Diamondbacks Strike Late to Venomize Cubs

Down 3-0 going into the 6th, the EXST Diamondbacks scored seven unanswered runs over the last four innings and defeated the EXST Cubs 7-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.

RHP Luis Liria got the start for the Cubs and threw three perfect innings (35 pitches), striking out four. RHP Jean Sandoval threw two more shutout innings, allowing a triple and a walk, before the roof caved-in on RHP Jose Rosario in the top of the 7th, when the D’backs rallied to score four runs and take the lead.

The Cubs had earlier scored once in the bottom of the 1st inning and twice in the bottom of the 5th to take a 3-0 lead. Vismeldy Bieneme sliced a triple into the left-center gap with one out in the 1st and scored on an RBI GO, and Reggie Golden drove-in Wilson Contreras (who had walked) with a line-drive RBI double roped off the LF fence with one out in the bottom of the 5th, before eventually scoring on a two-out two-base throwing error by the Diamondbacks SS.

RHP Amaury Paulino made his 2011 U. S. debut, pitching the 9th and allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit (a double). He also committed a costly balk with two outs and a runner at 3rd. Paulino is the 9th pitcher called up from the Cubs Dominican Academy over the past two weeks, although he (and fellow RHP Starling Peralta) did attend AZ Instructs last fall.

Cubs RF Oliver Zapata was ejected from today’s game in the bottom of the 3rd after protesting a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch.

Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):

1. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 2-3 (1B, BB, 1B, K, CS)
2. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 1-4 (3B, F-8, K, L-8, R)
3. Marco Hernandez, SS: 1-4 (4-3, K, F-8, 1B, RBI)
4. Wilson Contreras, 1B: 0-3 (F-8, BB, K, 4-6-3 DP, R)
5. Reggie Golden, DH: 2-4 (F-9, 2B, P-3, 1B, R, RBI)
6. Wes Darvill, 3B: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, 1-3)
7. Eduardo Gonzalez, LF: 1-4 (P-4, E-6, 1B, K)
8. Johan DeJesus, C: 0-4 (F-7, F-7, 5-4-3 DP, F-7)
9a. Oliver Zapata, RF: 0-1 (K)
9b. Blair Springfield, RF: 1-3 (1B, K, F-9)

1. Luis Liria: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 35 pitches (22 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Jean Sandoval: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches (17 strikes), 1/4 GO/FO
3. Jose Rosario: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 36 pitches (23 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
4. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 18 pitches (11 strikes), 0/2 GO/FO
5. Amaury Paulino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 12 pitches (8 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

1. 3B Wes Darvill E5 – throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely and runner who was on 2nd base to score unearned run
2. SS Marco Hernandez E6 – throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely – eventually scored unearned run

Johan DeJesus: 1-3 CS

Kyung-Min Na threw out runner 8-2 trying to score from 2nd base on line-drive single to CF


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



"Attendance: 16" Phil, you have the family over for Easter weekend?

Wow! same as the Cubs game in Chicago.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?c... things I never knew... Two decades ago, in fact, the Cubs challenged Fay Vincent's best-interest powers when he attempted to realign them into the NL West against their will -- in an "arbitrary and capricious way," in other words. Vincent eventually backed down. according to wikipedia it was before the 1992 season (I assume to happen in 1993 and nothing to do with the 1994 3-division alignment)... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fay_Vincent anyway, allegedly Cubs/Cardinals to NL West and Braves/Reds to NL East

Love the Extended Spring updates, Phil! I do have a question for you, though. What's been going on with the high school arms from last year's draft? Haven't heard a whole lot about Ben Wells, Austin Reed, Ryan Hartman, Colin Richardson, and Brian Smith in a while and I was hoping for some new info, if there is any. Thanks, Phil!

Submitted by Arizona Phil on Thu, 04/21/2011 - 9:54pm. Submitted by craig on Thu, 04/21/2011 - 12:10pm. Phil, any info on Austin Reed? He looked very good last year, but I don't recall him being mentioned in any of your reports. Is he damaged goods? ================================== CRAIG: Austin Reed is on the EXST Cubs Active List. He was supposed to have pitched last Thursday, but I wasn't at that game so you wouldn't have seen an abridged box score for it. I think he's supposed to pitch tomorrow or Saturday. The problem right now is that there are just too many pitchers at Extended Spring Training, and the younger ones keep getting bumped from their outings by the rehab guys, who always get first priority. So then some pitchers end up throwing sim games if they get pushed back too far.

