Diamondbacks Take One from Cubs, Rally to Tie Another

Jeffrey Baez (RBI triple and RBI FC) and Eloy Jimenez (RBI double and RBI single) collected two RBI a piece to help the Cubs take a 7-1 lead, but Fernery Ozuna drove-in four runs with two two-run singles (one in the 5th and the other with two outs in the bottom of the 7th) as the Diamondbacks rallied to tie the Cubs 7-7 on Jackrabbit Field, and Everett Williams belted an RBI triple, singled, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run, and Mark Thomas drilled an RBI single, tripled, stole a base, and scored two runs, leading the D'backs to a 7-4 victory on Whirlwind Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader action this morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.

Rony Rodriguez (RBI single and a two run HR) knocked in three runs and Shamil Ubiera drilled an RBI double, singled, and scored a run in a losing cause for the Cubs on Whirlwind Field.

Both games were pre-planned as seven-inning contests.

In EXST Cubs roster news, outfielders Casper Wells (back spasms) and Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) have completed their EXST rehabs and have been moved-up to AAA Iowa (Wells has been reinstated from Iowa's 7-day DL, and Ruggiano remains on the Cubs MLB 15-day DL and is assigned to Iowa on a Minor League Rehab Assignment), and RHPs Zak Hermans and Corbin Hoffner have been moved-up to Kane County from EXST, replacing RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (7-day DL - shoulder) and LHP Nathan Dorris (moved up to Daytona) on the KC roster. 

Wells hit 182/345/273 in seven Cactus League EXST games (29 PA), with two doubles, five BB, a HBP, and three K, while Ruggiano hit 154/214/231 in four Cactus League EXST games (14 PA), with a double, a walk, and three K. Ruggiano also clubbed two ringing doubles and stole 3rd base in Saturday's intrasquad game. 

THE PITCHING LINES FROM ZAK HERMANS' EIGHT 2014 CACTUS LEAGUE EXST OUTINGS
4/9  -  1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/FO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
4/11 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
4/15 - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2/2 GO/FO, 25 pitches (14 strikes)
4/18 - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 11 pitches (8 strikes)
4/24 - 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/4 GO/FO, 32 pitches (22 strikes)
4/29 - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/4 GO/FO, 43 pitches (28 strikes)
5/5  -  3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 3/2 GO/FO, 46 pitches (30 strikes) 
5/13 - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 31 pitches (18 strikes)  
TOTAL: 16.0 IP, 11 H, 4 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 13 K, 1 HBP, 2 WP, 2 PO, 1 GIDP, 18/15 GO/FO, 67% strikes, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .196 OppBA

THE PITCHING LINES FROM CORBIN HOFFNER'S EIGHT 2014 CACTUS LEAGUE EXST OUTINGS
4/14 - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 5/1 GO/FO, 41 pitches (27 strikes) 
4/18 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 15 pitches (9 strikes) 
4/21 - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 
4/26 - INTRASQUAD GAME  
4/29 - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 13 pitches (9 strikes) 
5/3   - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 6/0 GO/FO, 15 pitches (12 strikes) 
5/7   - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 4/1 GO/FO, 19 pitches (15 strikes) 
5/10 - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/FO, 22 pitches (16 strikes)
5/16 - 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 6/1 GO/FO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
TOTAL: 14.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 2 GIDP, 25/9 GO/FO, 73% strikes, 1.26 ERA, 0.42 WHIP, .109 OppBA  

Here are the abridged box scores from today's games (Cubs players only):  
WHIRLWIND FIELD:

CUBS SQUAD "A" LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 0-4 (P-6, P-4, F-8, F-8)
2. Kevin Brown, LF: 1-3 (HBP, 1B, L-8, 1-3, 2 R)
3. Shamil Ubiera, RF: 2-4 (L-7, 2B, 1B, P-6, R, RBI)
4. Rony Rodriguez, 1B: 2-4 (1B, K, HR, K, R, 3 RBI)
5. Roney Alcala, DH: 1-2 (4-3, HBP, 1B)
6. Jesse Hodges, 3B: 0-3 (K+WP, L-7, 5-4 FC)
7. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, E-4, K)
8. Mark Malave, C: 1-3 (3-1, F-9, 1B)
9. Gleyber Torres, SS: 0-2 (BB, K, K, PO)

