Dunston & Vogelbach Lead Cubs to Victory

Shawon Dunston, Jr drove in three runs with a two-out two-run RBI single that capped a four-run 1st inning and a solo HR leading off the bottom of the 6th, and Dan Vogelbach singled and scored in the 1st and clubbed a tape-measure HR over the RF fence in the bottom of the 7th to put the game away, leading the Cubs to a 10-5 victory over the Brewers in Opening Day AZ Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa.

The Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Cubs starter Felix Pena, as Brew Crew clean-up hitter Ben McMahan cracked a two-run double off the LF fence.

But the Cubs offense came right back in the bottom of the first, scoring four times,and giving the Cubs a lead they held for the balance of the game.

After Zeke DeVoss was called out on strikes, Javier Baez ripped a single to center, and then stole 2nd. Rafael Lopez followed with a laser-double into the RF corner, scoring Baez, and then Dan Vogelbach lined a single over the shortstop’s head, moving Lopez to 3rd. Reggie Golden reached base on an infield single, scoring Lopez, with Vogelbach advancing to 3rd on a throwing error. Golden then stole 2nd base, giving the Cubs runners at 2nd & 3rd with just one out. After Dustin Geiger bounced out to 3rd (both runners held their base), Shawon Dunston, Jr (who was making his professional debut) lined the first pitch he saw into right-center to score Vogelbach and Golden with the third and fourth runs of the inning.

The Cubs plated two more runs in the bottom of the second inning, as Neftali Rosario singled, and advanced to 3rd as Garrett Schlecht clobbered a double off the top of the RF fence (near HR). 17-year old Italian Alberto Mineo (making his U. S. debut after spending the summer at the MLB Australian Academy) lined a single to RF to score Rosario, and then Zeke DeVoss drove-in Schlecht with a single, giving the Cubs a 6-2 lead.

The Brewers narrowed the lead to 6-5 before the Cubs scored an unearned run in the 5th, and then Shawon Dunston, Jr blasted his HR off Brewers RHP Tommy Toledo over the RF fence to give the Cubs a 8-5 lead in the 6th.

Dan Vogelbach made it 9-5 Cubs with his solo shot off RHP Carlos Sosa in the 7th, and the Cubs finished their scoring in the 8th as Javier Baez reached base on a two-out RBI infield single, scoring Yaniel Cabezas from 3rd base.

What was especially noteworthy about the Cubs six-run explosion in the first two innings was that four of the key hits (and none of them were cheapies, either) were by Cub left-handed hitters (Lopez, Vogelbach, Dunston, and Schlecht) off a Brewer LHP (Will West).

The Cubs employed seven pitchers today, partly to get more pitchers work (there are 24 pitchers at Instructs and there is only one game per day) and partly to allow the pitchers to get a bit of game action after not seeing any for a couple of weeks.

Luis Liria had a particularly poor outing as he struggled to find the strike zone (31 pitches - only 14 strikes), walking three and throwing two wild pitches in his two innings of work. If it wasn't for Cubs catcher Rafael Lopez throwing out two Brewer baserunners in a row trying to steal 2nd base in the top of the 4th, Liria's final line could have been a lot worse. 

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

1a. Zeke DeVoss, 2B: 2-3 (K, 1B, 1B, RBI, SB)
1b. Danny Lockhart, 2B: 1-2 (1B, 6-3)
2. Javier Baez, SS: 2-5 (1B, L-7, 5-4 FC, K, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
3a. Rafael Lopez, C: 2-3 (2B, F-9, 1B, R, RBI)
3b. SEE SLOT #10a
4. Dan Vogelbach, 1B: 2-4 (1B, K, K, HR, 2 R, RBI)
5a. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-3 (1B+E5, 5-3, E-6, R, RBI, SB)
5b. Eliecer Bonne, RF: 1-1 (1B, SB)
6a. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 0-3 (5-3, F-7, K)
6b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (4-3)
7. Shawon Dunston, Jr, CF: 2-4 (1B, 6-3, HR, 4-3, R, 3 RBI)
8a. Neftali Rosario, DH #1: 1-2 (1B, L-5, R)
8b. Yaniel Cabezas, PH-DH: 1-2 (4-3, 1B, R)
9. Garrett Schlecht, LF: 1-4 (2B, K, 1-3, 4-3, R)
10a. Alberto Mineo, DH-C: 2-5 (1B, K, 1B, 3-1, K, RBI)
NOTE: Mineo was moved to #3 slot in batting order after Lopez left game 

1. Felix Pena: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 33 pitches (19 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
2. Luis Liria: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 31 pitches (14 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
3. Charles Thomas: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 23 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Austin Reed: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 14 pitches (7 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
5. Dustin Fitzgerald: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (14 strikes)
6. Kyler Burke: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (12 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
7. Jose Rosario: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 27 pitches (16 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO


1. Rafael Lopez: 2-2 CS, 1 PB
2. Alberto Mineo: 1-1 CS, 1 PB


WEATHER: Calm wind, sunny, and very hot (107)


for Castro. Congrats!

also has reached base in 35 straight games.

