curve thrown by Angels 2013 3rd round draft pick RHP Keynan Middleton), before grounding out 5-3 in the 3rd, and flying out in the 4th and 5th innings. 

After LHP Michael Heesch (Daytona 7-day DL) made his 2014 game debut with a 1-2-3 five-pitch bottom of the 1st inning (6-3, F-9, P-4), veteran MLB RHP Joel Pineiro took the hill and threw the next six innings (77 pitches) for the Cubs, allowing one run on six hits (four singles and two doubles) and a walk, with five strikeouts. Pineiro also induced three inning-ending double plays, as he really had the sinker working today (12/2 GO/FO).   

There was a somewhat larger crowd than normal at today's game, although some of the fans were clearly there to watch Angels OF Josh Hamilton (15-day DL - torn ligament in thumb) run the bases and field fly balls and grounders on an adjacent field. 

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

CUBS LINEUP
X. Casper Wells, RF: 0-5 (K, K, 5-3, F-9, F-7)
NOTE: Wells batted 3rd in the top of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-4 (5-3, 6-3, 2B, K)
2. Roney Alcala, 1B: 0-4 (F-8, L-9, E-4, E-5, R)  
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH-CF: 2-4 (1B, K 1B, K, RBI)
4. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, P-5, R)
5. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-3 (4-3, P-4, K)
6. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 1-3 (K, 3B, K, R, RBI)
7. Erick Castillo, C: 0-3 (K, F-9, K)
8a. Charcer Burks, CF-DH: 0-2 (F-9, P-4)  
8b. Antonio Valerio, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
9a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
9b. Ricardo Marcano, RF 1-2 (K, 1B)  

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Michael Heesch: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 5 pitches (4 strikes)
2. Joel Pineiro: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 3 GIDP, 12/2 GO/FO, 77 pitches (50 strikes)
3. Jeferson Mejia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Victor Salazar: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 25 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Francisco Carrillo: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 5 pitches (3 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE

ATTENDANCE: 17

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

already sick of n.arenado's hit streak media coverage. talking about a hit streak record at 28 games is like talking about a perfect game before the 5th inning has finished being pitched. i've been flipping back/forth on some games and 2 games i've flipped to have played his first AB from tonight's game in progress. i can't even imagine what it's going to be like if he gets to 40 if they're already going nuts before he has gotten 30 under his belt. it could be bonds-esque.

mike olt hits home runs. 7th...solo shot.

I'm bringing back "ridonculous" just to describe Olt's power because a silly adjective is necessary here.

Mike Olt-a-one or The Lumberjack are accepatable nicknames

Bolt

Bolt. ThunderbOlt?

Thunder B. Olt. The B. stands for Beauregard.

Soler would be worse then Shitholtz?

Only thing I'm sure of is Olt needs a rest.

Man the Rizzo shift is so weird. I keep forgetting about it - then you see him strike the ball solid, the camera switches and of course there's a 2nd basemen in short-to-mid right field.

Even if he lays down the occasional bunt, I imagine they won't adjust the shift much. He hits the ball to left just fine--but it's almost invariably a fly ball or a line drive. There's little reason to put a defender on the left side of the infield for him.

the nightly renteria-lineup-musical-chairs breaks out with 2 outs in the bottom 8th. coghlan in 9 slot, boni goes CF-2nd, valbuena goes 2nd-3rd, and m.olt grabs some pine. the guy who has 2/3rd of tonight's offense and the only hit grabs some pine.

I saw him make a damn nice throw across his body at 3rd too.

It's an old axiom of baseball that if a guy leads your team in HR and is one off of thee team lead in RBI, is a good defender, and has homered in 3 straight games - well, you get that fucker off the field if you are going to extra innings.

Seriously fuck renteria

cubs tie!

Darvish perfecto two outs in seventh...Rios watches ball drop between him and second baseman E-9 WELCOME TO TEXAS!!!

Holy shit!

And Big Pappi from the grassy knoll ends it with 2 outs in ninth

2nd no-hitter lost by him with 2 outs in the 9th...and he also had one lost in the 8th last year, too.

Listening to Mitch Williams and Harold Reynolds argue over this Darvish game is like listening to two head injury victims argue quantum physics.

what...the...hell... j.heyward just stole 2nd on a f'n pickoff where no error was committed by the cubs. 2014 cubs! ...and the braves win on the next pitch with a f.freeman walkoff single. 2014 cubs!

I mean the team sucks. But is it too much to hire a manager who's good with people AND a slick strategist? It's not rocket science. Dude is infuriating - and don't EVEN try and make sense of his quotes in the newspaper. They're gibberish.

Quotes like this: "He's trying to set aside some areas he can handle better," Renteria said. "It's easier said than done because, there's an anxiousness that comes with doing that, but he's been settling down and he's been playing limited, but he's been playing, and I think he's taken advantage of every opportunity he's had thus far."

