Angels Rally with Two in 9th to Tie Cubs at Diablo Park

Raul Linares rifled a single through the box to drive-in the tying run from 3rd base with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, as the Angels rallied for two runs in their final AB to tie the Cubs 3-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.

Eloy Jimenez singled twice and collected an RBI and Varonex Cuevas ripped an RBI triple and scored a run for the Cubs.

Casper Wells (Iowa 7-day DL - back spasms) continued his EXST rehab, playing RF for five innings and batting once in each of the first five innings. He went 0-5, getting called out on strikes in both the 1st and 2nd innings (in both cases strike three was a knee-buckling curve thrown by Angels 2013 3rd round draft pick RHP Keynan Middleton), before grounding out 5-3 in the 3rd, and flying out in the 4th and 5th innings. 

After LHP Michael Heesch (Daytona 7-day DL) made his 2014 game debut with a 1-2-3 five-pitch bottom of the 1st inning (6-3, F-9, P-4), veteran MLB RHP Joel Pineiro took the hill and threw the next six innings (77 pitches) for the Cubs, allowing one run on six hits (four singles and two doubles) and a walk, with five strikeouts. Pineiro also induced three inning-ending double plays, as he really had the sinker working today (12/2 GO/FO).   

There was a somewhat larger crowd than normal at today's game, although some of the fans were clearly there to watch Angels OF Josh Hamilton (15-day DL - torn ligament in thumb) run the bases and field fly balls and grounders on an adjacent field. 

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

CUBS LINEUP
X. Casper Wells, RF: 0-5 (K, K, 5-3, F-9, F-7)
NOTE: Wells batted 3rd in the top of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-4 (5-3, 6-3, 2B, K)
2. Roney Alcala, 1B: 0-4 (F-8, L-9, E-4, E-5, R)  
3. Eloy Jimenez, DH-CF: 2-4 (1B, K 1B, K, RBI)
4. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, P-5, R)
5. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-3 (4-3, P-4, K)
6. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 1-3 (K, 3B, K, R, RBI)
7. Erick Castillo, C: 0-3 (K, F-9, K)
8a. Charcer Burks, CF-DH: 0-2 (F-9, P-4)  
8b. Antonio Valerio, PH: 0-1 (6-3)
9a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
9b. Ricardo Marcano, RF 1-2 (K, 1B)  

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Michael Heesch: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 5 pitches (4 strikes)
2. Joel Pineiro: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 3 GIDP, 12/2 GO/FO, 77 pitches (50 strikes)
3. Jeferson Mejia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 18 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Victor Salazar: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1/1 GO/FO, 25 pitches (11 strikes)
5. Francisco Carrillo: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 5 pitches (3 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: NONE

ATTENDANCE: 17

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy & breezy with temperatures in the 80's 

Comments

already sick of n.arenado's hit streak media coverage. talking about a hit streak record at 28 games is like talking about a perfect game before the 5th inning has finished being pitched. i've been flipping back/forth on some games and 2 games i've flipped to have played his first AB from tonight's game in progress. i can't even imagine what it's going to be like if he gets to 40 if they're already going nuts before he has gotten 30 under his belt. it could be bonds-esque.

Man the Rizzo shift is so weird. I keep forgetting about it - then you see him strike the ball solid, the camera switches and of course there's a 2nd basemen in short-to-mid right field.

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In reply to by Carlito

Even if he lays down the occasional bunt, I imagine they won't adjust the shift much. He hits the ball to left just fine--but it's almost invariably a fly ball or a line drive. There's little reason to put a defender on the left side of the infield for him.

the nightly renteria-lineup-musical-chairs breaks out with 2 outs in the bottom 8th. coghlan in 9 slot, boni goes CF-2nd, valbuena goes 2nd-3rd, and m.olt grabs some pine. the guy who has 2/3rd of tonight's offense and the only hit grabs some pine.

Darvish perfecto two outs in seventh...Rios watches ball drop between him and second baseman E-9 WELCOME TO TEXAS!!!

Listening to Mitch Williams and Harold Reynolds argue over this Darvish game is like listening to two head injury victims argue quantum physics.

what...the...hell... j.heyward just stole 2nd on a f'n pickoff where no error was committed by the cubs. 2014 cubs! ...and the braves win on the next pitch with a f.freeman walkoff single. 2014 cubs!

I mean the team sucks. But is it too much to hire a manager who's good with people AND a slick strategist? It's not rocket science. Dude is infuriating - and don't EVEN try and make sense of his quotes in the newspaper. They're gibberish.

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In reply to by Carlito

Quotes like this: "He's trying to set aside some areas he can handle better," Renteria said. "It's easier said than done because, there's an anxiousness that comes with doing that, but he's been settling down and he's been playing limited, but he's been playing, and I think he's taken advantage of every opportunity he's had thus far."

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In reply to by Carlito

the sad part is he's probably the only guy on the team right now with a RF-capable arm...though he needs to be hitting 7th or 8th, not 5th...and it wouldn't hurt to see kalish in RF with lake in LF more often than not if sureholds keeps going down this path. when he sucked the last 1/2 of the season last year he was at least hitting doubles and homers...now we're not even getting that.

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In reply to by Charlie

yeah, while i'd like to see lake get more play time (especially considering what's in-house right now) i'm in the camp that pretty much views him as a 4th/injury-replacement OF'r + pinch hitter + matchup DH type scrapping for 300-400+ PA a season until it's time to trade him, sign him reasonably, or let him walk. he could tighten his game up and be a nice starter, but it seems like he's not going that route as of now. he's a load and fire swinger...and it can get a little ugly.

Reneria: "But as far as starting Olt on Saturday night, "we’ll see," Renteria said. "I got to think about tonight’s game first, then think about tomorrow's game tomorrow." The fact that there is decision making of any kind going on here would be enough for me to fire the guy and let anybody take over. Fuck, hire Hinkse to take over the thing. I kind of like this new trend of recently retired players becoming managers. This long coaching career thing is obviously bullshit.

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