...also being mercilessly dumped on by the Cardinals broadcast crew for not being ready when Dempster delivers pitches. They're even doing inscreen isolated shots of Castro to see if they can catch him looking the wrong way. and still no MLB highlight footage of Castro's 200th hit. Wassup with that?!

he's got a .777 OPS and 28 errors. ...he's obviously not a good player. =p on pace for around $23M opening and #1

I don't believe you - crunch said that no one would watch it.

never said that...i would suggest re-reading my comments, but that's a lot of work for nothing. what i said was... 1- how are they going to sell this thing cuz i dunno 2- how are they going to sell this thing to the general public cuz that's even harder to figure 3- my god, they are advertising the hell out this 4- how will this play out 5- will the domestic cover the cost before international 6- holy hell how much did they spend on advertising this yeah, no one's going to see a brad pitt movie...put him in anything, even moderately advertised...and you're clearing loot...they spent 50m-ish on the flick. hell, "tree of life"...which i never saw a single ad for did like 15m domestic. wtf was up with that movie, btw? how did that go unpromoted almost anywhere, but i assume, local major markets? and no, i didn't think it'd do this well opening. and no, i still have no interest in seeing it...but that shouldn't concern anyone. also, damn...this film had a 3000 screen debut. pittrific.

#27 Re: Moneyball starring Brad Pitt Submitted by crunch on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 6:00pm. i like and collect baseball movies, but wow...this one sounds like a lot of money being thrown at something with limited interest.

from february 2009...nice. yeah, i forgot about's only been 2 and 1/2 bad. the advertising blitz for this one i didn't anticipate in the slightest...the coverage was massive. when did they start shooting moneyball? was this the 1st script that was abandoned or the one that actually got filmed with the twists to truth and more emphasis on the dad/daughter relationship?

Can't imagine why anyone gives a crap about the Hollywood version of a rather interesting book! Give me more AZ Phil.

you've been pretty vocal about your dislike for the book and then as soon as they announced the movie before any script or actors that you had no idea how they could make it an interesting or find an audience and kept harping on it whenever it was brought up. You want to deny it now, feel free, but your just making shit up. the first script is the dramatization you refer to, Soderbergh was going to make it more of a docu-drama and they canned him and went back to the first script with a polish by Aaron Sorkin.

put your claws away, kitty. it's just a movie and im just musing on it... if i wanted to deny something i would...i definately have enough wiggle room with a 2 and 3/4 year old quote. i only like what carrie m. tells me to like anyway. rawr.

Tree of Life was the most painful, gut wrenchingly boring thing I've seen in my life. It was called a masterpiece by all these people paid to say these things, but I wanted to throw baseballs at the screen.

Saw it, good flick. My 11 year old wants Cubs to hire Beane. Scene with scouts at beginning makes me think Cubs still have those meetings. Carlos Pena is a character in the movie.

it's a shame they skewed what c.pena is really like in real life in the same way as they skewed the scouts. they even got his trade wrong in the film... and yes, i know it's a movie, not a documentary...i've been told that plenty of times.

FWIW, they didn't skew what Pena is really like in the movie. He had one about 2 lines. The only thing they really skewed was saying that he was an All-Star when he was in fact, only hitting .218.

pena's a very outgoing guy...and he wasn't traded for a reliever, he was traded in a multi-team deal that at the time was a pretty big deal...and i didn't know about the all-star fabrication until now.

But you were again, just making shit up when you said "skewed what c.pena is really like in real life"...

no, i wasn't. ta-da. he's no m.byrd, but he's very outgoing. he's what people want aram to be for the hispanic crew in the clubhouse.

That's great, but it doesn't have anything to do with his two lines in the movie - or do you suppose he should have been smiling and high fiving people when he got traded?

It's not a fabrication, it's dramatic license.

And he has been an All-Star, but in the movie they made it sound like he was going to be an All-Star that year, which was a little barmy.

ah, the mechanical dolphin is going to give it a run for #1 Dolphin vs. Brad Pitt...who is the better actor?

unless morgan freeman is using his skills and knowledge to help out a young white guy in ways he could never help himself, though he has the tools to do so, i'm not interested. oh mystic me.