CUBS SQUAD "A" PITCHERS:
1. Jeferson Mejia: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3 WP, 1/2 GO/FO, 54 pitches (28 strikes)
2. Yomar Morel: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/3 GO/FO, 28 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Francisco Carrillo: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/2 GO/FO, 33 pitches (21 strikes)
4. Victor Salazar: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/FO, 8 pitches (6 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "A" ERRORS: 3
1. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (dropped pop fly allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely - eventually scored unearned run)
2. 1B Rony Rodriguez - E-3 (throwing error on attempted 3-6 FC allowed baserunner to reach 2nd base safely and advance to 3rd base)
3. 3B Jesse Hodges - E-5 (two-base throwing error allowed baserunner to score unearned run from 2nd base)

CUBS SQUAD "A" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Mark Malave: 0-2 CS, 1 PO

JACKRABBIT FIELD:

CUBS SQUAD "B" LINEUP:
1. Rashad Crawford, DH #1: 0-2 (BB, 4-3, BB, K, R, CS)
2. Elliot Soto, SS: 1-4 (K, E-5, 1B, K, R)
3. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-3 (K, 3B, 5-4 FC, R, 2 RBI)  
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH #2: 2-3 (6-3, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI)
5. Oliver Zapata, LF: 0-3 (F-9, F-9, K)
6. Ricardo Marcano, 1B: 0-3 (1-3, F-9, K)
7. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-2 (BB, F-9, F-9, R)
8. Justin Marra, C: 1-3 (1B, 3-1, 3-1, R)
9. Bryant Flete, 2B: 1-2 (FC+E6, BB, 1B, 2 R, RBI, SB)
10. Arnaldo Calero, RF: 0-3 (5-3, K, 2-U, RBI)  

CUBS SQUAD "B" PITCHERS:
1. Luis Hernandez: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 7/1 GO/FO, 39 pitches (26 strikes)
2. Trey Lang: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 39 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Carlos Llano: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 4/2 GO/FO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)

CUBS SQUAD "B" ERRORS: NONE

CUBS SQUAD "B" CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Justin Marra: 2-2 CS

CUBS SQUAD "B" OUTFIELD ASSISTS:
CF Jeffrey Baez - baserunner thrown out 8-1-4 trying to advance from 1st to 2nd on a sacrifice fly

ATTENDANCE: 8

WEATHER: Sunny & a bit breezy with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

PHIL: Did you know all of the crowd in attendance today?

Most of them. The usual regulars.   

Bring up the other J Baez!!!

More mock drafts:

http://mlbdraftinsider.com/2014/05/the-mock-v...

"Jackson 33 percent, Aaron Nola 33 percent, Gordon 20 percent, Surprise! 14 percent"

http://www.minorleagueball.com/2014/5/19/5724...

"Jackson seems like a good fit here due to the Cubs' philosophy on impact players. He is the biggest impact bat in the prep class and would join an amazingly powerful projected lineup in the windy city. I think they would prefer an arm but Hoffman's injury hinders that plan. If one of the top three arms slips to them, they will likely take one."

I feel the same way about this as I did last year - pitching is very suspect in first rounders, or any rounders. I like the TheoCorp philosophy of grabbing lots of arms and seeing what happens. It's possible one of those three pitchers will be available cuz somebody else will want a bat, but I bet they pick a bat. Luckily, Wilken isn't picking, so hopefully no surprise picks with mono or whatever it was that one guy had a few years back.

It will be interesting to see if Olt is in child care center tonite while the big boys face Tanaka.

The sidebar comments are usually pretty intelligent, but what possible indication does Derek Blume have that Cubs' fans will boo Soriano? I think he finished his tenure very strong and was pretty well liked by the time he left. I think he'll hear plenty of cheers tonight.

