Eloy, Marcano, and Sands Offer the Snake-Bite Cure at Talking Stick

Eloy Jimenez reached base four times (two doubles, a single, and a walk) in four Plate Appearances and drove-in a run, Ricardo Marcano belted a triple and a two-run double and scored a run, and LHP Carson Sands hurled four innings of shutout ball, as the Cubs defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3 on Jackrabbit Field, and Raymel Flores drilled two triples and scored two runs, Sergio Alcantara ripped a two-run inside-the-park HR, and Wei-Chieh Huang and five relievers combined to retire 25 of the first 27 men they faced, leading the D'backs to an 8-2 victory over the Cubs on Whirlwind Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Jose Paniagua singled twice, doubled, and scored a run for the Cubs in a losing cause on Whirlwind Field. 

Recently signed free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 1-3 with a single and a walk and a run scored in four PA and RHRP Matt Stites (on AZ MLB 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation) threw a shutout inning (one hit allowed, one strikeout) for the Diamondbacks squad on Whirlwind Field.  . 

In EXST Cubs roster news, INF Tommy LaStella (on Cubs 15-day DL - rib cage inflammation) has completed the Extended Spring Training portion of his rehab and has moved up to AA Tennessee, where he will begin his Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment. In just two Cactus League EXST games (10 PA), LaStella had seven hits (including four doubles and a HR) and a sacrifice fly, and six RBI. 

Also, INF Andrew Ely (Cubs 2014 32nd round draft pick - U. of Washington) has been moved-up to Lo-A South Bend, and INF Tim Saunders (Cubs 2012 32nd round draft pick - Marietta College) has been released.  

The 22 year old Ely began the season on the Hi-A Myrtle Beach roster, but he did not play for the Pelicans and was assigned to Extended Spring Training last month. In six Cactus League EXST games (21 PA), Ely hit 312/476/375, with a double, four walks, an HBP, two strikeouts, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI. He played both 2B and 3B while he was in Arizona. 

The left-handed hitting Ely had a fine debut professional season in 2014, hitting 298/348/479 with five HR & 16 RBI in 34 games combined between AZL Cubs and AAA Iowa. 

The speedy Saunders (48 SB in 148 career minor league games) was a two-time NCAA Division 3 All American in college and the 2012 NCAA D-3 Player of the Year, but yet he seemingly came out of nowhere to hit 381/431/536 between AZL Cubs, Peoria, and Daytona (combined 49 games - 218 PA) after being drafted in 2012. But then he suffered an elbow injury at Daytona in 2013 that required a UCL transplant (Tommy John surgery), and he was unable to regain the 2012 mojo once he returned to action.   

The 24-year old Saunders retired last June, but decided to try it again this season. He reported to Minor League Camp in March, but was left behind at Extended Spring Training. He still shows plus-speed on the bases and versatility and range in the field, and he still has a good eye at the plate, but he hit only 154/313/231 in eleven Cactus League EXST games (32 PA), with four walks and two HBP, six strikeouts, three stolen bases (one CS), five runs scored, and two RBI. He played 2B, 3B, and SS in Cactus League EXST games and intrasquad games while he was at EXST, and he has also played the outfield earlier in his career. He should be able to find a spot with an indepenedent league team if he wants to continue playing. 

It wasn't a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game, but the Cubs did play an EXST intrasquad game on Field #6 at Riverview Park yesterday afternoon.

Veteran MLB RHP Felipe Paulino was one of the starting pitchers in the intrasquad game, and he worked 3.1 IP and got his pitch count up to 63, so he may ready to join AAA Iowa sooner rather than later. He did allow three runs on four hits (two singles, a triple and a solo HR) and two walks, but he also struck out six (all six swinging). His fastball was consistently 94-95 MPH, and touched 96 at least once, so apparently there is nothing wrong with his arm (Paulino missed most of the 2014 season with a sore shoulder, and he had TJS in 2012).  

Tyler Alamo slugged a solo home run (that was the one HR allowed by F. Paulino), Yohan Matos, Carlos Jimenez, and Jose Paniagua belted triples, and LHP Jose Paulino tossed four innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts (and a 6/0 GO/FO) in the intrasquad game. (J. Paulino is a virtual-lock to join Carson Sands, Justin Steele, and Austyn Willis in the Eugene starting rotation, when the Northwest League begins play next month). 