Sim games...can we get Russel, Coleman and Quade in on that?

Only if Russell can start. And Stevens has to get in his 90 pitches.

Submitted by tim815 on Sat, 04/23/2011 - 5:09am. Only if Russell can start. And Stevens has to get in his 90 pitches. =================================== TIM: As would be expected after Jeff Stevens threw 89 pitches yesterday (making him unavailable for two or three days), the Cubs have optioned Stevens to AAA Iowa and recalled RHP Justin Berg. Then I would expect the Cubs to option Berg back to Iowa after Monday's game and bring up a starting pitcher for Tuesday's game vs Colorado (next Tuesday and a week from Sunday being the next two times the Cubs will need a 5th starter).

Golden Keeps Hitting. Hopefully someone keeps tabs on him this winter.

Submitted by tim815 on Sat, 04/23/2011 - 5:12am. Golden Keeps Hitting. Hopefully someone keeps tabs on him this winter ==================================== TIM: Although Golden's brain-dead baserunning, erratic outfield defense, and inability to make consistent contact remain concerns, the plus bat speed, XBH power, and strong outfield arm he displayed at AZ Instructs last fall are starting to surface again. He still needs to lose a few more pounds, though. He never showed more than average speed (at best) last year, but he is a downright slow runner right now. Hopefully he will attend Camp Colvin next off-season.

Better not be the same guy we had watching Carlos Silva.

"Although Golden's brain-dead baserunning, erratic outfield defense, and inability to make consistent contact remain concerns," Sound like he's Cub-ready.


Justin Berg = useless Scary if thats the best we have for a few days.

Ted Lilly is still throwing 84-85 mph fastballs, his velocity hasn't returned just over a year since his surgery. I would say that makes the three year deal the Dodgers signed him to look much worse. 3 year deal for a 35 year old with fading velocity. I have a feeling his era the next 3 years is going to keep climbing. UPDATE: Second inning, Lilly is starting to occasionally hit 87-88, so he's getting closer to the 90-91 he threw when he first came to the Cubs. Good for him, but I do want him to give up about 13 runs today, and the wind is howling out.

From the "You Have To Be Kidding?" Department: Len just said "It looks like James Russell will get his third start next Tuesday."

Barney looking good in the early part of this season. Nicely done!

way to give 3 runs back, dumpster.

way to give up the lead, dumpster...

Quade again shows he has no clue when Dempster is done. Just keep trotting Dempster out inning after inning until we've lost the lead. And Soriano should have caught that damn ball.

soriano sigh...way to turn a dodgers single into a triple with 1 out in a tie f'n game.

fwiw...attendance, or people showing up, has greatly improved today at wrigley. 64F today.

Saturday, nice weather and $3 tickets (see stubhub etc.) will do that.

Darwin having a very nice day. Timely hitting from Baker, too.

Refreshing to see timely hitting with power coming from a Cubs 1b this season. Looking more like a platoon situation at the right side of the infield, but not at 2b for the time being ...

woo...game getting interesting again. down by 1, runners on the corners, 0 out.

tie! 1 out, man on 1st...

cubs lead! 8-10! ...and aram is getting slower by the minute on the basepath.

10-10 Crazy Game after tomorrow, you will know how to bet

I believe that is the major league record according to Rob's post from the other day. I guess it gives a second reason, other than Castro, to watch the Cubs this year.

Wow, this Starlin Castro kid is pretty good. It's a shame the Cubs system never develops star-caliber young players. /snark

I am MIKE C in disguise and I resent that remark. It was mean-spirited.

...and Smardy-pants for the win! With a 2-0 record, a 3.65 ERA and 14/14 K/BB in 12.1 IP. Pretty funny-looking stat line there.

Yep re Samninja effectiveness of late. Too bad Mateo has face planted (8.1IP/15H, 2.16 whip) recently as an off-set.