Late Dinger the Difference as Brewers Edge Cubs

Chris McFarland led-off the bottom of the 8th with a moon-shot solo home run over the LF fence and onto the roof of a portable classroom at Frank Borman Elementary School, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving his team the lead, as the Brewers scored one in the 7th and one in the 8th to edge the Cubs 2-1 in Opening Day Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #7 (Paul Molitor Field) at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, AZ.

Milwaukee’s 18th round pick in the 2011 June draft, McFarland received a $315K “overslot” bonus to give up a chance to play college ball at perennial NCAA powerhouse Rice University.

Rehabbing from June 2011 Tommy John Surgery, RHP Rob Whitenack got the start for the Cubs and threw a shutout inning (15 pitches), allowing two hits before getting out of the frame thanks to a timely 6-4-3 DP and a 5-3 GO.

20-year old Cuban defector LHP Gerardo Concepcion followed Whitenack to the mound and threw three shutout innings, showing an advanced feel for pitching to go along with a plus-curve, solid change, and outstanding control (75% strikes).

Although the Cubs scored only one run, they did have a plethora of baserunners during the course of the game. Gioskar Amaya, Jeimer Candelario, and Trey Martin reached base three times a piece (Amaya walked three times, Candelario tripled, singled, and walked, and Martin singled twice and doubled and stole two bases), but some bad baserunning at inopportune moments hurt the Cub cause.

The game was extended an extra three outs so that Felix Pena could get his pre-scheduled inning of work.

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Oliver Zapata, CF: 1-4 (F-8, 1-3, 1B, 3-1, RBI)
2. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-1 (BB, BB, F-9, BB)
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 2-3 (3-U, 1B, 3B, BB)
4. Rock Shoulders, 1B-DH: 0-4 (K, 4-6-3 DP, 1-3, K)
5a. Javier Baez, SS: 1-3 (5-3, 2B, 2-5 FC, SB)
5b. Danny Lockhart, SS: 0-1 (P-5)
6. Dan Vogelbach, DH-1B: 0-4 (P-6, K, 4-3, 6-3)
7a. Trey Martin, RF-DH: 3-3 (1B, 2B, 1B, 2 SB, PO)
7b. Neftali Rosario, PH: 0-1 (K)
8a. Wilson Contreras, C: 0-0 (BB, E2-CI, R)
8b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-2 (5-3, 5-3)
9. Shawon Dunston, Jr, LF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, 1-3)
10. Anthony Giansanti, DH-C: 1-2 (F-8, BB, 3B)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Rob Whitenack: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 15 pitches (11 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Gerardo Concepcion: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 36 pitches (27 strikes), 2/5 GO/FO
3. Frank del Valle: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 62 pitches (35 strikes), 4/0 GO/FO
4. James Pugliese: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 27 pitches (14 strikes)
5. Felix Pena: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 11 pitches (9 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO

CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. 2B Gioskar Amaya - E-4 (dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Gioskar Amaya - E-4 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base safely and unearned run to score)
3. P Felix Pena - E-1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Anthony Giansanti: 3-5 CS

ATTENDANCE: 5

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures in the 90’s

Comments

Top 1st: Seattle - C. Figgins walked - D. Ackley struck out swinging - I. Suzuki singled to shallow left, C. Figgins to second - J. Smoak singled to right, C. Figgins to third, I. Suzuki to second - K. Seager singled to center, C. Figgins and I. Suzuki scored, J. Smoak to third - K. Seager to second on wild pitch - M. Saunders walked - M. Olivo singled to shallow right, J. Smoak scored, K. Seager to third, M. Saunders to second - M. Kawasaki walked, K. Seager scored, M. Saunders to third, M. Olivo to second - B. Ryan struck out swinging - C. Figgins grounded out to third ew darvish. welcome to the big show, dude.

I-Cubs with a 9-2 lead over the Isotopes in the 5th. Rizzo with another HR (2 run). Travis Wood (whoa) also has a 2 run HR. Rizzo, Cardenas (double, triple) and Vitters with 2 hit nights

Someone please notify Castro that you don't have the luxury to guess with bases loaded, bottom of the ninth, 2 out, 0-2 count and down 2. Jesus. Especially if you are not guessing fastball and frickin swinging.

Hey AZ Phil, I'm curious if you've seen/ heard what's going on with Ramon Garcia, Roderik Pichardo, and Charles Thomas? Also, have you seen anything of a couple guys from last year's draft, like Levitt, Urban, Dickson, Maltos-Garcia (how's his rehab going?), Elias, Marra, and Tayler Scott? Thanks as always

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Mon, 04/09/2012 - 9:01pm — Koyies Bansaw Hey AZ Phil, I'm curious if you've seen/ heard what's going on with Ramon Garcia, Roderik Pichardo, and Charles Thomas? Also, have you seen anything of a couple guys from last year's draft, like Levitt, Urban, Dickson, Maltos-Garcia (how's his rehab going?), Elias, Marra, and Tayler Scott? ================================= K-BANSAW: Charles Thomas, Ramon Garcia, Roderik Pichardo, Pete Levitt, Ian Dickson, Ethan Elias, and Tayler Scott are all presently active at Extended Spring Training. C. Thomas got demoted from the Peoria squad right at the end of Minor League Camp because he had difficulty throwing his 98 MPH fastball for strikes, but he looked very good when he threw in one of the Fitch Park intrasquad games last week. He could be back with Peoria sooner rather than later. R. Garcia pitched well enough in Minor League Camp where he maybe could have made the Peoria Opening Day roster, but he got caught in the end-of-camp numbers game. After signing with the Cubs in June, Ethan Elias spent the balance of the 2011 season on the AZL Cubs DL, and he also missed AZ Instructs and was restricted to limited activity the first half of Minor League Camp, too. He is active now, but I don't know why he was not active earlier. Austin Urban hasn't thrown in a game (including AZL, Instructs, Minor League Camp, and EXST) since the Cubs signed him. He is in the Rehab Group at Fitch Park, and he was restricted to limited activity throughout Minor League Camp, too. I don't know if he had surgery or some kind of lingering soreness someplace, but he has been basically inactive for at least nine months. Arturo Maltos-Garcia had TJS last June (at about the exact same time as Rob Whitenack) but he didn't throw in Minor League Camp, so his rehab is going much slower than Whitenack's (who threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen after his one inning/15 pitch stint this morning, BTW). Justin Marra was active the first half of Minor League Camp and was playing in Cactus League Minor League games, but he is now out with an injury that precludes him from running and/or hitting but not catching. I don't know when he will be back active. BTW, 1B Ryan Cuneo (who had an outstanding Minor League Camp with the Daytona squad before getting moved down to the Boise/Mesa squad with back issues) just got moved up to Peoria from Extended Spring Training (his ST performance literally saved him from getting released), and RHP Joe Zeller just got promoted to Tennessee from Extended Spring Training. Getting bumped from EXST to AA might seem a bit much, but Zeller throws a knuckleball, and he can be downright mystifying to hitters (at any level) at times. And then other times he gets whacked. I doubt that Zeller will go back down. Either he makes it at Tennessee, or he gets released.

just got arrested for brawling with police... did anyone else think that Guerrero was still playing baseball?? I sure did!

I would like to get some thoughts on Baez being in extended spring training. I thought for sure he would be in Peoria. I know he is a year out of high school, but I believe Corey Patterson went straight to low A and had a really good year, probably the only really good year he had. Is this a sign that they are taking it slow with the prospects?

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