RHP Dillon Maples had another poor outing. Working in relief of J. Paulino in the intrasquad game, Maples allowed five runs on five hits (including two triples and a double) and two walks in just one inning of work.This is the fourth consecutive Extended Spring Training for the now 23-year old Maples (he was drafted out of a North Carolina HS in 2011, but did not sign until August of that year), and while he still throws a 94 MPH heater and a hammer curve, he has a lot of difficulty commanding his pitches. He also sometimes will lose confidence in his fastball if he's not getting good results with it, and when that happens he tends to lose focus. 

Here are the abridged box scores from today's two Cubs Cactus League EXST games (Cubs players only), followed by the abridged box score from yesterday's intrasquad game at Riverview Park: 


JACKRABBIT FIELD

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-4 (6-3, 1-3, 1B, 6-3, R, SB)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-4 (F-7, 6-3, 1B, K, R, RBI)
3. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (1B, F-9, BB, L-7)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 3-3 (2B, 1B, 2B, BB, RBI)
5. Alberto Mineo, 1B: 0-4 (K, 3-6-1 DP, F-8, F-8)
6a. Yohan Matos, C: 0-2 (BB, K, P-3, SB)
6b. Tyler Alamo, C: 0-1 (F-7)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (K, 6-3, BB, BB, R)
8. Ho-Young Son, DH #1: 2-4 (F-8, L-5, 1B, 1B, R)
9. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 2-4 (4-3, 3B, 2B, K, R, 2 RBI)
10. Danny Gutierrez, DH #2: 1-4 (F-7, 1B, 6-3, P-5, CS) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Carson Sands: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/FO, 57 pitches (31 strikes) 
2. Daniel Schlereth: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 22 pitches (15 strikes) 
3. Greyfer Eregua: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Pedro Araujo: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (18 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: NONE 

CUBS SQUAD "A: CATCHERS DEFENSE
Yohan Matos: 1-2 CS 

WHIRLWIND FIELD 

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-3 (4-3, K, 4-3)
2. Roberto Caro, RF-DH: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, R)
3. Jose Paniagua, LF: 3-3 (1B, 1B, 2B, R, PO)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, DH #1: 0-3 (F-9, F-7, 4-3, RBI)
5. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 0-3 (6-3, 6-3, 5-3, RBI)
6. Roney Alcala, 1B; 1-3 (F-7, F-7, 1B) 
7. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-3 (K, F-9, K) 
8. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 0-2 (4-3, K)
9. Varonex Cuevas, 3B: 0-2 (K, F-8)
10. Jenner Emeterio, DH-RF: 0-2 (K, K)
11. Tyler Pearson, DH-C: 0-2 (K, K)
12. Andruw Monasterio, DH #4: 0-2 (K, L-7)

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Jesus Camargo: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 PO, 0/5 GO/FO, 43 pitches (23 strikes)
2. Jordan Brink: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (15 strikes) 
3. Alexander Santana: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 43 pitches (28 strikes) 
4. Corbin Hoffner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (9 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 3 
1. 3B Varonex Cuevas: E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. 2B Carlos Jimenez: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
3. 2B Carlos Jimenez: E-4 (fielding error allowed bater to reach base safely) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Jhonny Pereda: 0-1 CS 