Why will they boo Soriano Same one's that gave David DeJesus a standing o.

but what possible indication does Derek Blume have that Cubs' fans will boo Soriano?

because he's not Mark DeRosa

Mike Olt get your big boy pants on! Baker and Sureouts playing too. /No hit alert at level Koufax

So let me get this straight: One of our best hitters, one on a little power surge as well, is going to sit in favor of the worst hitter in the NL against the Top pitcher? To be more "righty"? And, I may add, the wind is blowing out to left today here, not doing anything special for our already contact-challenged lefty specialists. Essentially Happy Ricky is giving the Yankees two automatic outs three times through the order. Against Tanaka. What a moran.

I'm not sure I see a big deal with this one. I assume you mean Baker for Castillo to make the line-up more left-handed? Castillo is one our best hitters and has been doing well as of late, unfortunately for the 2014 Cubs that translates into him being 6 for his last 29 ABs, with 1 HR going back the last 10 days! Baker hasn't played since the 15th, so he's due for a day, and this gives Castillo two full days of rest, which is invaluable for a catcher in a long season. And some would say that it is good that he sits against a really tough pitcher, so he can avoid an O-fer and continue his success/confidence when he gets back in tomorrow. It's a pretty easy case for giving your catcher two days rest and getting another lefty in the lineup at the same time.

Also, tomorrow is a day game and you can get Castillo in there with Samardzija against the rookie, Whitley.

Part of Alex Guerrero's ear was "displaced by a bite" during altercation with Miguel Olivo, according to Guerrero's agent, Scott Boras.

say what?

They were freakin' teammates. Now Guerrero's going to miss 5 weeks. How can you not release Olivo?

If Zambrano bit off Guerrero's ear, the Cubs would have released Guerrero.

no one needs a catcher around who can't take a punch.

Olivo was suspended without a length specified and have now released him. Isotopes manager......... Damon Berryhill.

2nd pitch of the game hammel takes one off the pitching hand...and the ball goes for an infield single. fun times. throws his first warmup after trainer checkup about 20ft outside and high...next couple close to the plate...stays in the game. whatever.

he cannot control his slider...his fastball is the only thing he can handle.

You can see the ball stitches imprinted on his back of hand, toward the wrist.

Lake took ball 4 for strike three. If he gets that call he will be perfect tonite.

I thought that was a good take considering it was Lake.

polite applause for sori /good

Yeah I mean who boos Soriano? Stupid prediction. No idea what he's talking about.

valbuean dooble, nearly hr

Only a player for the Cubs could get a dooble.

Glad to see this https://twitter.com/ChicagoSports/status/4688... Wtf is this? https://twitter.com/MDGonzales/status/4689031... Guess all the stadium and city issues are okay

Yankees' announcers are so much better than the Cubs'.

Cubs lead 1-0

Between the "slugging bunt" and falling over while hitting, Junior Lake's at-bat was the best thing I've seen in a long time.

And by "best," I mean most hilarious.

If he had placed that slugging bunt better he would have had himself a dooble.

That was a crazy swing since bernie carbo in 75 world series

Hammel sailing along

Dooble dooble for valbuena

Luis "Why can't all pitchers be Tanaka?" Valbuena

Hurry up and make your out Sureouts, I wanna see Olt

Mike Oltimate Warrior- rbi single 2-0

Like a BOLT of lightning, just after the lightning strike

baker dooble wtf?

Cubbery safety squeeze to tanaka olt out at home boni decent bunt only play tanaka gets baker out at home back to back 1-9

Tanaka is getting his pitches up so yeah, let's bunt again.

If at first you don't suck-squeeze ... try and try again.

rizzo just swung at a ball that hit him...that's a true cub move.

Tanaka starting to get the call 3-4 inches outside. This could get ugly.

Starting?

Well he got the one on Lake early but then he was pitching up and struggling with the rain I think. In the 5th he started taking advantage of it in Rizzo and Castro. To be fair Hammel is getting it too. Just Hammel isn't working it and is much wilder when he misses. Tanaka is super smart and won't throw over the plate.

valbuena tree for tree

Mike Oltimate Warrior- sac fly rbi 3-1

Glad skipper gave him this easy matchup.

Somehow Schlitter pitched seventh and then sang "take me out to the ball game." http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Clay+Cook+...

lulz

jd and len seem to be falling apart in the booth in the bottom 7th. i've not heard so much dead air and only 1 person calling the game for an extended period for a very long time.

