Angels Withstand Cub Comeback at Extended Spring Training

Runey Davis reached base three times, scored two runs, knocked-in another, and stole a base, but the EXST Angels scored two runs in the 8th to take the lead after the EXST Cubs had clawed their way back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game in the 6th, and held-on to defeat the Cubs 8-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.

With two hits today, Davis raised his EXST batting average to .353 (.450 OBP), and with his speed and the ability to play all three OF positions, I would think Davis (the Cubs 2009 12th round pick out of JUCO World Series champion Howard JC) is a strong candidate to get promoted to Peoria.

RHP Eduardo Figueroa got the start today for the Cubs and had a very poor outing, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks (plus a WP) in just 1.0+ IP. But RHP Yohan Gonzalez threw three innings of shutout relief (lowering his ERA to 1.29 and his WHIP to 0.86) and RHP Jadel Mendez followed Gonzo with two innings of shutout relief to keep the Cubs in the game. Mendez allowed three hits in his two innings of work, inducing two timely double plays to get out of jams.

EXST Cubs co-closer Rogelio Carmona entered the game with the score tied, and picked-up the loss after allowing two runs on a double, a triple, and two walks.

2009 5th round draft pick Wes Darvill (Langley, BC) committed his team-leading 5th error (two errors so far at SS, and three at 2B), leading to two unearned runs (although he did go 1-3 to raise his BA to .200), and Jae-Hoon Ha was charged with his 5th Passed Ball. (Ha was a catcher in HS in Korea, then was moved to RF after he signed with the Cubs in 2008, and then was moved back to catcher last September in the AZ Instructional League)

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

LINEUP
1. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 0-3 (F-9, BB, 5-3, K, R, SB)
2. Vismeldy Bieneme, DH-2B: 0-3 (K, BB, K, 4-3, R)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-4 (L-9, 2B, 1-3, F-7, RBI)
4. Brandon May, 1B: 0-2 (BB, L-8 SF, K, 4-3, R, RBI)
5. Charles Thomas, 3B: 1-4 (E-6, 3-U, 1-3, 1B)
6. Jae-Hoon Ha, DH-C: 1-4 (4-6-3 GIDP, 1B, F-7, 6-4-3 GIDP, PO)
7. Runey Davis, CF: 2-2 (1B, BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB, CS)
8a. Carlos Romero, C: 1-2 (1B, 1-3, RBI)
8b. Bobby Wagner, PH: 0-0 (BB, R)
9. Wes Darvill, 2B-DH: 1-3 (1B, E-6, 6-3)
10a. Cody Shields, LF: 1-2 (1B, F-9, PO)
10b. Albert Hernandez, LF: 0-1 (K)

PITCHERS:
1. Eduardo Figueroa – 1.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 48 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Yohan Gonzalez – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 3/4 GO/FO, 46 pitches (27 strikes)
3. Jadel Mendez – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 GIDP, 5/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 43 pitches (27 strikes)

ERRORS (1):
2B Wes Darvill E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base and runner on 1st base to advance to 3rd base – both subsequently scored unearned runs)

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Carlos Romero: 0-1 CS
Jae-Hoon Ha: 0-1 CS, 1 PB

ATTENDANCE: 8

WEATHER: Partly cloudy and VERY breezy with winds gusting up to 30 MPH, with temperatures in the 60’s

Comments

Robinson Chirinos hit his 6th HR for a Smokies 3-0 lead in the first. Also a solo HR from Ty Wright. vs the Chatanooga Lookouts (wished they were the choo-choo's) Matt Spencer added to the Smokies roster (he was obtained in the Jake Fox deal)

someone at the [email protected] game screamed "White Power" really loud during a richie weeks at bat. bet a million we won't hear anything about it...bet a million more i'll still be hearing that same dude yell other stuff rather than getting dealt with by the people around him.... must be $1 beer night in SD...there's a lot of "screaming things" fans tonight.

In a surfing moment I have happened upon "The Rookie" which I am sure many of you have seen (as have I). Wanting to look up the "real" Jim Morris at B-R, he was really not half-bad a pitcher for the Rays in 1999 and 2000. And, his manager that preceded Lou - Larry Rothschild.

It's always fun to read comments on other team's blog sites. Exchange the names in the comments and it could easily be applied to TCR.
I'm just numb. {manager name removed} will keep going with the status quo. Just waiting to see today's lineup so I can vomit in my mouth when I see {players name removed}'s name on it.
The team? ...

M. Parisi rocked for 7 ER in 2 IP, LaHair and W. Castillo go 2/3 and LaHair goes 3/4 in the 11-7 loss Muschko goes 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 K in a 4-3 Tennessee loss. Castro 0/4 but R. Chirinos goes 2/4 with a HR and T. Wright hits a HR as well. B. Raley with 5 IP, 9 K and 1 ER in a 4-3 Daytona loss. D. Patton gives up 2 runs in .2 IP. Burke finally has a good day at 3/4 with a 2B. H. Lee gets on-base 3 times out of the leadoff spot for Peoria in a 8-7 win.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I love that scenario. First of all, keep a copy of your passport and Visa stamp in your wallet, just like Americans have to do in almost every other country in the world... but say he did forget his wallet at home, and he and his friend are unable to explain that they're ballplayers, and the cop, reasonably assumes that they're not, and that this white kid is smuggling in Venezuelans to administer pine tar to bats for $4 an hour. I love how the writer quotes Hernandez, "“I’m not worried,” said Seattle pitcher Felix Hernandez(notes), a Venezuela native. “I’ll just tell them I play baseball and it’ll be fine.”, right after concluding that players won't sign with the D-Backs... what a nutjob.

You know, catchers at the high levels of the Cubs' system are having a banner year so far: MLB Cubs: Soto:.340/.500/.480 Iowa Cubs: Castillo: .270/.357/.676 Robinson: .250/.382/.429 Smokies: Chirinos: ..361/.414/.754 Clevenger: .333/.400/.400 This level of performance obviously won't last, but I have to believe this is the most talented catching core the Cubs have had in many a moon.

it being the last day of April and all, but that original plan of batting Fukudome third sure seems like a good one right about now. Wells had better get it going or his slugging is going to fall below our cleanup hitter's.

The sabermetricians are welcome to have their opinions about our business. However, I choose to ignore their opinions.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Well I don't want to get into a big stat v. gut feeling war because to be honest, I don't really know what's better. The truth, like so many other things, is probably somewhere in the middle. Stats are good for certain things, like seeing that a guy strikes out a lot, but it will never replace a good scouting report. To the man who only has a hammer in the toolbox, every problem looks like a nail.

to replace the injured Suzuki...not sure who will be getting starts, him, Fox or Landon Powell (I assume Powell).

I kind of don't miss having him on the team.

was so surprised by Grabow's 1 IP with 2K's that they're giving the credit to Sean Marshall at the moment in my fantasy league. Sean Marshall (ChC - SP,RP) SP Ari Top 9, 11-5 8% 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.50

despite the blow to his ERA today, Wells has turned himself into a strikeout pitcher so far this year 6 IP, 8 K's today... 27 K's in 31.1 IP against 5 BB's

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