With Ashley Judd in the movie w Freeman, does Freeman try to protect Judd from stalking murderous dolphin?

fyi, if you are on twitter, here's a list you can subscribe to of Cubs players that I've found so far!/list/thecubreporter/cub... you'll have to copy and paste the link, but I think anyone can subscribe to it. the minor leaguers are amusing, a lot of HS kids saying lots of stupid shit.

c.pena 4 away from 100 walks...fwiw.

make that 3.

via rotowurld... "According to Joe Frisaro of, the Marlins plan to interview Nationals' third base coach Bo Porter for their manager job on Monday." bo! ha. i have a few hundred of his rookie cards if anyone needs any bird cage liner.

As always, thanks a ton AZ Phil. I'm beyond jealous that you get to watch these games.

Thanks so much AZ Phil. I have a couple roster questions for you... Any indication on why these guys aren't on the roster: Ethan Elias, Austin Urban, Scott Weismann, and Graham Hicks? And I would venture a guess that AJ Morris and Maltos-Garcia are still injured? Thanks again!

hicks injured himself again at the end of the minor league season. shame...nice arm on him.

Submitted by Koyies Bansaw on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 10:39pm. Thanks so much AZ Phil. I have a couple roster questions for you... Any indication on why these guys aren't on the roster: Ethan Elias, Austin Urban, Scott Weismann, and Graham Hicks? And I would venture a guess that AJ Morris and Maltos-Garcia are still injured? Thanks again! ============================= K-BANSAW: Ethan Elias, Scott Weismann, and Graham Hicks finished the season on the DL, and so they probably weren't cleared to participate in Instructs. Same goes for A. J. Morris (post-2010 shoulder surgery rehab) and Arturo Maltos-Garcia (TJS). On the other hand, Zac Rosscup and Tarlandus Mitchell are participating in Instructs, despite spending much of the 2011 season on the DL. I don't know why Austin Urban is not active (or Trey Martin either). I do know that Trevor Gretzky and Blair Springfield aren't active because they are rehabbing torn labrums. It is possible that one or more additional players could be added to the Cubs Instructs roster over the next couple of weeks. Usually Cubs players who are scheduled to play in the AFL work-out at Fitch Park for about week prior to the start of the AFL season, and it's possible that one or more of them could play in an Instructs game (as a tune-up) next week. And you can figure that Rock Shoulders has been deleted from the Cubs Instructs active roster since he will be having knee surgery.

sweet...rosscup is back in action. i've been wondering what's up with him. hope he can put in a full 2012.

Thanks AZ Phil!

i want the cubs to win today, but can't they win 10-9 or something...anything to lessen the chances of r.lopez coming back...

He's a lot better than what he replaced, Russel and Coleman.

real nice play by Byrd to keep Holliday to a single

of course Marmol is pitching so a SB followed and Barney doesn't know how to get a ball in front of the runner.

new life accomplishment... 2 people in the same thread calling out obscenities and getting worked up over a brad pitt movie. TCR or TMZ?

Marmol gets a FB up to 94 also 3 feet wide and low

walks Theriot to tie the game

and marmolAIDS shows up to tie the theriot, even...after being sub'd in to replace a lefty...who was c.pat...ha.

and wild pitch to lose it fastball btw, 3 feet inside with Soto setting up outside

Cubs are in quite a race for the #5-#11 spots of the draft...this can only help. Braves about to lose, Cards will be 2 back with 4 to play.

Tomorrow's headlines should read: Carlos Marmol Beats Cubs.

awful 2nd half...only thing he's done "right" is not giving up homers...doesn't help when you walk so many people that a single can hurt you and a double can really hurt you.

Shoulda traded him when he was worth something. That could be the title of our former GM's memoirs. 11:$3.2M, 12:$7M, 13:$9.8M Damn Jim "Backload" Hendry to Hell!

That's more about where he was in his career, rather than just backloading.

"Tomorrow's headlines should read: Carlos Marmol Beats Cubs." Another win or loss for Cubs is not a big deal. The story here is that he might have pitched the Cards into the playoffs. Now that really hurts.

McCarver just called Moneyball a "novel." Because he's a dumbass, but he happened into an apt description.

Mccarver narrates in the movie

via kffl via the AP "Entering play Saturday, Sept. 24, Chicago Cubs 1B Carlos Pena had walked 97 times this season, the most by a Cubs first baseman in the modern era (since 1900)." 3 walks yesterday...3 Ks today. that's our pena.

Hopefully not for long.

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