Mike Oltimate Warrior -RBI bb Helluva lineup when team leader in RBI platoons and bats seventh

That game yesterday against Tanaka should earn Olt a week off. Maybe he should take a quick vacation somewhere. Ironically, other than the way he handles Olt, Happy doesn't bother me too much. This seems like a better coached team than last year's and even though they do seem to find an impressive number of ways to lose, their record seems like it ought to be better than it is. They had a good approach towards Tanaka, as if someone actually was coaching these guys on how to try to beat him. That was weird to watch as a Cubs fan, and almost makes me uncomfortable.

See what happens when you fucking throw strikes with a 5 run lead. Jesus.

I know there are sites that track pitches on batters and maybe after a few more weeks it will be worth taking a look, but it seems like Lake is taking a better approach during the last couple weeks. Not quite as wild with the late pitching count swings, seems to be interested in moving runners, etc.

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  • Arizona Phil 4 hours 3 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: That's correct.

    Under the new rules, the 38-man AAA reserve list is now only used beginning on the date reserve lists are filed in November and extending up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft. Then after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, everybody goes back into the off-season 190-man Domestic Reserve List hopper. 

     

  • jdrnym 7 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Phil, can you settle a Twitter discussion? A team can only select players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft until its 38-man Triple-A reserve list is full, correct? Don't believe this changed with the latest Major League Rules that introduced the Domestic Reserve List and eliminated individual level reserve lists during the offseason.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 24 min ago (view)

    "Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Carlos Correa's agent has been contacted by the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Braves.

    It's not clear when the contact took place or what level of interest each club has."

    ...with the yanks and dodgers both with piles of cash and a bit of need, i wouldn't get too stoked...but at least there seems to be some interest in what his market is.

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 44 min ago (view)

    Stroman's salary escalators apply to 2024, so if Stroman reaches 160 IP in either 2022 or 2023 (but not both) it adds $2M to his 2024 salary, and if he reaches 160 IP in both 2022 and 2023 it would add $4M to his to 2024 salary.

    So he gets $25M in both 2022 and 2023 (that's locked-in), and then either $21M, $23M , or $25M in 2024, depending upon whether he reaches his salary escalators in 2022 and/or 2023. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 49 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: I should also mention that the Cubs cannot outright David Bote while he is injured or rehabbing from an injury, except during a window starting on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the day that off-season reserve lists must be filed (normaly 11/20, but it was 11/19 in 2021 because 11/20 fell on a Saturday, and it will be 11/18 in 2022 because 11/20 will fall on a Sunday). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 5 min ago (view)

    W-RAT: The Cubs can outright David Bote (if he is not claimed off waivers) once the transaction freeze is lifted. That's not a problem. 

    If he is outrighted and then elects free-agency, he would forfeit what remains of his contract - AS LONG AS - the contract is not fully guaranteed. 

    If the contract is fully guaranteed he would likely elect free-agency and the Cubs would be on the hook for what remains of his salary, offset by the MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB deal with another club.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 22 min ago (view)

    kristin call has been named GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  she's been the assistant/associate GM for a few years and was formally a marketing director for the team.

    she's been involved in baseball for a living for 16+ years.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Hey Phil - Could David Bote be outrighted at any point before the start of the season (obviously not now while players are being locked out). I wonder because if someone claimed him, oh well. If he elected free agency, wouldn't that void his contract? These are the thoughts going through my head as I look to open up another 40-man spot, and Bote will be out until at least May.

    I've read your 40-man tag for him, but I'm not quite smart enough to figure this out! :) Thanks!

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Marcus Stroman signed a three-year, $71 million contract with the Chicago Cubs that includes an opt out after the second season, sources tell ESPN. He’ll make $25 million in 2022, $25 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024. It includes $2M escalators for 160 IP in ‘22 and ‘23.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have re-signed RHRP Jonathan Holder and C-INF P.J. Higgins to 2022 minor league contracts, presumably with an NRI to MLB Spring Training. 

    They will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible, if and when there is a Rule 5 Draft. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze. 

    Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.

    backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners.  i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core.  NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...

     

  • Sonicwind75 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Stroman, a pleasant surprise.  Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.

     

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA. 

    On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two." 

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.

    OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix.  fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group...  even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.