WEATHER: Overcast with occasional drizzle & temperatures in the 70's 

ATTENDANCE: 27 

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CUBS INTRASQUAD GAME AT RIVERVIEW PARK FIELD #6 (Thursday 5-14-2015) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 0-3 (6-3, 6-5 FC, 6-3, RBI)
2. Carlos Sepulveda, SS: 1-3 (K, 1B, F-9, R, SB)
3. Frandy de la Rosa, 2B: 1-3 (K, 1B, 4-3, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 1-3 (K, K, 2B)
5. Tyler Alamo, C: 1-3 (HR, K, 4-3, R, RBI) 
6. Roney Alcala, 1B; 0-3 (K, 3-1, 4-3)
7. Ho-Young Son, 3B: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-7, CS)
8. Ricardo Marcano, LF: 0-1 (BB, 4-3, R)
9. Yohan Matos, DH #1: 1-2 (3B, K, RBI)
10. Jenner Emeterio, DH #2: 0-0 (BB, R, SB)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Robert Garcia, LF: 1-3 (6-3, K, 2B, R, RBI, SB)
2. Roberto Caro, CF: 0-2 (5-3, 6-3, BB, R, SB)
3. Jose Paniagua, DH: 1-2 (K, BB, 3B, R, 2 RBI)
4. Kevin Encarnacion, RF: 1-3 (6-3, 6-3, 1B, RBI)
5. Bryant Flete, SS: 0-2 (BB, K, 3-6-1 DP, R, SB)
6. Alberto Mineo, C: 0-1 (BB, 3-1, BB, R)
7. Adonis Paula, 1B: 0-2 (K, K)
8. Danny Gutierrez, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, L-5, R)
9. Carlos Jimenez, 2B: 1-3 (K, 3B, 6-3, R, RBI)
 
CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS
1. Jose Paulino: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 6/0 GO/FO, 64 pitches (36 strikes) 
2. Dillon Maples: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GOP/FO, 23 pitches (11 strikes) 
3. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 12 pitches (9 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Felipe Paulino: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2/0 GO/FO, 64 pitches (43 strikes) 
2. Enrique de los Rios: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 27 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Yomar Morel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 7 pitches (7 strikes) 

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 1 
P Jose Paulino: E-1 (errant throw on infield single allowed batter to advance to 3rd base & runner to score from 2nd) 

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: 1 
C Alberto Mineo: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on stolen base allowed runner to advance to 3rd) 

SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Tyler Alamo: 1-4 CS 

SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE
Alberto Mineo: 1-3 CS, 1 E (see above) 

WEATHER: Mostly sunny & VERY breezy with tempeatures in the 70's 

ATTENDANCE: 4 

Comments

Any idea why Ely instead of Eloy to Lo-A? Felipe Paulino, really? The velocity sounds good, but were they hitting it hard? It sounds like the command was off, too. How did he look overall?

JOHN B: Andrew Ely was assigned to South Bend because they needed an infielder to replace 2B Chesny Young, who was moved-up to Myrtle Beach. It was between Ely and Bryant Flete, and Ely got the call, probably because he is older, has D-1 college experience, and spent some time at AAA last season.  

Felipe Paulino's velocity (94-96) is good but his fastball is straight and hittable. (Tyler Alamo cranked his HR over the left-centerfield fence and Yohan Matos mashed a triple on a fastball). His breaking ball and change-up are OK, but nothing special, although he did get a lot of swings & misses (six swinging strikeouts, including Eloy Jimenez twice) between the hits.

I see Paulino as a rotation filler at AAA, probably nothing more than that. 

 

Smokies smokin'... 9-4 win over the Biscuits (12 hits) Almora 2-4 (double, triple, walk), Schwarber 3-4 (double, HR, walk), Vogelbach 2-3 (doubles x2, walks x2), McKinney 1-5 (double) and the MB Pelicans had 15 hits in a 7-1 win including Zagunis 3-5 and Underwood with 5 shutout innings, no BB, 3K, 4H.

#60ManRoster It's the only way to accommodate all these guys.

one last thing... Javier Baez after striking out in the first, went 3-4 (3 singles) with 2 rbi. He's now hitting .311 .311 .382 .443 .825 (61 AB) per John Arguello at Cubs Den:
After striking out he squared up on a line drive single to LF and then later when the opposite way for a single to RF. He also showed his good baserunning skills, beating out an infield grounder and stealing 2 bases to give him 5 on the year.
6th inning: Javier Baez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Kent Matthes. John Andreoli scores. Arismendy Alcantara scores (during that inning, Baez then steals 2nd and 3rd). From Tommy Birch (Des Moines Register) on twitter: Baez: "I think I found my swing. Well, I don't think, I know I found my swing." Last time Baez felt this good at the plate: "When I was in double-A. I haven't felt like this since I've been here." https://twitter.com/TommyBirch/status/5994240... https://twitter.com/TommyBirch/status/5994245... From the Sound of Music...How do you solve a problem like Maria? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1HwVmY28Pk

on Bruce Levine's radio show this am, he hinted at some pitching roster changes coming soon. Given the overuse of the pen, some fresh arms may be needed just because of that issue. Said Phil Coke is on a short leash (with Russell and Rosscup, he's the 3rd lefty in the pen) and Wada is ready. Also said it is no coincidence that Wada is pitching on same day schedule as Travis Wood. Hmmmm.