Chipper Jones talking smack about him too on the twitter box up yonder. How many years did they give this clown?

#5 hitter tonite .193.235.248 Hard to believe they are struggling to score runs.

Sureholds: I think he's the one guy they were hoping to rebound and deal at trade deadline. Captain Happy: I kind of picture Theo/Jed having this John McCain / Palin moment where they are like 'holy shit, who vetted this guy?"

Watching him bat, he has no clue.

Yeah he needs a break. That dribbler to the 2nd baseman with runners at 1st and 3rd in the 9th was pitiful. He has that deer headlights thing going.

a break? he hasn't hit a homer yet. can't get bench time unless you hit homers. hahaha...sigh.

That's some Henny Youngman quality comedy right there. Except it also makes me sad. ;)

the sad part is he's probably the only guy on the team right now with a RF-capable arm...though he needs to be hitting 7th or 8th, not 5th...and it wouldn't hurt to see kalish in RF with lake in LF more often than not if sureholds keeps going down this path. when he sucked the last 1/2 of the season last year he was at least hitting doubles and homers...now we're not even getting that.

Lake has RF arm. He might be an adventure out there, though, particularly playing the sun field in Wrigley. Dunno. But if he's going to have a real future in MLB, he'll need to be an option in at least both corners if not all 3 OF spots.

yeah, while i'd like to see lake get more play time (especially considering what's in-house right now) i'm in the camp that pretty much views him as a 4th/injury-replacement OF'r + pinch hitter + matchup DH type scrapping for 300-400+ PA a season until it's time to trade him, sign him reasonably, or let him walk. he could tighten his game up and be a nice starter, but it seems like he's not going that route as of now. he's a load and fire swinger...and it can get a little ugly.

If he could learn to just stop taking wild cuts on two strike counts, that could help him a lot. It's like he's not even trying to make that change at all.

I was almost as happy with Olt's walk last night as I was with his HR

Reneria: "But as far as starting Olt on Saturday night, "we’ll see," Renteria said. "I got to think about tonight’s game first, then think about tomorrow's game tomorrow." The fact that there is decision making of any kind going on here would be enough for me to fire the guy and let anybody take over. Fuck, hire Hinkse to take over the thing. I kind of like this new trend of recently retired players becoming managers. This long coaching career thing is obviously bullshit.

If Olt and Lake aren't playing every day right now, what's the motherfucking point of all this bullshit? For now, they ARE the fucking kids. Fucking play them, Rick!

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  • JustSayin' 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

     I hear you but welcome to the world of Theo.  The team is always a step or two away from the World Series in his mind, whether that is true or not.  Therefore, the thing to do on the margin is to trade top prospects or younger guys on the roster for that missing puzzle piece, not build for the future.  I had a front-row seat for this as a Red Sox fan.  If Pedro Martinez doesn't insist the Red Sox sign David Ortiz for table scraps and Chris Bryant isn't the no-brainer second pick in the draft, we'd all be wondering what happened to that Theo guy who was in the Red S

     

  • Cubster 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Shogo Akiyama is a lefty bat, career BA at.301 w/ Seibu Lions.  Recent OBPs: .419, .385, .398, .403 and .392. HR 20-15 in last 3 seasons Stolen bases, 12 in 2019, 18 in best season (2016). Defense supposedly plus-plus, 7-10 assists (10 in 2016). Clearly a leadoff hitter.

     

  • crunch 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    christian yelich committed internet homicide on yu darvish...

    https://twitter.com/ChristianYelich/status/1195462...

     

  • Charlie 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Little in the offseason could make me happier than the Cubs finding ways to retain the good MLB players who came up with them while remaining competitive. This Javy extension talk makes me much happier as a fan than the Bryant and Contreras trade talk.

     

  • crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    "Javy Baez. The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources."

    also, some talk of being linked to shogo akiyama (CF, Japan, 32yo in April)

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/cubs/2019/11/15/20966...

     

  • crunch 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    j.odorizzi accepted his qualifying offer (17.8m) from MIN...so did j.abreu (CWS)....everyone else is gonna play the FA market.

    w.smith (SF) immediately signed with the braves for 3/39 (13m team option/1m buyout on the backend).  braves lose a 2nd round pick...which they'll probably get back when someone signs j.donaldson.

     

  • crunch 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    nice.

    it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control.  he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.

    Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    nice info...

    i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.

    he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection. 

    STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them. 
    EXAMPLES: See my lists above. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    "There are no untouchables," Epstein said.

    In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28066390/there...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 23 hours ago (view)

    I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.

    That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.

     

  • crunch 6 days 16 hours ago (view)

    i wonder where the cubs will go with things.

    there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone.  as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team.  the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.

    bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...

     

  • Hagsag 6 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!

     

  • crunch 6 days 16 hours ago (view)

    "According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."

    by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him.  i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 9 hours ago (view)

    Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.