Rosscup showed why he deserved Maddon's confidence yesterday but he still makes me nervous. But he really applied the tourniquet at exactly the right time there. Coke should probably be cut loose. Motte isn't getting anybody out either. I hope his leash is at least getting frayed around the edges a bit. It was good to hear the Great Maddonini say during his presser that, in his words, they're not going to the dance if the bullpen keeps going this way.

And Brian Schlitter is back... Does that count as help? Szczur sent down.

no...no it doesnt. the mysterious low/mid 90s throwing "ground ball pitcher" that plays like a past-due 40 year old junkballer.

Man. I was having a good day. Is it April 1st? Or a misprint? Can't I be grounded for a week instead?

Somebody tell Armando Rivero to get his shit together, and tell Ramirez to get well soon(er rather than later).

Dje Schlitter? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbFPb7nOXiCS... sending link to to Wrigley video board operator.

Cubs now have a really thin bench -- only 3 OFs on the 25-man today....

Maybe we should call up a 4th catcher...

Gregory Polonco was last seen here... http://tinyurl.com/kf2tw66

ha. also, that pitiful orange fence could easily be better propped up between a couple jumbotrons. monetize...synergy...paradigm shift...fancy words...

The Cubs played a six-inning Extended Spring Training intrasquad "sim" game at Riverview Park this morning, and Pierce Johnson threw to hitters for the first time since being shut-down the last week of Spring Training. 

PITCHERS
Oscar de la Cruz: three innings (60 pitches) 
Justin Steele: three innings (60 pitches) 
Andin Diaz: two innings (40 pitches) 
Pierce Johnson: two innings (30 pitches)
Scott Frazier: one inning (25 pitches) 
Jae-Hoon Ha: one inning (20 pitches)

It appears that de la Cruz is the front-runner for the 5th starter slot at Eugene (joing Justin Steele, Carson Sands, Austyn Willis, and Jose Paulino). The 6'6 20-year old de la Cruz features a 94 MPH fastball, a curve, and a change-up, and he is probably the most-improve pitcher at EXST (he made his U. S. debut at Instructs last year). 

I hate Joe. Sahadev Sharma @sahadevsharma · Maddon on sending Szczur down and recalling Schlitter: We had to thicken up the pen and there were just no other options. Okay, this is better. Sahadev Sharma @sahadevsharma · Maddon said lot of different options for immediate future, but Schlitter was just the move for *today* and then they'll figure out tomorrow.

Jokisch and Germen are eating up 40-man spots that they aren't earning right now, so that would be a start. Britton and Cooper are not long-term solutions, but they've both pitched well enough to qualify as emergency help at this point. I also expect Wood to go to the pen when Wada gets activated.

jokisch is kept around because he's a lefty that's effective vs righties and lefties because of his pitch mix who has decent control...and not prone to the long ball. if he ever figures it out he could be a solid middle/end rotation guy. that said, i think the cubs have more faith in that chance than the fans...myself included. he's a guy that some team most likely has 40-man roster space for, though.

it seems j.lester also sucks at bunting...that one's a little more excusable given his extended time in the AL. i kinda wondered why 0-infinity lester was allowed to swing so much in earlier games.

j.lester 1500 career Ks (top 4th)

JD is commenting on how Russell should just keep running to first on that play but it looks like Russell was losing his balance anyway, and the best thing was just to keep the momentum of his fall going towards first.

warm weather + weekend + winning = packed house. 38K announced...and it looks it.

Uh-oh...it looks like the league has figured it out -- if you pitch to both Ross AND Lester, you get 2 automatic outs instead of just one.

shitter is warming up in the pen by himself with a 1 run cubs lead in progress, 2 men on, and 2 outs...alright then. phew...lester pitches through it...110 pitches

Schlitter warming up - ugh. Reaches for the Tums...

Generous call on the strikeout but I'll take it

i would give rizzo...like...$5 to not use marky mark and the funky bunch for walkup music. if anyone knows if he wants in on this, tell him to hit me up for his payday.

Schlitter in. My God Maddon is a cruel man

leadoff single...welcome back to the bigs! hey look, a double! woo! 5 pitches and he's out of the game...men on 2nd/3rd, 0 outs. SHITTER!

No business pitching in the 8th inning EVER.

especially since david ross's arm is warmed up, fresh, and available to pitch.

Same Shitter, what the hell do they see in this guy?

Five pitches = two rocket hits

Who could've seen that happening?

Motte = hero

Fox had one of his pitches at 98mph - didn't think he could bring it that fast

yeah, he's been topping out 95/96 for the most part in 2015, but he brought 2 in a row at 98 to end the inning...sick.

Pitching to keep his job and stay on a major league roster might add a little?

hurrah for pepsi and motte. no damage done! cubs going to bat in the bottom 8th.

t.wood is up in the pen with rondon. seems we have a SP callup pretty soon.

...and t.wood with a 10 pitch save. bringing it 92mph on the gun. i'm kinda wondering if the gun is hot today.

Whatever the Cubs are paying Lester, it's not nearly enough.

Haha! Well said sir!

I wouldn't pay him a penny more than $155 million.

STL loses!

A bit confused on why, with Denofria hurt on and off the whole season, why they recall Schlit-head - who can not get anyone out - and send down Ceasar? Is Maddon just telling Theo, "You want me to show you he sucks - AGAIN??"

Win by three v. an intra-division ace without benefit of any run-scoring hits? An ace we had never beaten?

Javy Baez...walks in 1st, double to LF in 4th. Now has a 7 game hitting streak.

Also, BB% up to a semi-respectable range and K% down to 25-ish. He may factor into this season yet.

Throw him in LF and see what happens. That's a potent lineup with him in there.

Bryant has done a pretty good job of quashing the "can't field third base" mantra. In fact, I'm seeing the opposite. Has pretty good range, makes some nice stabs out there, and a really good arm. The whole air mailing the ball to Rizzo thing he started the year with has even subsided. I think they'll leave Baez in Iowa for awhile to see if his new habits stick, but then they need to figure out where to put him. There's no room at the infield. You would think left field would be a piece of cake for someone with his baseball instincts.

Before the game, I was thinking to myself how crazy it was to have a 9-man bullpen. Turns out, they were actually playing with a 10-man bullpen today. It's like the damn playoffs already.

Turns out, they were actually playing with a 10-man bullpen today. --- Does Schlitter count? Really?

Well, of those 10 guys, he was literally the first one Maddon went to in a hold situation against a division rival. So unfortunately, yes, he still counts, until the Cubs decide he does not.

Wish Jedstein would stop enabling Maddon's willingness to call on Schlitter. He'd be a middle reliever if he could hit his spots.

I think it probably goes like this: Cubs brass to Iowa guys: "Is he keeping his sinker down?" Iowa guys: "Yes." Cubs brass to Maddon: "It's safe to use him, he's keeping his sinker down." Maddon: "My relievers are all tired. I'll try him again." Schlitter: "Watch this! See? I can throw my sinker chest high!!!"

Travis Wood to the bullpen completes this story line: http://m.reds.mlb.com/news/article/124797408/...

That trade was made back in the day when the Dave Sappelts of the world were getting called up and there was actually room for them on the MLB roster.

Dustys last victim

he sent 2 guys to surgery under his tenure...both relievers...neither with pitch count concerns...before he got to take the blame for m.prior (and k.wood for some reason even with his prior injuries). meanwhile, MLB on whole is sending record numbers of kids to surgery since teams adjusted to the new babying of pitchers method of player use management. go figure. maybe it's a bit more complicated than throwing 5-10 extra pitches a game or 2 games in a row of heavy work. kids are dropping like flies, both starters and pen guys. it's not as cut/dry as it seems, especially since things are moving (more like tumbling fast) in the opposite direction with extra care.

12 year olds throwing sliders and sharp breaking balls = TMJ at 24.

Gameday says the wind is blowing out to LF at 20 mph. Is that for real? Also, I haven't had much to complain about as lineups go this year, but getting tired of Castro fourth and Soler sixth. Flip em please.

s.miller no hitter broken up with 2 outs in the 9th...cold.

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  • Hagsag 17 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Ine of my alltime favorites.

     

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